Yvonne Kathleen Dillon of Youbou passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully on November 23, 2011.
She is survived by her four children: Kathy (Peter) of Vancouver; Doug of Victoria; Karen (Peter) of Kamloops; and Brian (Jacqueline) of Victoria. Yvonne is also survived by six beloved grandchildren: Chad, Allison, David, Connery, Rebecca and Alex.
Yvonne was born on July 11, 1932 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After finishing high school, she went on to receive her Teaching Certificate. Throughout her career, she taught at many schools both in Canada and overseas. She juggled raising her family and work with remarkable ease and patience, teaching by example and love. Never one to stop learning and growing, she enrolled at UBC in the early 1980’s, where she obtained a Bachelor Degree.
She married the late Larry Stephen Dillon in 1953 and throughout their 54 year marriage; they lived a truly rich life together in many places across Canada and in Ghana, Ethiopia, Peru and Trinidad. Their travels took them to other parts of the world as well but they developed a special fondness for Cuba. Earlier this year, still travelling but without her Larry, she returned to Cuba in homage of the affection and admiration they had shared for that country’s way of life.
A Celebration of Life will be held December 29, 2011. For more information on the Celebration or to send condolences and memories email to:
YvonneDillon.firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations in Yvonne’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Society or to your local library as reading was a life long passion of hers.
Yvonne will always be remembered with the same love and caring she always gave — a grand lady who lived a grand life.