One never knows...we take for granted our time on earth & we think that time will stand still for us, and that there will always be 'time'...but that is not so. Last evening my friend in Alaska weighed heavy on my mind. It had been a long time since we had spoken & even though this was the norm(normal)for she & I, with each of us living our lives....I was compelled to speak with her. So, I called my dear friend 'Vonnie' as I called her & her cell was not working, strange. Then I called her home line, and stranger still, it was not working either...I sent an email...all the time telling my self that something wasn't right. If something changed(address, phone number, job, etc., or just good ole girl talk)we let one another know..
I called my oldest son & since he knew how to pull people up on the computer, like checking face book, which I am clueless about, I asked him to see about my friend Vonnie.....and then I prayed.
My son, found my friend 'Vonnie'
My heart is so very sad, as I think of all those times I was going to call months & months ago, but didn't because so many other matters were pressing in on me in my life, but I know now that time doesn't stand still for no one.
To 'Vonnie's' family whom she loved, loved loved so much like no other & her friends all over the world, including Washington, D.C. (where we met both consulted for a Women's clinic)Maryland, Chicago & Alaska, you have my sincere condolences for the loss of Yvonne(Vonnie)
She was the most kind, generous, peaceful, spirited, beautiful, well liked, forever giving, trustworthy, caring, loved person I know!
She loved life & she loved her work! She was needed in Alaska, to do what she did, she cared & it showed.
She always had a kind word & if you needed her, to talk, listen, cry on her shoulder, she was that person. She always 'GAVE' bit's & pieces of herself, sometimes spreading herself thin....but she would have it no other way, that was 'Vonnie's' way.
I will forever miss you my friend. Your bright smile & abundance for life. You are gone away but will never be forgotten.
Cradling the little one in his arms, (Jesus) said, "Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me- God who
Rest in Peace mi amiga!
Our deepest condolences to Yvonne's family for their loss. We met her during the course of my mother's very serious illness. Yvonne visited frequently and helped us to advocate on her behalf, generally going above and beyond the call of duty to help us through this very difficult passage. We shall never forget her kindness, good humor and continuing friendship. She was a very special person and will be missed.
My condolences to the grieving loved ones. May you be comforted by the scriptures that promise an end to death and mourning and pain.
May the God of all comfort strengthen your family during this time of sorrow. Those who die God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes....(Ps.116:15)
Words can't describe the shock and sadness I feel. My family was touched so deeply by Yvonne! She was one of the best friends anyone could have, the kindest, most dedicated, knowledgeable, respectful and passionate people I have ever had the pleasure to know.
Even though I was only with the Juneau Public Health Center a short time she was always in my mind when I thought about JPHC and the good times I had there. Her and my Aunt Sonja could always be found cooking up something or teasing me. She was always there when I needed a shoulder to cry on or respected advice. Her infectious humor, laughter and singing brought a smile to my face on the gloomiest of days. It was amazing to watch her ability to get through to some rough characters, tell others like it was in the sweetest way possible, calm even the most hysterical child and show such compassion and grace on those that came in making the most difficult decisions of their lives.
When my husband and I first got together she would ask me every morning how her Boo was just to irritate me with that incredible smile of hers. Knowing that I would grin at her and tell her “He's Not Your Boo.” Then I would giggle and shake my head.
As for my older son he is in shock as well. He loved Yvonne and would always want to stop by JPHC when we had time and see her and his Great Aunt Sonja. I was a single mother when I worked for the JPHC so my son would often times come in toward the end of the day and play in the playroom till I got off. Yvonne adored him and would constantly bring him out things to snack on or have him come in her office to goof off. There were many times were I would tell him No but Miss Yvonne Said Yes! You just couldn't argue when Miss Yvonne Said YES!
To the Young Family my family's heartfelt condolences go out to each of you. My God give you peace beyond measure in this time of grief. From my family to yours we give you our greatest thanks for sharing Yvonne's short time with each of us! She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
All Our Love and Prayers,
Dear Youngs, We are so sorry for your loss. St. Brendan's misses your loved one very much. Sincerely, Brita and Don
Upon my return to Alaska I learned of my friend death and cannot began to express my sadness. Yvonne brought so many happy moments in the lives of the people she met and left us all with a treasure trove of memories. We will never be able to forget her. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help to comfort us tomorrow. I know your soul will rest in peace. We all love you Yvonne.
We will all miss her beautiful smile and always kind words. Prayers for her family.....
As I remember you each day, today I remember your remarkable quality of being an excellent listener.
Yvonne's death is a great loss. She was such a kind, generous, and thoughtful person. I admired her happy spirit and optimism. It will be difficult to visit the Juneau Public Health Center and not have her presence there. My thoughts are with her family and her close friends in Juneau.
My condolences to the Young family.
May the God of confort be with you during this most difficult time.
~Isaiah 51:12-"I-I myself am the one that is conforting you people."
Yvonne, we will miss you. Your smile, love for life and hugs were the greatest. We are thankful to have known you, but wish it could have been longer. We send our sincerest condolences to your family. The Sugars.
She was one of sweetest person Ive ever meet, an excellent/outstanding nurse to my kids.We we're saddened to hear of her passing.We will miss her a lot. May she rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to your family. From Pereyra family
As a collegue and kind leader, Yvonne brought much energy and fun to all she endeavored. She was patient, tolerant and always saw the best in a situation. It is no wonder that the kind words written here mirror her gifts and the true blessing it was to have met and known her.
