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Ann Yates, 1948-2007

Ann Yates, a natural products retailer and health care pioneer, died Oct. 30. She was 59.

Ms. Yates opened Nature?s Pantry, the largest natural products store in Knoxville, Tenn., 30 years ago. In 2002 she opened Well By Nature, Knoxville?s first holistic wellness center that had offices for massage therapists, acupuncturists, personal trainers, chiropractors and other natural health practitioners.

She is survived by her daughter, Meredith and son, Ben of Knoxville; her father, Harold Reeves of Springfield, Tenn.; and two nieces, Kelly Reeves of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Beth Chenoweth of Huntsville, Ala.

A celebration of life service will be held Nov. 16 at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer International.

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