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Yvonne I. Sammons

August 18, 1935 ~ June 28, 2018 (age 82)
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Yvonne I. Sammons


Yvonne I. Sammons, 82, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Pastor John Bode will officiate. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in rural Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Yvonne Sammons Memorial Fund.


Yvonne was born on August 18, 1935, the daughter of Charles LeRoy “Timer” and Nina (Bentley) Maranville, in Geneseo. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1953. Her love for dogs and horses inspired her to begin a career working for Dr. Alex B. Stone, DVM, in Moline. Yvonne was united in marriage to Willard G. Sammons on June 12, 1955, at  Ebenezer Church in rural Geneseo. After her marriage, Yvonne was a dedicated stay at home mom to her four children. She was a member of Ebenezer Church Friendship Class, Mothers of Twins Club, Phenix Center School Mothers Club, and Farm Bureau Women’s Committee.  Yvonne enjoyed music, sewing, cooking, baking, and canning produce from her garden. Her love for cooking led to the start of her own business, Country Kitchen Catering (1978-2002). Yvonne is still known in the community for her potato salad and cinnamon rolls. She also loved special times spent with her family, camping get-togethers, visiting and playing cards with friends.


Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Willard, daughters, Robyn (Bob) Nelson, of Colona, Yvette (Andy) Raschke, of Geneseo, and Gloria (Scott) Yates, of Rock Island, son, Gordon (Anne) Sammons, of Geneseo, grandchildren, Lance (Christy) Nelson, Nathan (Amanda) Raschke, Nicholas Raschke, Jeremy Raschke, Christian Sammons, Erik Sammons, Evan Sammons, Will Sammons, and Cy Sammons, and great-grandchildren, Sydney, Sadie, and Tate Nelson, and Ava Raschke. Yvonne is also survived by her sister-in-law, Connie DeMaranville, of Geneseo, and brother-in-law, Jim Hodgson, of Geneseo.


Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Nina, sister, Dawn Hodgson, and her brother, Kendall DeMaranville.


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