Yvonne Boyer (1940 - 2018)

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Yvonne Boyer 1940-2018

Yvonne Boyer died comfortably on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 after 78 years on this earth. She was a simple, very intelligent woman who lived a good life and had a good death. She was generous to a fault and is already missed by all who knew her.

Born Loretta Yvonne Vanzant to Harold and Mary, she grew up in Point Township and spent almost her entire adult life in Mount Vernon. Yvonne lived a full and happy life and was well-loved by her family and many friends, most of whom were at her bedside during her final days.

As a young girl growing up in the 50's, she love to get dressed up, go to dances, and just hang out with her friends. She married towards the end of the decade and had her first child, Michael Webster in 1960. Diane and Mary followed soon after.
Back then, she lived the 60's life of partying and self-discovery and listening to such bands as the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel. Like so many people raised in the country, she dreamed of an exciting life in the lights beyond the tree line. She became a member of the country club, and visited New York and L.A.. But as the 60's turned into the 70's and the 80's, she came to realize that the small town was where her heart was, and that country music was the more appropriate soundtrack to her life.

And to some extent, her life was like a country music album with Hank Williams-like tales of heartbreak and honky-tonking. But no matter the ups and downs, she always cared for her family and did everything she could to help them along on their journeys; and she was constantly helping her many friends as well. That selfless caring for others, no matter their flaws, is what defines her life and legacy. She would have laughed and denied it if anyone described her as Christ-like or a saint, but in many important ways, she lived her life consistent with those high standards.

Yvonne loved to play games of chance, golf, go boating, and spot shoot. She made many trips out west, both to Las Vegas, where she loved to play; and to California to visit her cousins Dee and Betty. She was an active member of the Moose Lodge and raised significant money for the Moose Heart and Moose Haven charities. She worked for 25 years at General Electric and was a member of Saint John's Episcopal Church where she was the organist for many years. She was renowned as a baker and candy maker. In her later years, she became a computer expert and earned the nickname "Ms. Fixit" as she helped everyone with their computer ills.
Yvonne will live forever in the memories of those who knew her. She is survived by her son Michael Webster and his wife Jocelyne, her daughters Diane Hancock (husband Chris) and Mary Schmidt; her grandchildren Kylee, Chloe, Jack, and Brock, and her great grandchildren Zeplyn and Morrison, as well as close friends Ann Raines, Nancy Reeves, Linda Munroe, Paul Gross, her many friends at the Moose and Cloverleaf, where she enjoyed her later years.

A celebration of her life will be held from 2 pm to 7 pm, September 22 at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 602 Mulberry Street in Mount Vernon, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, she asked that you make a donation at http://www.moosecharities.org.
Published in Mount Vernon Democrat on Sept. 18, 2018