Tara Yando-Turley

Tara F. Yando-Turley of Sandwich, who most recently had been a case manager and social worker at LIFE Inc. in Mashpee, died July 25 at Massachusetts General Hospital, following a long illness. She was 55.

She was the wife of Joseph Scott Turley, to whom she was married for 31 years.

A native of Falmouth, she was one of seven children of Anthony J. and Mary Theresa (Cantwell) Yando. She was raised in Teaticket and graduated from Falmouth High School, then attended the University of Maine in Farmington, where she earned her degree and teaching certification in special education.

She joined the staff at Halifax Elementary School as a special education teacher and remained there for 11 years until the birth of her first daughter, Althea Josephine. After the birth of her second daughter, Rahne Constance, in 2000, 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, Ms. Yando-Turley continued to work full time with clients online through last spring.

She loved kayaking and music. In the early 2000s she was an instructor at SCORE Music Studios in Sandwich, introducing young children to a variety of musical instruments.

In addition to her husband and their two daughters, she leaves her brother, Anthony J. Yando Jr.; and three sisters, Ginger L. Sughrue, Randi S. Sharek and Jacklyn L. Cusack.

Her mother died in 2019 and her father, in 2009. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Victoria J. Fuller and Jodi Beth Yando.

Visitation will be Monday, August 2, from 5 to 8 PM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, August 3, at 10 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth.

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