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Our beloved Yvonne Jean Ames, age 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 24, 2021 at Wichita County Health Center Long Term Care Unit. Yvonne was born on November 17, 1936 to Harold and Nordene (Cody) Beckland in Olympia, Washington, where she attended her 12 years of education. A friend of Norman Ames introduced Yvonne and Norman while Norman was stationed in the United States Army Engineers in Fort Lewis, Washington. On March 9, 1954, Yvonne and Norman were married, and in 1954 moved to Crowley, Colorado. Shortly after, in 1955, they moved to Leoti, Kansas to farm sugar beets and Norman still farms today. They celebrated their 67thyear of marriage in March of 2021.
Yvonne loved to cook and spent countless hours creating memorable meals for her family and the farm’s wheat and corn harvest crews. When she was not cooking, you could find her studying the Bible or quilting while enjoying Gospel music. Her talents of hand quilting, embroidery, crocheting, and tying of borders created many cherished quilts for family and friends. Yvonne loved gardening, decorating, and traveling and was an accomplished motorcyclist. She traveled to most of the Western states and Belize and loved to have a good time.
Yvonne loved her family and when her daughter-in-law, Leah Ames, started teaching and coaching, she cooked amazingly delicious full course meals every school night for Norman, her sons, Rodney and Steve, their wives, and her three grandchildren, Carson, Dillen, and Rheanne Ames. She was always quick to include anyone who happened to stop by. Every meal was a feast crafted with love. She continued this year after year until Leah and Rodney moved to Iowa. Her cooking was a blessing to all.
Yvonne is survived by her husband, Norman Ames of Leoti, Kansas, two children and their wives, Steve and Deb Ames of Leoti, Kansas and Rodney and Leah Ames of Falcon, Colorado, three grandchildren, Carson and Nichole Ames of Scott City, Dillen and Autumn Ames of Leoti, Kansas, and Rheanne Ames of Colorado Springs, Colorado and six great-grandchildren, Hadleigh and Beckam children of Carson and Nichole Ames, and Madison, Mya, Macy, and Maggie children of Dillen and Autumn Ames. Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and a sister.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 2021, at the United Methodist Church in Leoti, Kansas with Pastor Tod Anthony presiding with pianist Michelle Jones, friend of the family. The funeral service will be Live-streamed at www.priceandsons.com.
Interment will be in the Leoti Cemetery in Leoti, Kansas.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas.
Memorials In Lieu Of Flowers may be written to the Wichita County Health Center Long Term Care Unit in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, PO Box 161, Leoti, Kansas 67861.
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