Yvonne M. Bokovoy

Yvonne M. Bokovoy

Tuesday, December 30th, 1941 - Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
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Yvonne (Harrell) Bokovoy, passed away January 22, 2020 after a brief illness, surrounded by family. She was 78 years of age, born December 30, 1941 in Idaho Falls, to Wm “Butch” and Virgine (Burnham) Harrell. She had two older sisters and two younger brothers. The family spent their early years living on a dairy farm, without electricity or running water. When Yvonne was about 13, her father was disabled by illness, and they moved into town. This was a formative time in the development of her character; as she assumed a caretaker role, assisting with the household, dad, and younger siblings; while her mother and sisters worked outside the home. Yvonne would continue to nurture many people in her lifetime.

Yvonne graduated from high school in Lewistown, Mt, Class of ’60. She attended NW Christian College in Eugene, OR. Yvonne married her high school sweetheart, Dennis Bokovoy, July 28, 1962. They moved to Hood River in July 1969, when Dennis accepted a teaching position at HRMS. They made their home together at the east end of May Street, where they raised 3 kids, and lived for 46 years.
Yvonne was proud to call herself a homemaker, as her career; she was invested in the lives of her children, and grandchildren. She found joy maintaining a garden, preserving fruits/vegetables, cooking meals from scratch, keeping chickens, sewing for the entire family, quilting as a form of recycling, even painting the house. She especially enjoyed outdoor activities with family: skiing, canoeing, picnicking, camping, road trips to visit all the western national parks. She spent a summer in a fire lookout tower, was once a member of the archery club, and climbed Mt. Hood more than once.

Yvonne worked for a time as a bank teller, volunteered as church secretary, was regional coordinator for International Exchange (student) Forum; and finally she worked for many years at the HR County Administrator’s Office, until she retired at age 70.

Yvonne was a woman of profound faith. She served as a deacon at her church, and had a heart for community service as her testimony of Christ. Over the years, she was involved with numerous organizations: including the Welcome Wagon, Wy’East co-op, PTA, Red Cross blood bank, FISH, Special Olympics; she served as a US census taker, 4-H leader, senior tax assistant, and supported other local causes. Til the end, she considered it her personal mission to assist housebound individuals, and attend those in need. “Some people take in stray cats or dogs; mom and dad opened their home to anyone experiencing tough times. Growing up there were often new faces at the dinner table; and after us kids left home, it was not uncommon for our beds to be filled by somebody in need of shelter. Mom’s actions generally spoke louder than her words.”

Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, sister Wilma, and brother Kenneth. Yvonne is survived by her husband of 57 years, Dennis Bokovoy; daughter, Yvette (Bokovoy) Blanchette, children Joshua and Erin, great-grandson, Quintin; daughter, Lynn (Bokovoy) Raymond, husband Adam, children Brooke and Zach; son, Eric Bokovoy, wife Mary, their girls Jude and Claire. Sister-in-law Dianne (Bokovoy), husband Jim Good; brother-in-law Lanny Bokovoy, wife Penny. Her sister, Wynetta (Harrell) Regli, brother Bill Harrell, and an extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends who were all so important to her in life.

The family invites all who wish to attend, to a memorial service, to be held Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00pm, at Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church, 1631 8th St, Hood River, OR 97031.

Memorial donations are encouraged to be made in memory of Yvonne to Special Olympics local Hood River chapter care of Anderson's Tribute Center or you can donate blood to your local Red Cross (for the record Yvonne donated 109 units in her lifetime).

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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 2:00pm
    Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church
    1631 8th Street
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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    Pastor Tommy Moon


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Mary Jo Crook

Posted at 02:45pm
Hello Dennis, Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you all in Yvonne's passing. We were classmates in the Class of 1960.I pray for God's Comfort for all of you! Dwayne & Mary Jo Coolidge Crook.

Heidi DeHart

Posted at 06:31pm
I first met Yvonne in 1996 when I took a position in the County Administration office where she was already working as an office assistant.

Yvonne was a wonderful person to work with, she was the guru of our copy & mail room and assisted departments as needed with copy jobs, mailings, assorted projects, serving as receptionist at the county business administration building by helping the public find where they needed to go in the building and so much more. Yvonne took great pride in her work and thought of the copy/mail room as her domain where she was always ready to jump in and help with whatever you were working on.
Dennis - thank you for sharing your beloved Yvonne with us (county employees) for over 13 years - it was a great honor to have known her, work alongside of her and call her a friend.

My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

With much love, Hood River Special Olympics

Posted at 05:42pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Steve Boyd

Posted at 09:45pm
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family as we hear of the passing of Yvonne.

Heavenly Father, there are no words that we can say that you do not know. The Bokovoy family's pain and sorrow is your pain and sorrow as they grieve the passing of Yvonne. It is our hope that the family takes comfort by your love and kindness knowing everything is good and you, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit are with her and she is at peace.
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit … Amen

Steve & Nadine Boyd


Judy Judd

Posted at 08:05pm
Yvonne was a hard worker and always “rolled with the punches”. She had a great smile & always listened to you. She will be greatly missed.
Judy Judd

Erma Hickman Posted at 09:07pm

Prayers to the family. Remembering the many times seeing you walk to and from work. You were a great neighbor. And we spent time together in the AARP Tax program.

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