On Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, Clara Lee Monroe Yadon passed away with loved ones by her side as she went to her eternal home in heaven. Waiting for her was her Lord and Saviour, her husband, Jack, and son, Barry Gus. We can hear Jack saying, "Here she is" and Barry Gus saying, "Mom, I told you I would take you and dad with me to heaven."
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On June 15, 1951, Clara married the love of her life, Jack Yadon. They were a great example of two people who loved each other unselfishly and always wanted the best for the other. Both of them constantly said how great the other one was and how much they loved each other.
Jack and Clara were blessed with a son, Barry Gus Yadon who sadly died at the age of six from cystic fibrosis. The loss of Barry broke his parents' hearts. A part of Clara died with Barry, and she was a very private person. To those of us who knew her well, a friendship with Clara was very dear. She loved crocheting, going on hikes, picnics and out to lunch laughing the whole time. The memories of Jack and Barry gave her much comfort her last years. Her faith kept her strong through all of her losses of family and friends. She was often on her knees beside her bed praying to God and thanking Him for her good life. She shared her precious love with her many poodles that she had.
Clara was not able to finish high school as she stayed home taking care of her mother until she passed away. She then worked at the Rialto Theater where she met her very special lifelong friend named Kathleen. Clara told us several times about what fun times the two of them had working and walking together laughing and talking making a few blocks take an hour to get home. She made a career of working for two different banks retiring as a bank officer. As a boss, she was a very loving and caring person and was loved by her employees, many who were longtime friends she kept in close contact with.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Lora Monroe; her husband, Jack Yadon; son, Barry Gus; sister, Iris Call. She is survived by her "adopted family," Scott and Kimberly Alberda, and their children, Katie and Andrew, who called her Grandma Clara; her sisters, Naoma DeLong and Billie Downs, along with many cherished nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Deb Erickson who spent countless hours with Clara, to the staff at Edgewood Vista and hospice nurse, Matt, for their excellent care. Words cannot express our appreciation for their love and kindness.
Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Graveside services will take place at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church – Fireside Room.
Memorials may be made to Samaritan's Purse, c/o Grace Bible Church, 3625 S. 19th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59718, Breakaway Youth Ranch, 269 Cottonwood Rd., Cardwell, MT 59721, or to Heart of the Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2013