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Yvonne Gail Kirkland

August 24, 1949 February 28, 2020
Yvonne Gail Kirkland
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Obituary for Yvonne Gail Kirkland

Yvonne “Vonie” Gail Kirkland
August 24, 1949 - February 28, 2020
Vonie went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 28, 2020 after a
long and courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by loving husband and
caregiver, Bill; sister Denise (Jerry) Lauzon; daughter Barbara (Cody) Schultz; 3
grandsons Liam, Kieran, and Caleb; her dearly loved brother-in law Jim (Ginny)
Kirkland, sister-in-law Cherie Barnes; cousin Connie (Eddie) Riffel; and many
nieces and nephews. Vonie was eternally grateful for the medical team and
Hospice staff who cared for her.

Vonie was a California gal, born in Los Angeles, and graduated from South High
School in 1967. She met her husband Bill in Manhattan Beach, after his service
in the US Navy. They were married in 1970 and shared many memories and
journeys together with friends and family - even living in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Moving back to the Midwest where Bill’s family was from, Vonie learned to cook
and bake with Great Aunt Dot. A hobby that she enjoyed throughout her lifetime.
Vonie had great joy in planning and preparing holiday meals for friends, family,
and loved ones.

Vonie had endless praise for Bill - her soulmate and best friend. She expressed
countlessly what a blessing he was to her and what a giving, sensitive man he is.
And couldn’t be happier to have shared 50 years of marriage with him. They
adopted their only child, Barbara, in 1983 after thinking they would never have
children. Vonie was a smart, strong, and loving mother, adored “Mimi” to her
grandsons, who filled her heart with love. She was incredibly proud of her son-
in-law, Cody, for being a loving dad, husband, son, and hard worker.
Vonie spent 30+ years as an office administrator in the medical field, spending
most of her career at a beloved pediatric dentist office. Her care and
compassion for the patients, their families, the doctors and her coworkers was

Vonie was a determined, organized hard worker, avid reader, super fan of
Denzel Washington movies, loved watching the Oscars and Rose Bowl Parade,
which both take place in her beloved sunny California. One fond memory Vonie
liked to share was the trip to Germany with her mother Elli. They visited places of
Elli’s childhood, sampled the larger-than-life steins of German beer, walked
through castles, and enjoyed wonderful meals and desserts.

Vonie lived a faith-filled life. She and Bill shared a joy of learning the Bible, was
always active in her church, and happy to share and celebrate her faith with
others. Vonie participated in various ministries such as Stephen Ministries,
Alpha, Via de Cristo, H.I.M. motorcycle ministries, God’s Gals and attended
several retreats and Bible studies. Vonie and Bill opened their home and hosted
the Friday Night Small Group, where more than 20 members joined weekly to
learn and share their love of Christ. Another treasured memory of Vonie, was
her surprise 70th birthday party. She said she waited her whole life for a surprise
party and it was filled with joy and laughter and lots of love.

The memorial service originally planned for March 21, 2020 has been postponed by Yvonne's family until further notice.

Memorial Contribution

Boston Children's Hospital


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