Yvonne R. Willard

Yvonne Willard Yvonne R. Willard (nee Ritchie), "Onnie", 60, died at her home in Flourtown, PA on July 25, 2012. Born in Trenton, NJ, January 22, 1952 to Ishmon and Ida Ritchie (Burd), Yvonne enjoyed singing in church choir and participating in youth group at Morrisville Baptist Church. At Camp Sankanac at the age of 15, she met her sweetheart and future husband William F. Willard. They married at the Little Church in Townsends Inlet, NJ on June 6, 1970, and raised five children. Yvonne was a caregiver to all. Her life was defined by those she selflessly cared for each moment of every day. Yvonne graciously opened her home to all, sharing her joyful spirit with family, friends and those in need. In 1988, she started her home daycare, "Open Arms". Over the years she lovingly cared for 87 infants and toddlers. "Open Arms" was not just a name, but symbolized her love of Jesus for all those who walked through her door. She is survived by her beloved husband and soul mate, William; her five devoted children and their spouses, Christy Hargan (Patrick), Becky Holcomb (Mac), Adam Willard (Christy), Debby Ritter (Andrew) and Valarie Kauffman (Dan); eight loving grandchildren Natalie and Nicki Hargan, Bobby and Franny Holcomb, Caleb and Ellie Willard, Frederic Ritter and Adeline Kauffman, her mother Ida Burd, and sister Vanessa. A celebration service to joyfully remember Yvonne's life was held at The Willard Family Homestead on Saturday July 28, 2012. A reception followed. In Yvonne's honor, contributions will be appreciated to: Chelten Child Development Center (CCDC) Chelten Baptist Church 1601 Limekiln Pk. Dresher, PA 19025

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on July 28, 2012