On the morning of Dec. 12, 2013 in her home, Laura Yvette Stone (Mays) lost her courageous battle with cancer and went to heaven to be with the angels. Yvette was a shining light of joy and sunshine to everyone that ever met her. She cherished the time spent with her friends and family, especially her new grandson, Micah, who provided so much joy and comfort during her illness.
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Yvette was born to Donald and Pearl Mays on Oct. 8, 1957 in West Hamlin, W.Va. As a child, Yvette loved playing with her siblings in and around the hills surrounding her country home. Her sweet voice, strong work ethic, unyielding caring nature, and her ability to put everyone else first, reflected her upbringing and the uniqueness passed on by her West Virginia heritage.
When she was older, Yvette graduated from cosmetology school and became a highly regarded color specialist with Redken. Throughout her career, she eagerly accepted the challenges and responsibilities that were presented with numerous sales and management positions. While in Bozeman, Yvette became the Lancome counter manager at Macy's. She loved her work, was highly regarded for her professionalism and loyalty, and excelled at establishing long-term relationships with both employees and customers.
On Nov. 18, 2001, Yvette married the love of her life, William (Bill) Stone, on a riverboat in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bill loved and treasured her every day that they were together. They returned to Montana in 2004 to build their new home together and establish a foundation for their ever-expanding family. They loved to take long hikes in the woods and enjoy the beauty of nature, the wildlife, and their company with just each other.
Yvette is survived by her loving husband, William Stone; her mother, Pearl Mays; her beautiful daughter, Tiffany (Gouge) and Dylan Cok; and her wonderful son, Travis Gouge. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Yvonne (Mays) and Danny Wright; and brothers, Ira and Sheila Mays, and John Timothy and Paula Mays. Additionally surviving are her step-children, Branden Stone and Sarah and Paul Haeussler. Yvette is also survived by one precious grandchild, Micah Ezekiel Cok.
Yvette was preceded in death by her father, Donald Lee Mays; and three brothers, Rodney Donald Mays, Teddy Lee Mays, and George Allen Mays.
We will forever remember Yvette's kind and loving spirit, her delightful sense of humor, and her gorgeous smile. She would give upon herself for others to be happy. We will all love and cherish the time that we got to spend with her and will look for her love in the stars that shine down on us. Yvette will be missed every single day, but her beautiful spirit will live on through her entire family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 16 at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Memorials can be made in Yvette's name to The
, 1903 Central Ave, Billings, MT 59102.
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 Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2013