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Marion Yarnall, 92, caring volunteer

Marion Yarnall, a devoted volunteer to countless St. Petersburg charities and civic groups, has died at age 92.

Mrs. Yarnall, named Queen of Hearts in 1991 in recognition of her civic work, died Sunday (May 3, 1998) at Sunrise at North Shore.

She had lived at Sunrise since September, when her health began to fail, said her daughter, Pamela K. Calamas of Oldsmar.

Active late in life, she attended a function honoring Museum of Fine Arts volunteers last May as well the annual meeting of the Sword of Hope, an American Cancer Society auxiliary. She was its treasurer.

"She enjoyed being active, contributing to the community," her daughter said Monday. "She loved St. Petersburg very much and loved all these causes. She was not just a nominal member."

Mrs. Yarnall spoke little about what she did, her daughter recalled.

"She really didn't talk about it," she said. "She just did it."

A 27-year resident, Mrs. Yarnall, a tiny woman with boundless energy, spread her volunteer talents into causes ranging from the Museum of Fine Arts and the St. Petersburg Woman's Club, to the Florida Orchestra Guild, St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary, Infinity and Cross of Lorraine.

She might have been a group's president _ or she might have been back in the kitchen fixing food. It didn't matter to her, said one observer of Mrs. Yarnall's volunteerism in action.

It was that spirit that brought her the Queen of Hearts title. The honor has been bestowed each year since 1959 on a woman judged to have done the most for the community.

Born in New York City, she came here in 1971 from Tenafly, N.J., with her husband, Vincent D. Kane Sr., who retired from New Jersey Bell Telephone. An obstetrics nurse, she retired from Englewood (N.J.) Hospital.

Mr. Kane, to whom she was married for 44 years, died in 1973. Three years later, she married Willard "Pete" Yarnall, former board chairman of ECI. He died in 1979.

Other survivors include a son, Vincent D. Kane Jr., Niceville; a sister, Arline Greene, Westwood, N.J.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, 2201 Dr. M.L. King (Ninth) St. N. A wake service will be at 5 p.m.

A memorial Mass will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. A reception will be at 3 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

The family suggested memorial contributions to St. Anthony's Hospital or to any of the charities Mrs. Yarnall supported.

_ Information from Times files was used in this obituary.