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Yolandi Valerie Shoemaker

1943 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Yolandi Valerie Shoemaker Obituary
YOLANDI VALERIE SHOEMAKER, 71, passed away on February 5th, 2014. Yolandi was born January 7th, 1943 in Searcy, Arkansas to William and Buenita Rainwater. The family moved to Southern California when her father, a Naval Seaman, was stationed in San Diego. Yolandi grew up in Jacumba, CA where she graduated from Mountain Empire High School and worked at the family restaurant. She married Sam "Robert" Shoemaker in 1961. They lived and worked in Jacumba, Los Angeles and El Monte CA, before settling in Banning, CA in 1972. There, Yolandi opened a small cake decorating business and Sam worked as a fireman for the city of El Monte and a part time electrician. Yolandi adored children and had an abundance of love for her family, her 2 foster children and the over 400 shelter children for whom she cared for over the years. Yolandi was active in each of her grandchildren's lives, from school holiday parties and carpool duty to Halloween costumes and birthday cake decorations. Yolandi is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Sam; their three children, Sam, Aneurin, and Buenita; their seven grandchildren, Ashley, Bradley, Aneurin Jr., Quentin, Caitlin, Chloe, and Carlie; and her sister Dimitrios Rainwater. Yolandi was preceded in death by her brother Kilburn, and grandson Laurence "Larry Lamb" Jr. She was a mom, grandma, confidant, therapist, and friend. Her smiles and quick wit will be missed by all. A remembrance ceremony will be held 11AM Friday, February 14, 2014 at Wiefels & Sons Memorial Chapel, 50 East Nicolet, Banning CA, 951-849-4527.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 12, 2014
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