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Rina Marie Brayley-Yanko
  • 52 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 20, 1963
  • Date of passing: Jan 14, 2016
Let the memory of Rina be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rina Brayley-Yanko, 52, born on January 20, 1963 and passed away on January 14, 2016. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sharon Marie McCabe-Incorvia on 6th March 2016

"I think of you each day. I thank God but wish you were here. That's a bad post card when you went to a better place. I know I've had o wait to do his. Bu you know me. I couldn't find the words. I guess I didn't take it so well as you'd have liked. There's one friend in every bunch that doesn't want to believe it's true. The one that wakes up thinking it was just a dream. I know nobody promised time on earth but eternal life. I told you that you were my hero and that will never change. Being human is sometimes being selfish. We wanted to keep you here so much we forgot it's not about us. You're as beautiful as ever in our hearts and minds. I didn't' expect you'd leave so soon. You made me think a lot. Losing you has been difficult for so many reasons, but I did learn from you. I need to live, not wait around for the end. You left life as you lived it, so bravely, radiantly with grace and dignity. I've leaned on faith not to question God's timing. I was told this is our purgatory. If that's what it is, you were taken so quickly because you were so good, so real and something very special, making others feel and look good. I respect how you lived your life.We don't learn from happy things. We learn from loss and pain. What seemed so far off in our younger years, I saw what my mother meant to others and the huge impact she made on earth by your age. You reminded me of her brave spirit after 35 years of missing her, I saw so much alike you were..Although also too young, her suffering was so long and painful. She never complained. Strong willed quietly pushing for normalcy till the end. I wouldn't want that pain over years for you. I've watched one after another leave. I thought about how much you impacted others lives.  You were amazing and I am grateful our lives touched for even an all to brief time. I don't believe in accidents and what we had in common. I thought I could help you but, it was the other way around. It wasn't just a God smack but like Cher slapping Nicolas Cage telling him "what's a matter with you". I'm grateful for the time being quality while sharing yourself with so many. Best of all a good, honest and true friend with a contagious smile. So many friends new and old, all walks of life, now honor your memory. You are in hearts and minds always and forever. Until we meet again my sweet friend..."

This tribute was added by Glenda Carnahan on 21st January 2016

"Rina Angel your loving words will always remain in my heart as I make my journey here. But soon dear we will all be there to join you in that mansion in the sky the home our Father has prepared for you and me. You will always be remembered  by many and missed by all that had the blessing to meet you my friend. Loving memories last forever."

This tribute was added by Greg Vachon on 20th January 2016

"Happy heavenly Birthday beautiful Rina. Thinking of you all the time and missing you. Hugs to you Michael. Love you both dearly."

This tribute was added by Michael G. Yanko on 20th January 2016

"On your birthday I am celebrating you and our undying love. No man could ever ask GOD for a better wife-partner-friend-lover and I am so blessed to be the one you chose to spend your life with. I will see you soon and we will love again! Miss you baby!"

This tribute was added by Toni Welch on 18th January 2016

"I will miss this lovely lady who brought so much joy to the world. She knew how to live life to the fullest and make everyone around her laugh and smile. We will meet up again one day and don't do any Platte Valley treatments without me! Love ya Rina............."

This tribute was added by Dawn Vachon on 17th January 2016

"Rina I miss you dearly, I have been thinking about all of the memories that we shared,  I love you I will see you someday, I love you"

This tribute was added by Sherri Johnson on 16th January 2016

"Your smile will always be with me."

This tribute was added by Jan Reifsteck on 16th January 2016

"This little light does not compare to the light and love you feel in the light of you Maker.  While you will be missed on earth your Soul will Soar."

This tribute was added by Richard Jones on 16th January 2016

"Godspeed Rina, I hope that beautiful smile lights your way xxx"

This tribute was added by Lisa LaRue on 16th January 2016

"This is so hard saying goodbye to one of my best friends and "sisters".  I take comfort that I was blessed enough to spend her last day with her and other family and friends everyone surrounding her with love.  Her beautiful smile and passion for life will brighten Heaven even more and shine a spotlight on Muchael and all of us that knew and loved her."

