Mary Jo Eggner Yates

August 3, 1949May 13, 2018

Mary Jo Yates, 68, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Mary Jo was born in Tampa on August 3, 1949 to H. Hollis and Kathleen (O’Grady) Eggner. She and her husband, Ron, were married for 42 years and have two daughters, Kathleen and Melissa. Mary Jo was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, as well as a trusted and loyal friend. She was an extraordinarily talented seamstress and enjoyed using her gifts to make beautiful things for the people she loved. Mary Jo delighted in playing bridge at the St. Petersburg Bridge Club, spending time in the mountains with her husband, sewing in her sewing room and spending time with her four precious grandchildren. A lifetime resident of Tampa, she graduated from H.B. Plant High School and was an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church, where she worked for many years. Her memory and legacy of love will live on through her husband, Ron; her daughters Kathleen (Micah) Gerber and Melissa (Sam) Elsberry; and her grandchildren Ella, Grady, Lucy and Wade. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 16th from 5pm to 7pm at Blount and Curry Macdill 605 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33609, and Funeral Services will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 33609 Thursday, May 17 at 9am with a private graveside service to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Salesian Sisters of St. Don Bosco, Provincial Office, 655 Belmont Ave., Haledon, NJ 07508 or LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609.


  • Salesian Sisters of St. Don Bosco
  • LifePath Hospice



  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 17, 2018


  • Committal Service

Mary Jo Eggner Yates

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Jan Grant Collier

May 23, 2018

To Ron, Melissa & Kathleen,

I offer to you my most heartfelt condolences over the loss of MARY JO, one of the most genuine, and caring members of our large Class of '67.
All of us who new knew her loved her and her sunshiney personality is now missing from our group, But more importantly, from your beautiful family.
.Having recently lost my brother, as well as my mother, I know the sting of the void left by such an intimate loss.

We all grieve with you.

May God comfort all of you. And keep you in his grace. I know he will.

Jan Grant Collier

Nanci Newton

May 18, 2018

Mary Jo was a cherished childhood friend of mine. Growing up on the same block of Rosemere Rd in the Beach Park neighborhood, we roamed the streets, the swamps, and bayous nearby, looking for adventure. Her dog Cocoa frequently accompanied us. I recall sneaking out of our houses on Saturdays before dawn, to ride our bicycles, which made us feel "wicked" and free. Mary Jo, as everyone who knew her will recognize, was a particularly kind and sweet woman, and she was just like that as a child. I will profoundly miss her and profoundly cherish the joy she contributed to my childhood.
Nanci Newton

Paula. (formerly Leonardo) Pitts

May 16, 2018

Dear Ron, Kathleen, & Melissa,
I am so very, very sorry.
Mary Jo was an exceptional human being, and an amazing mother, wife and outstanding, exceptionally talented person in so many ways. She is gone far too early, yet fully accomplished her mission as matriarch.
Occasionally I had the opportunity to personally witness her mothering skills and her gifted ability to impart her wisdom to the 3 of you. Brilliant! She was a born matriarch.
Rest In Peace Mary Jo.
Love, Paula

Sr. Joanne Holloman

May 14, 2018

Dear Ron, Kathleen and Melissa,
Know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of all the Salesian Sisters. I am so grateful to God that I was able to see you all last Saturday while Mary Jo was still in the hospital. Although you will miss her she was ready to "go home" and will be with you every second of every day.
United in prayer and love,
Sr. Joanne Holloman, FMA
Haledon, NJ