Jessica Kaye Yeaman

August 12, 2011 - March 19, 2021

Visitation: A Rememberee, with family present,  will be held on Saturday, March 27th from 2-4 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.

Jessica Kaye Yeaman, age 9, died Friday, March 19, 2021 in a automobile accident near Beloit, IA.  A Rememberee, with family present,  will be held on Saturday, March 27th from 2-4 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.  In lieu of flowers, please donate a new stuffed animal to the Sanford Children’s Hospital or donate to Make-A-Wish of South Dakota and Montana  1400 W. 17th Street  Sioux Falls, SD  57104. Donations can be made online at:

          Jessica was born on August 12, 2011 in Kemmerer, WY.  She was currently a 3rd grader at West Lyon School.  Jessica loved unicorns, singing, drawing, fishing, making people smile, and spending time with family.  She was a giver who also cared deeply for animals.  She was also a survivor of Leukemia.

          Left to remember Jessica are her parents, Dan and Tammi Gardner; sisters, Kathren and Rachel Gapinski; uncle, David and Elycia Gardner; aunts, Michelle and Jay Gardner and Tracy and Vince Park; grandparents, Bruce and Mary Jane Scheerle and Susan Gardner; along with numerous cousins, extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Tashina Reed; grandpa, Dennis Gardner; and her great-grandparents.

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  1. Claire M. on March 20, 2021 said:

    Dan & Tammy,
    Little Jessica died to young. Know you are all in our thoughts.
    Claude & Claire M.

  2. Sharon and Jack Smoth on March 20, 2021 said:

    Sue. Our sincere sympathy to you, the parents and family. So sad and a tragedy to lose a young one. Prayers for everyone and hugs!!

  3. Nancy Ortmann on March 20, 2021 said:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Know that I am praying for your family and precious Jessica. She was a joy to me when I took care of her during her treatment. What a beautiful sweet t girl.

  4. Anna Hill on March 20, 2021 said:

    The Lord is near to those who are broken hearted. And saves those who are cherished. Psalms 34: 18. My deepest sympathy.

  5. Colleen Sorensen on March 20, 2021 said:

    My sweet sweet Jess…how we will miss you! You were the sparkle in our classroom, the light in the hallway, and a loving friend to everyone! I am going to miss you so much. You will always have a place in my heart!

  6. Stacy on March 20, 2021 said:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  7. Connie M Siepker on March 20, 2021 said:

    Tammi and family – I am a complete loss of words on how my heart is so badly broken. Jess was a bright light to many that knew her and around her. I pray that God will wrap His loving arms around you and please know I’m always just a phone call away.

  8. kiya on March 21, 2021 said:

    She was so young 🙁 My prayers go out to your family.

  9. Travis Rice on March 21, 2021 said:

    To a very beautiful kid who was taken too soon. Your a very beautiful kid. Love you tons Jessica!
    Tammi and family. I am very sorry about your loss. I am keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.

  10. Marilyn Ahrendt — WL lunch lady on March 21, 2021 said:

    Miss Jessica, I will miss seeing your sweet face in the lunch line at school. Prayers for your family, friends, classmates and teachers during this difficult time.

  11. Deb and Mark Ripperda on March 21, 2021 said:

    We are so sorry!!!!

  12. Haley & Noah on March 22, 2021 said:

    We wanted to send our condolences to Jessica’s family. I am truly sorry, and say many prayers for you all. Jessica was a great friend and classmate. She always had a smile on, she will be missed.

  13. Jenny McKenny on March 22, 2021 said:

    To the family of Jessica:

    Jessica’s warm smile in the hallways will be missed! Although I did not have her has a student myself, it was very obvious she had a warm and caring heart.

    Jenny McKenny, WL teacher

  14. Jill Knight on March 22, 2021 said:

    I was so sorry to hear about this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Deb Kock on March 22, 2021 said:

    My prayers and sympathy to your family. Jessica was not my student, but her beautiful soul had an impact on many of us here at West Lyon! She will be dearly missed!!
    Deb Kock
    West Lyon 1st grade teacher

  16. Betty Anderson on March 22, 2021 said:

    Dan and family. I am so sorry to here of the loss of your daughter. May God be with you today and in the future as you heal through this difficult time. – Betty Anderson

  17. Jon Thorburn on March 22, 2021 said:

    My condolences to you all. A beautiful life gone all too soon. My prayers are with you. May the Love and Peace of the Lord be with you all now and always.

  18. Michelle and Lukas on March 22, 2021 said:

    To Jessica’s family:

    Our heartfelt condolences to you. We are at a complete loss for words and our hearts are broken. Jessica was such a sweet girl and friend. Many prayers to you. We pray that Jessica is safe in the arms of her Heavenly Father.

  19. Cook Plucker on March 22, 2021 said:

    Dan, Tammi and family. So sorry to here of this tragic loss of someone so young and full of love to share. Will keep you in my prayers . Cook Plucker

  20. Shawn Kreman on March 23, 2021 said:

    The West Lyon community and school have your family in our thoughts and prayers! Please know that Jessica meant so much to our school and we will forever be grateful for the happiness and positive energy she brought to many!

  21. Cari on March 24, 2021 said:

    My heart hurts for you 💔. I am praying for you all.

  22. Vicky Anderson on May 1, 2021 said:

    Was very sorry to hear about sweet Jessica. Prayers to your family Sue. It is so hard to lose one so young..