Iola Yvonne Geving passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Encinitas, California. Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue – Mason City, with Pastor Jeni Bohls of St. James Lutheran Church officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery, Britt, Iowa, at 2:00 PM.
Yvonne was born on a farm in Stilson, Iowa, on March 30, 1923, the second of six children of Lauretta Belle (Smith) Hildebrand and Cecil DeWitt Hildebrand. She attended rural schools in Hancock County and graduated from Britt High School in 1940. After graduating from Hamilton Business College in Mason City in 1942, Yvonne worked for 8 years at Jacob E. Decker and Sons, where she met her future husband, Burnell E. Geving.
Yvonne and Burnell were united in marriage on February 14, 1943, in Britt, Iowa. They were married for 69 years and had two children, JoAnn and Julie.
Yvonne enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading her favorite cook books and trying new recipes. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Yvonne is survived by daughters JoAnn Geving of Carlsbad, California and Julie Geving of Swampscott, Massachusetts, sister Sandra (James Jennings) of Mason City, sister-in-law Carol Hildebrand of Farmington, Arkansas, brother-in-law Charles Smith of Britt, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Beverly and Ramon Long of Underwood, Minnesota, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sharon and Ron Hanson of Coralville, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burnell, on December 11, 2012, parents and parents-in-law, brother, Lee Hildebrand, sisters, Joy (Charles Smith), Betty (Roland Thompson), Edna Mae (Cyril Mozack), and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Donna (Peery) and LeRoy Geving, and niece, Marjorie Hastie.
Memorials may be directed to the Humane Society of North Iowa, Hospice of North Iowa or donor’s choice.