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Juanita Tuck Yancey

May 3rd, 1936 - April 5th, 2023

Juanita Tuck Yancey, 86, of Columbia, SC, passed away on April 5, 2023, after months of treatment in her courageous battle against cancer. Juanita was born and raised in Virginia, and called South Boston, VA, home. She graduated from Halifax County High School, where she was very active. Juanita loved living in Creedmoor, NC and enjoyed some time living in Springfield, IL. For the last forty years she lived in Columbia, SC. Juanita was married to the love of her life John “Buddy” Yancey, Jr., for more than fifty years. Together, they traveled to many places in the world, and raised a family built on faith and love. Juanita was a member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church since 1970. She was a member of the choir for many years, and the Secretary of her Sunday School Friendship Class. Juanita was a retired stay-at-home Mom and was also a stay-at-home Grandmother, part-time artist, and ”Jack- of-all-trades”. As an artist, Juanita really studied life around her; the flowers, trees, sunrise, sunset, little babies’ smiles, things we take for granted every day. This mindset made her truly aware of God’s beautiful creations. She once said, “The more I looked at things, great and small, the more I realized that God is the Greatest Artist! We should thank God daily, for all of His blessings and miracles.” This is so evident in the miracle of the birth of his son, Jesus, which we celebrate this time each year. This miracle, along with all the other miracles God performed, should keep us looking at the beauty that God has to offer. We need to make a conscious effort to slow down and enjoy life. Juanita has been a part of the SC Watermedia Society; International Society of Experimental Artists; Trenholm Artists Guild; Seven Oaks Art League; Southern Watercolor Society; Crooked Creek Art Guild. She served as board member in several art organizations. She was well known throughout the art community statewide. She was a very giving artist, willing to share her unique talents with many. She has won numerous awards throughout her art career. She worked with the art exhibits with the SC State Fair for years upon years where she built great friendships. Juanita is survived by her three children: Sharon Yancey White (James), David Yancey (Barbara), and Laura Yancey-Jones. “Nene” has six grandchildren: Jonathan White (Meg), Zachary White (Jennifer), Justin Yancey (Jael), Liz McCarthy (Chas), Ashlei Wilson (Judd), Evan Yancey-Jones. She has six great-grandchildren: Madelyn White, Louisa White, Elena White, Callum White, Charlotte McCarthy, and Whitaker McCarthy. Juanita was predeceased by her parents, Woody and Luby Tuck of Virginia; her siblings, Nell Tuck Nichols, Barbara Tuck Russell, Marshall Tuck, and son-in-law, Doug Jones. She will rejoice when she is reunited in Heaven with her loving husband, John A. Yancey, Jr. who died in 2011. Graveside funeral services for Juanita Tuck Yancey will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at Woodridge Memorial Park, 138 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, SC 29072. Pastor Bill Haselden and Reverend Emery Smith will officiate. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Monday, April 10, 2023, at Woodridge Funeral Home, 138 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the South Carolina Water Media Society to Ms. Anna Izard, Executive Manager, 226 Two Notch Trail, Easley, SC 29642.

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Carrie Young

So many of us lost a mom yesterday - it’s hard to comprehend a world without Juanita Yancey in it - without her loving voice and unforgettable, all-encompassing hugs. Juanita leaves a legacy overflowing with her love and goodness in her family. In Laura and Evan, David, Sharon, in her six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and others in the Yancy family. And in her artwork that revealed her creative inspiration and connection to God through the beautiful and miraculous. You will be sorely missed, Juanita, but there is no doubt that God is celebrating with the angels in heaven, and we will do our best to care for your angels here on earth as they grieve your loss.

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Nancy Linkesh

I was Laura’s college roommate. Mrs Yancey made us the prettiest pillow shams to make our room look beautiful. Laura used to say that her mother had an accent & she would tease her by saying “there’s a moose in the hoose. Get it oot. Get it oot!” I was very homesick when we first started our freshman year and Mrs.Yancey was so kind and took me and Laura out to dinner. I needed that mom time and she gave it to me. When my mother met Mrs. Yancey, she fell in love with one of her paintings and bought it and it is still hanging over her bed today. She was a kind and caring, loving soul. She will be missed.

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Stephanie Contartesi

🕯️ Your mom was thoughtful, caring, talented and so many other things. Whenever I would see her she would make me sit down before I did anything and ask me how I was and listen to me and always cared about what was going on with me. She will always be in my heart, always. I wish I had the right words to comfort you and yours, just know I care.

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Patricia

🕯️ Praying for the Yancey family. God mends broken hearts and he will be with you as you grieve your loved one.

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Laura Jones

More art

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Thomas DeJarnette 3rd

Velvet & I are so sorry for your loss of Juanita Tuck Yancey...

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Mardi Senn

The Yanceys have been part of my life for 49 years. Growing up a street apart from Laura, I have so many memories of splashing in the pool, carpooling to Riverland Hills, Flip-A-Knots, and I’d bet that there are vanilla wafers and peanut butter waiting in Ms. Nita’s pantry for hungry children. She will certainly be missed, never forgotten, and always treasured. I think of her everyday when I look at my cherished painting. Sending so much love and light to Laura, Evan, Sharon, David and the rest of the Yancey clan, who are truly blessed to have had this fantastic matriarch as one of their own!

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Joanna Key

🕯️ My prayers are with you and your family.

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Ansley Key

🕯️ So sorry for your family’s loss Laura. We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

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Laura Jones

Some of her artwork

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