In Loving Memory: Tara Yando-Turley, 55, of Sandwich passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Mass General Hospital after a long illness.
Born and raised in Falmouth daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Cantwell) Yando. After graduating from Falmouth High School, she attended the University of Maine in Farmington where she earned her degree and teaching certification in special education. Friendly and gregarious, Tara possessed a special quality that made people, even strangers, open up to her. Her family often jokes about how she could go to the market for a gallon of milk and come home with three new friends. She loved kayaking, good music, and making friends
Tara began working at Halifax Elementary School as a special education teacher and remained there for 11 years until the birth of her first daughter. After the birth of her second daughter, she resigned to work as a stay-at-home mother until she was hired by LIFE Inc. in Mashpee to work with special needs adults in 2007. Despite undergoing cancer treatments over the past year, she continued to work full time with clients online through last spring. Her work as a case manager and social worker at LIFE will be long remembered and appreciated by staff, residents, and families.
She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Joseph Scott Turley, and her two daughters, Althea and Rahne, as well as her brother, Anthony Yando, and sisters, Ginger Sughrue, Randi Sharek, and Jackie Cusack.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 2 from 5-8PM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main St., Falmouth. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main St., Falmouth on Tuesday, August 3 at 10AM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org/site/Donation to combat the illness which claimed her father and sister.
For online guestbook, obituary and directions please visit www.chapmanfuneral.com