Yvonne Burns, 81, made her ascent to Heaven in the early morning of Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
Yvonne was the only child of Ben Burns and Bertha Moore Wiley, both of whom preceded her in death.
She had two brothers and three sisters, William Moore (deceased), Wallace Wiley (deceased), Bobbie Jean Williams (deceased) Joyce Richardson (deceased) and Jessie Goode.
Born and raised in Malvern, Ark., Yvonne accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior as a child. She was a proud alumnus of Malvern Colored High School (Class of ’58). Yvonne was affectionately known as “Tootsie”.
Yvonne had an effervescent personality. She was brilliant, beautiful, funny, outspoken, and fearless. Yvonne was born differently abled but that simply confirmed to all that knew her that she was fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14 KJV).
Yvonne left Arkansas at 18 and only returned to visit. She lived, worked, and thrived in San Francisco, Ca as well as in Hampton, VA. Yvonne loved to travel nationally and internationally. She loved to dance, chit, chat, and chew. She had a laugh that was loud and luxurious. Her handwriting was exquisite, her artistic ability sublime and singing was beautiful. Most of all Yvonne loved and worshiped our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Until her health failed, Yvonne was an active member of the Malvern Negro Colored High School/Wilson High Alumni Association. Everywhere that Yvonne lived, she was an active member of the church. Her last church home was San Francisco Christian Center in which she was an active valued member until her health failed.
Yvonne was saved and sanctified. She was a wonderful Aunt, friend, confidant, daughter, and sister. She was thoughtful, kind, compassionate, open minded and welcoming to all regardless of your faith/ or lack of, race or sexual identity. She was well read, traveled, and versed in politics. Wherever she went, she created an impression that morphed into lasting valuable friendships. She loved talking on the phone, wearing high heels, sharp clothes, bright red lipstick and sending greeting cards.
Yvonne lived her life on her own terms. She was unique and exquisite. She was loved, valued and valuable to all that knew her, and she will be deeply missed.
She leaves to morn her passing her sister Jesse Goode. Her 3 nieces, Vickie R. Williams-Cullins (Terry), Rhonda Richardson, Valarie Goode; her 4 nephews, Richard Richardson (Linda), Michael O. Williams (Sherri), Jeffery L. Williams (Jackie) and Kenneth R. Williams; her lifetime best friends Polly Cole-Allen and Sue Bryant; her God Daughter, Vanetta Avery, great nieces and nephews; many friends, former coworkers, and church members.
Special thanks go out to the staff at the Jewish Home in San Francisco for the care, love and support shown. She is in the care of Duggans Funeral Service, 3434 17th St, San Francisco Ca. She will be interned in her hometown of Malvern, AR where she will be in the care of Samuel L. Vance and Sons, 413 West Page Avenue, Malvern Ar. Memorial Services in San Francisco, and Malvern are currently being planned and will be announced later.
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