Yvonne Tolley

80th Birthday

Yvonne K. Tolley of Yarmouth Port passed away peacefully on August 28, 2018 after a brief illness. Yvonne was the beloved daughter of the late Suzanne and Raymond Kelley; and was born in Cambridge Massachusetts. Surrounded by her family and friends, she had just celebrated her 90th birthday in July.

Yvonne leaves behind her husband of 70 years Walter Tolley of Yarmouth Port, her children:  Bob, and spouse Deena of Yarmouth Port, Ken, and spouse Karen of Chatham; Stu, and spouse Dawn of Chatham, Debbie Zeigler, and spouse Cyd of Washington, Maine and Holly Gibson, and spouse John of Yarmouth Port.  She was also known as Gram and Grammi to her15 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren; who she cherished.

Yvonne was a devoted and loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great grandmother to her family who will miss her joi de vive! Yvonne commanded (in the best way) many memorable family get togethers over the years, and was a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen!  She played a competitive game of canasta with her grandkids and always had a sack full of new toys each Christmas that the youngest would have the honor of finding where Santa left it.

Yvonne loved nature, beauty, and was very much at home outdoors, particularly in her garden or in the woods of Vermont, where she spent her time in the fall for many years. She was a curious and creative person that led her to discover her gifts as an artist; she painted and also made beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry for her family. Yvonne “bloomed where she was planted”.

Earlier in her life she enjoyed ice skating, she was a Girl Scout Leader and a Den Mother. She belonged to the Meeteneets , a local group of women who got together for many years  to enjoy friendship, quilting and the sharing of favorite recipes.

Yvonne’s family was very important to her, as well as her French heritage. While her mother immigrated to the US earlier, her maternal grandparents came from France to the US, escaping the Nazi invasion of Paris where they had always lived. Her family assisted US officials in translating French documents during the war.

As our matriarch, she set the bar high, always inspiring us through how she lived her life – by being kind and thoughtful, generous and loving, tender and fierce, intelligent and wise, graceful and silly. Although Yvonne won’t be there any longer to lovingly wave goodbye from her doorstep, she will continue to watch over us, and we will miss her dearly.  

So we wave to her; Bon Voyage Chere, on t’aime toujours; safe journey dear one, we love you always.