This tribute was added by Rhonda Smith on 16th January 2016

"My heart is broken dear friend, although we never had been properly introduced in person, I knew you from the RL Cruises, you always had such a beautiful upbeat personality & smile! Rina, you left a heart prints on everyone you met, you will be missed and dearly loved always❤️
Your friend forever,
Rhonda Smith
Navasota, TX
Rock On ✌"

This tribute was added by Robbi Cohn on 16th January 2016

"Dear Rina...you are on my mind and forever in my heart!!  We'll all be together, forever and ever, when we make it to the promised land!!  <3 <3 <3"

This tribute was added by Denise Carter on 16th January 2016

"I know you're in heaven taking spectacular photos of Bowie, Presley and so many more. That comforts me. I'll miss your positive outlook and your pure honesty but mostly the passion you had for all that you loved, your husband & your work. Oh and then there's that smile.. You had a million dollar smile, and one day we will get to see that again. Praying for Michael and all of your loved ones now. Save me a front row seat and a back stage pass to the big show. Xoxo!"

This tribute was added by Don Webb on 16th January 2016

"Met both Rina & Micheal when they did karaoke. Became fast friends with them. They even took pics of my wedding. With friends like Rina the world is brighter.  Your gonna be missed."

This tribute was added by Jeff Kelly on 16th January 2016

"Was great to meet you this passed summer .you will be greatly missed"

This tribute was added by Karen Adams on 16th January 2016

"Rina & Michael,
You have both meant so much to me as the people you are and through including me into Rock Legends Photographers. I will miss her sweet smile and laugh in the pit next to me and backstage everywhere.
Michael you have have been in my thoughts every day ♡♡♡
Kare~"

This tribute was added by Debbie Kelso on 16th January 2016

"Rina, you will be missed by many in so many different ways. You gave so much to what you loved doing and they loved you back. Thank you for your sweet calls to just check on my sons musical career... That meant so much!  God bless you Rina and Michael. Just heartbroken.."

This tribute was added by Andrea McCarthy on 16th January 2016

"We will see each other again. Until that day I will miss your wonderful smile. Love you beautiful lady."

This tribute was added by Roxanna Zylstra on 16th January 2016

"You will be missed my dear friend."

This tribute was added by Simonne Cline on 16th January 2016

"My beautiful friend Rina, You touched so many lives with your smile and generosity. My life is better having met you. Dance with the angels.   <3"

This tribute was added by Sheila Baker on 16th January 2016

"We will all miss that beautiful smile and endless positive quotes and posts. You always took time out of your schedule to cheer up a friend in need and  got me through some very dark hours for which I will never forget. You are loved and will always be missed."

This tribute was added by Phyllis Lord on 16th January 2016

"R.I.P. beautiful lady. See you when we see you. My sympathy for your husband, family & friends."

This tribute was added by Jimmy Sine on 16th January 2016

"Rina, I will never forget you for being so supportive of my music. You were a breath of sunshine to people. You will be truly missed! R.I.P sweetheart. ❤️"

This tribute was added by Janice Hersey on 16th January 2016

"Heaven gained another Angel. RIP Rina."

This tribute was added by Diane Dykstra on 15th January 2016

"Sweet ANGEL Rina  You've a blessind 1000's your blessings never be gone  Rip my Friend"

This tribute was added by Rebecca Jolly on 15th January 2016

"It was such a pleasure to meet you on the Simple man cruise, will never forget your radiant smile , may you take beautiful pictures in Heaven and Fly high .RIP Rebecca Jolly"

This tribute was added by Pamela Eder on 15th January 2016

"Rina, you are a beautiful person with such a zest for life. I will always remember our talks and how much you worried about Michael. Your contagious smile and warm personality will be embetted in my heart forever. Your strength  thru this whole thing was remarkable. I am so blessed to have known a courageous lady. I will miss you but never forget you. God has called you to be his beautiful angel in Heaven. RIP !"

This tribute was added by Lisa Dalton on 15th January 2016

"I had no idea she was leaving us.  Who would have known?  Always laughing, always positive.  I was convinced she was beating this crap.   Kick it to the curb!  That is what we said.  I met Rina Marie on RLC 1. She made a huge impression on me.  We co- managed Charlie Wooton's fan page.  She had the best laugh!  The best attitude.  The best southern voice...I am from Maryland!   She is ever present in my mind.  I know she is flying high, as I heard Tom Petty today, "Learning to Fly", i thought of her.  What a party heaven must be with Rina Marie Yanko at the helm.  God Bless."