I join with so many others who knew Yvonne in the sadness and loss of her passing. Yvonne was a talented and dedicated public health nurse with a passion for her work and for those she served.
It has been said that the measure of a life well-lived is not in how much money one has or what possessions they have accumulated, but rather through the lives they touched and the sorrow they leave behind. I pray that those closest to Yvonne find peace and comfort in knowing that her loss is felt by all whose life she touched. Hers was indeed a life well-lived.
You are missed Yvonne.
YY, you and I were soulmates in the world of public health and you taught me so much. I will miss your smile, lovely voice, friendship and of course your cooking! You left us too soon for some reason you thought we would be ok so I have to believe that. Miss you, J
Yvonne! I can't believe what I am reading..this is so shocking....All I can say is that you are an amazing person, and I was so glad to meet and work with you at the Public Health Center. May you be at rest and have eternal happiness! You will be missed!!!
Miss Yvonne, your laugh and smile will be missed greatly. Some of my fondest memories of working at the JP Health Center, were of you bursting into loud joyful song in the hallways. May you continue to sing just as vibrantly in the halls of heaven. Love,
Yvonne is going to be so missed by the Juneau community. Her smile and laughter brightened rooms. I am so sorry.
YY, the days just aren't the same without your laughter ringing through the hallways. My heart aches every morning when I walk past your darkened office. You were a mentor and a dear friend and you will be so dearly missed by so many people.
Juneau will never be the same without you.
Plans are being tentatively made for a celebration of life for Yvonne in mid to late June. Will let you know as information becomes available. Please let others know.
Yvonne blessed anyone who ever had a chance to meet her. She had a gift from God and she was an angel walking with us. Now she's an angel singing her heart out and dancing on the gold streets ~ My prayers and love to her family... Love to all
You will be missed very much. You were my nurse at Bartlett so many years ago. Throughout the years I kept in touch with you. You will never be forgotten. I am so surprised to see that you are no longer with us, but I know that you are up there watching down on all of us and caring for so many. My thoughts are with your family at this time. Rest in Peace and will see you again one day.
I was so surprised to see this today! I loved Yvonne, she was such a wonderful person and always had a great smile for her patients. I worked with her at Public Health for a short time and got to know her. I would send her birthday cards, Christmas cards and any other holiday. I'm going to miss you Yvonne!!! I love you and will see you in our new home HEAVEN!!
Yvonne always showed up at Super shot to assist. A hard worker, who volunteered at many events, and will be missed by the nursing community.
Had the pleasure of meeting Yvonne a couple of times as she tended to my mother. She was one of the sweetest persons I've ever met. I was saddened to hear of her passing as is my sister and mother. We were wondering if there will be any services held here in Juneau. If so, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne, you were a special, strong woman who was admired and loved by many. You had the biggest heart, the best laugh and the funniest jokes! You were kind, a positive role model and a wonderful person to work with. Mondays will never be the same without you! It breaks my heart that you are no longer with us, but you, my dear friend, are in a much better place in Heaven. I am so very thankful for the time that I did have with you and you will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers to your family!
May the comfort found through the scriptures bring you comfort in the days to come.
May you find peace and comfort during this sad time…Psalms 25:16,17
My Dearest Friend, No words can convey the sorrow felt by all who knew and loved you. I will wait for the day that we are together again and I can see your magnificenet smile and hear your beautiful voice. Until then my friend you are in my heart, always.
My wonderful wonderful Yvonne. We will miss our Holiday dinners and hanging out. You always knew your time could be short, but you embraced life. You cared for others and man you could fry a chicken. Our love to you Pat and your family. Please reach out to Jeff and I anytime. We love your sister very much. Thanks for letting Alaska have her.
May God hold you in his arms until the day when we will see your beautiful smile again. My friend always and alive in my heart.
wow what a shocker.. Miss Yvonne we will miss your laugh, your smile and your always willing to be there to help someone. May the angels be on your shoulders. You will truely be missed by many.. we loved talking to you in clinic and in town. Our deepest condolences to your family.
You were a great person with a special heart to every one in juneau espically mine. I was always happy to see you and ypur sister when she came to juneau. Now you are with god and my husband and dad taking care of them and others. I will mlss your smiling face
Dear, dear, Yvonne,
How happy I am to have known you, both as a close friend and a professional colleague.
Your tireless outreach to others and sense of personal integrity were wondrous to behold.
I wish blessings and peace on your family and friends as we mourn your loss. I will look for you in the spring flowers (especially the pink ones). I will listen for you in beautiful music.
The celestial choir just gained another powerful, jubilant voice, coupled with a sassy sense of humor, and impeccable style. (Not to mention the perfect shade of lipstick).
As those of us who knew you continue our lives, we will be inspired by your memory.
With love and friendship,
Although I didn't know her personally, I know she worked at our school and helped a lot of our youth, Thank you for sharing her with us, May she rest in peace. Janice TMHS
Juneau has lost an excellent nurse and a dear and beloved friend. There will never be another Yvonne. Prayers out to her family, close friends and the patients she devotely served. We are all mourning our loss.