|Birth: ||Jan. 2, 1938|
Big Horn County
|Death: ||Mar. 27, 2011|
Yvonne Sawyer was born on January 2, 1938 in Lovell, Wyoming and died on March 27, 2011 in Grand Junction, Colorado after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Yvonne's parents are Merlin Sawyer and Virginia (Moody) Sawyer. She was the youngest in a family of five children. Yvonne was her Mother's miracle baby. Yvonne had pneumonia when she was one-year old. Her mother was not well and could not care for Yvonne the first 1 ½ years of Yvonne's life. During this time her Grandmother and Aunts cared for her. Yvonne and her family lived on the M.L. Ranch and the Five Springs Ranch. One day when the family was coming from Lovell, Yvonne and Marlene were arguing and Marlene told her to get out, so Yvonne opened the car door to scare Marlene and Yvonne fell out, cutting her head in 3 places. Yvonne's Mother turned right around and rushed her back to the hospital. Dr. Croft sewed her up and bandaged her head; she looked like a little Arabian girl with a turban on.
Her siblings remember when Yvonne would get in trouble with her siblings she would run and jump on the bed and start kicking as fast as she could so they couldn't get her. They also remember her singing when she was four years old "my cheeks are rosy, my eyes are blue, I'm Miss 1942."
After Yvonne started school she was very homesick until after the second grade and then she enjoyed school and had a good time with her classmates.
As a family they rode horses together, often riding to the Big Horn Mountains where the family camped out and fished. She remembered coming home from school and changing her dress so she cold ride her horse (Banjo) to get the milk cows from the river bottom for the older kids to milk. Her family moved to town when she was eight years old, she missed riding horses and hiking through the hills. Yvonne was in 4-H, was a majorette in Junior High and president of the Junior High Pep Squad. She said the best teacher she ever had was Maggie Porter.
When she was fourteen Yvonne prayed that her brother Norman could go on a mission if he desired and he was called to serve a mission in Mexico and served an honorable mission.
Yvonne married Robert Bassett Walker on June 10, 1955 in Billings, Montana. They met at a dance around Christmas time. On August 2nd 1956 Bob and Yvonne went to Idaho Falls Idaho, to go through the Temple to receive their endowments and have Terry sealed to them. Kari was added to the little family in 1957 and Jon came along in 1959.
While the family lived on the farm in Moore, Utah Yvonne worked hard as a dairy farmer's wife, fixing early breakfasts, cleaning the milking barn and many other chores.
Yvonne also worked in the school lunch room and at Anthony's in Lovell.
Yvonne's joy was her family and friends. She never met a stranger and liked to brighten people's day by smiling at total strangers in Wal-Mart and striking up a conversation anytime. Yvonne was very caring and giving and the peacemaker of the family.
Yvonne held various callings in the LDS church, including temple workers at the Billings Montana temple. In 2002 Yvonne and Bob served as missionaries in the Family History Center.
Yvonne had three heart surgeries and suffered a minor stroke. She learned many valuable life lessons through her health problems and stated that she had grown spiritually stronger with each difficulty. Yvonne appreciated all of the service and compassion that was shown to her and Bob over the years and never complained, she was always just a doin and a doin.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Robert Bassett Walker, parents Merlin and Virginia (Moody) Sawyer, Granddaughter Michelle Walker and her father and mother-in-law Ariel and Helen (Bassett) Walker. Yvonne is survived by her brother Norman (Alice Jean) Sawyer, sisters NaWana (Earl) Wallace, Marilyn (Lloyd) Gilbert, Marlene Landolt, sons Terry (wife Sharleen) and Jon (wife Becky), daughter Kari Carter (husband Jim), Grand Children; Kevin Carter (wife Tara), Kresha (husband Aaron Hendrickson), Ryan Wilkerson (wife Tiffany), Alisha Walker, Darshon (husband Tim Montover), Courtney Heller, Nichole (husband Tim Smith), Helen (husband Brandon Gray), Brenda (husband Tanner Brown), Lyndsey Rozett, Cassie Walker and 22 great grand children and numerous in-laws, nephews and nieces.
A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, Apr.1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lovell 2nd Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lovell, Wyo. A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service from 1:00 to 1:45 pm at the church. Interment will be in Lovell Cemetery, Lovell, Wyo. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Co 81416. Arrangements are being handled by Crippin Funeral Home, Montrose, Colorado.
Merlin Sawyer (1907 - 1988)
Virginia Moody Sawyer (1913 - 2000)
Robert Bassett Walker (1936 - 2008)
Big Horn County
Maintained by: Lovell Cemetery
Originally Created by: Haskell Funeral Home
Record added: Mar 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67613699
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