Yvonne Adala Hale Loader Mecko, 84, passed from this life to the next on May 15, 2013. She passed away peacefully at home in her sleep after a great Mothers' Day celebration. Yvonne was born on December 29, 1928 to John Rupert Hale and Mary Martha Heckart.
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Though born in California, her family returned to their roots and she was raised by her mother and strong grandparents in Sedalia, Missouri. Yvonne was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and began that career working with her mother as a switchboard operator at the manual exchange in Lincoln, Missouri. Her mother was "Central" and Yvonne was "Central's Little Girl."
Following graduation from High School in Lincoln, and knowing she did not want to be a "farmer's wife," Yvonne moved to Atlanta, Georgia, married, and began her family and career. Later, she moved to Florida where she raised her family and had a long career with GTE Data Services in St. Petersburg and Tampa. Yvonne was a person who made fast and lasting friendships because she was such a caring lady who knew how to nurture a relationship. Just the day before her passing, she was making plans to go to dinner with her "Foxie Lady" friends. Yvonne loved life, loved traveling, loved fishing, and had recently finished one of her bucket list items of visiting the Dakotas. She made it to all 50 states! Yvonne loved all of her family members, without question, no matter what!
Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph M. Mecko Sr., her beloved daughter, Patricia K. Loader Weiss Segal ("Posey"), her brother, Rupert Waldo "Hickey" Hale, and her sister, Dorothy L. Hale Hutsler (John).
She is survived by her daughter, Sonshine L. Quinn (Kevin), her son, Michael J. Loader (Katherine); her grandchildren: Ian Quinn, Steven Quinn (Hannah), Shane Quinn (Jessica), Joel Quinn, Sonya Moore, Brandy Snider (Larry), Kevin Nolan, and "Smiley." Her life legacy also includes many loving great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. If you are a child, grandchild, relative, or friend of Yvonne Mecko, you enjoyed her love and kindness!
Yvonne attended Fleming Island Presbyterian Church. A funeral and celebration of life will be held on Monday, May 20 at 11:00 am at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 111 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL with her Pastor the Reverend Doctor Jim Weldon officiating.
Family will receive friends for viewing thirty minutes prior to the service. There will be a reception following the service at the home of Michael and Katherine Loader; directions will be provided. While Yvonne liked to stop and smell the roses, she also had a special place in her heart for Native Americans, particularly the tribes of Southwestern United States. She passed away with two books about Native Americans at her bedside; one on her bed she was reading that very night. In her honor, the family requests donations in lieu of flowers to Futures for Children, a charity that provides educational support for Native American youth and families. www.futuresforchildren.org at 1-800-545-6843.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.jacksonvillememorygardens.com
Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com on May 18, 2013