Yvonne Jean Grant Krebs of Alamo passed away peacefully surrounded by her daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, on Dec. 16, 2018.
She was born on March 11, 1931 in Payette, Idaho and was the first of five children born to Erma Lorane Parkinson and Charles Melvin Grant. Yvonne and her four sisters grew up on their father’s 62-acre farm. She spent most days of her youth doing farm chores and enjoying the outdoors.
She was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Aug. 6, 1939 in the Snake River in Ontario, Oregon. She graduated from Payette High School in 1949. In October of 1952, she joined the Navy and trained in Bainbridge, Maryland and San Diego, California. She was stationed in Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii for two years and gained a deep love for the Polynesian culture and people. In 1955, she was transferred to Washington D.C. where she worked as a midnight teletype operator until she was honorably discharged in September of 1956.
Yvonne moved to Salt lake City, Utah where she worked as a teller. She married Lee Krebs August 14, 1958 and moved to Alaska where he was stationed until he received orders to move to El Paso, Texas five months later. They lived in El Paso for 18 Months and were then transferred to Germany. While there, they adopted their daughter Tracie Lee Krebs from the U.S. Army Hospital in Neubrucke on October 5, 1962.
They were transferred from Germany to Fort Eustis, Virginia in June of 1963 and were able to buy their first home in 1965 in Denbigh. They were divorced in 1968 and Yvonne and Tracie moved to Boise, Idaho. Yvonne accepted a position with the Payette National Forest as a Receptionist in McCall, Idaho.
After a year working, she decided to go back to school on her G.I. bill. She attended BYU starting September of 1970 and Graduated Cum Laude in April 1974 in Education. While attending BYU, she received her endowment in the Salt Lake Temple in 1971. She took a teaching position at Pahranagat Valley High School in Alamo as a home economics and art teacher and taught for 20 years, retiring in 1994. During Yvonne’s many years of teaching she was well known as a remarkable and blunt teacher. Occasionally, she had a sense of humor. One April 1st she showed up to school with a big fake diamond ring that she flashed around making sure everyone saw it and thought she was engaged. She was the talk of the school. At the end of the day she got on the intercom and announced, “April Fools.”
She enjoyed her time teaching and made many good friends in Alamo, including Lois Higbee. The two accompanied each other on many Keith Whipple tours.
After retirement, Yvonne was called to be a temple worker in the Las Vegas Temple with Lois Higbee, Gail Foremaster, and Edith Leavitt. They served faithfully and drove every Wednesday for 13 years. She also was called to be a single adult specialist. She organized Family Home Evenings for the older single adults in the valley. She made sure there was always plenty of good food and sometimes had game nights.
On Aug. 4, 1984 her only daughter Tracie Lee Krebs married Wade Poulsen in the St.
George Temple. Yvonne has enjoyed being with and supporting her six grandchildren and now six great grandchildren over the years, spending time with them and attending the important events in their lives.
She loved her family and her sisters. She often traveled to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah for family reunions. Her favorite part about reunions was late night games with her sisters. She also enjoyed going to the senior center and loved the company of all that were there. She was active in all the senior activities and made long lasting friendships.
She gave anonymously to many causes and was a faithful Church member. She held several callings in relief society, Sunday school, and primary. Her final calling was chorister. She loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Services were held on Dec. 21, 2018