Gina M. Yocks, nee Deeke, 69, of Fairview Heights, Ill., born Jan. 8, 1947, in Belleville, Ill., passed away July 17, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Gina was the St Louis Mercy Hospital gift shop manager for 17 years. She designed and oversaw the construction of the new gift shop in 2013. Her business savvy and extraordinary design drove the shop to become a multimillion dollar operation and one of the most successful hospital gift shops in the country. The shop is a living memorial to her love of decorating, hard work and dedication to excellence.
Gina enjoyed being with her family more than anything else. She loved her four grandchildren who called her "Nini". They were the joy of her life and always put a smile on her face. Gina was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan along with the rest of the family. She was very intelligent and a member of MENSA. She loved sitting in her garden drinking her hot morning tea watching and listening to the song birds. Decorating was her thing. She was artistic, an outstanding seamstress, loved to entertain, an excellent cook, an avid reader, a beautiful dancer, and the list goes on. She was kind, loving, understanding, put others first and brought out the best in everyone. She was truly a remarkable lady.
Gina was preceded in death by her mother, Linda, nee Ostendorf, Deeke; and her father, Eugene V, Deeke.
Surviving are her husband, Terry Yocks; sons, Dr. Brian (Karen) Yocks and David (Beth) Yocks; grandchildren, Madison (16), Jacob (13), Macy (6), and Jack (2); a brother, Stanley Deeke; in-laws, Inez (Robert) Moroni of Gilbert, La., Jeanette Miles (Curt Agne), Roxanne Santanello, Bernice (Roy) Northcutt, Donna Loeffler, Myrna Charlton, Douglas (Mary) Yocks, Kim (Rick) Coates, Myrna (Stan) Deeke; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their children.
Today I picked up your ashes. I placed them in a crystal vase on the windowsill overlooking our beautiful garden that you loved so much. I'm sitting here with you, reminiscing our 50 years together. WOW! What a wonderful life we have had! Thank you my darling. My tears are salty. They are tears of joy and sorrow. Our love goes beyond sharing a dwelling, beyond life and death. It is a pure simple love, a love that knows no end. You are in my heart forever. We will be together again someday in another garden.
Services: A memorial reception will be planned celebrating Gina's life. Details will be published when complete. Thank all of you for your kindness and sympathy.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 31, 2016