This tribute was added by Holly Shaw-Hollis on 15th January 2016

"A smile that would shine across the miles, and a positive attitude that was contagious. Rina, you'll be missed but your memory will live on as we celebrate your life by enjoying our favorite music with many of your friends. We love you. We are better people because we had you as a friend. Thank you.  -Bil & Holly"

This tribute was added by Keith Craven on 15th January 2016

"Rina your friendship & kindness to me and my son Andrew is a blessing that we will always treasure . Your life was bright shining example to us all on how to live well with a good heart towards all . We love you & look forward to seeing you in Heaven dear friend ."

This tribute was added by Mary King Morgan on 15th January 2016

"I only knew Rina as a fb friend, some of her post would make me laugh on a sad day and some days I wished I could have just given her a hug.I really am going to miss you my friend!!"

This tribute was added by Robert Miller on 15th January 2016

"I know my beautiful friend is suffering no more, but it doesnt make it much easier.  You will be missed by countless numbers and your name will be mentioned often.  Rest easy and take great shots, take confirt that hubby is surrounded by friends and love.  Till we meet again"

This tribute was added by Melissa Stumpf on 15th January 2016

"I am honored to have had you in my life. Your smile, laugh, even your rants brought a smirk or a laugh to my day. Your amazing photographs,  your artsy side, just the beautiful spirit within you made the world a better place.  I will miss you lovely."

This tribute was added by Benjamin Milam on 15th January 2016

"I will always remember Momma for being the most kind-hearted person who never said No. I met her by fate one day as I was having a yard sale down the street from her. When her and Michael came up and saw DJ lights. They talked me out of selling them and coming to work for them. The rest as they say is history. Her smile always lit up even the darkest room. And I know that at from here on out she will be the one, that is right inside the gates of heaven, saying "Welcome to the Party, May your picture?" Love you Momma Rina"

This tribute was added by Ruth Spicer on 15th January 2016

"She was a guiding light for so many people, myself included.  Her boundless energy and enthusiasm for life were never-ending and it showed in the photographs she took.  I thank her for the knowledge she imparted to me and am sorry we never got the chance to meet in person.  One day we will meet in heaven.  Be blessed.  I will never forget you."

This tribute was added by Randal Turner on 15th January 2016

"I knew Rina back in the 80s, she was a true sweetheart, I hadn't seen her in years. Yet I already miss her. I'm glad I was able to reconnect with her via Facebook recently. This world was a much better place with Rina in it. She was a very special person. Prayers to Michael & Rina's family, she will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Kathy Barfield on 15th January 2016

"I knew from the minute Yank brought you to my house and introduced us, you were someone special. I wish we lived closer to each other so we could have spent more time together. I cherished the times we did have together. You always had a smile, had such grace and welcomed everyone like family. You were truly a bright spot here on earth. Rest in Peace now, your fight is over. When I think of you, I will smile."

This tribute was added by Greg Vachon on 14th January 2016

"You are loved and admired by all you crossed paths with. It has been wonderful knowing you and being your friend for the last 13 years will leave me with many beautiful memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I know you are rocking on and snapping pictures of all your family, friends and rock stars that have been waiting for you above us. Love you dearly my friend. RIP"

This tribute was added by Theresa Mcnair on 14th January 2016

"My wonderful dear friend may you look down on all of us and share your contagious zest for life, love and happiness. You are one of my dearest friends and my life is more complete as you were a part of it. I remember all the wonderful times doing karoke with you and Mike, and how my kids loved doing Sundays and kiss karoke. Your bring party of the kids sweet sixteen party, Kristina's wedding, my wedding, many many family photo shoots and spending the holidays with you are memories I will cherish forever. You will be missed but you will be in my heart forever. Love you my dear friend. We will see each other again and I will feel you in my heart forever."

This tribute was added by Nancy Kleiner on 14th January 2016

"This saddens me , I met Rina  and got to know her and Michael in Florida at a "Molly Hatchet", show ! we always talked on facebook and messaged one another, her kindness, Photography ad just the way she was  will  be missed by any of us !! I was also with them in Miami and we had a beautiful time ! It just isn't right..however I know God had something really special for her to do ! Rina  you are Loved and Missed by many!!"

This tribute was added by Joanna Richardson on 14th January 2016

"We will all remember the amazing woman you are. Your smile ,laugh and love are contagious. Heaven gained another Angel today. Continue to Rock on Rina we love you and will miss you my dear friend."

This tribute was added by Hailey Rhode-Wiscombe on 14th January 2016

"Rock on princess, rock on. We will miss you dearly and never forget your contagious smile. Rip!!!!"


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