OBITUARY

Ora Alma Yoakum

January 24, 1935April 2, 2021
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Ora Alma Yoakum was born at home in January 24, 1935 in Romayar, Texas to Edward and Maudie (Walker) Stanfield. She was one of eight children: Sue, Carolyn, Sybel, Norma, Doris, Edward, and Bob. She grew up in a loving, tight-knit environment that instilled in her a strong loyalty to family, which she carried with her throughout life. She enjoyed an especially strong bond with her sisters, and was stuck at the hip to her sister, Sue. Sue and Alma remained close for life. They cut up, partied, laughed, and got into all kinds of fun together.

As a teen, she met and married her first love, Melvin Cecil Traylor. They wasted no time starting a family, and had two children in two years, Charles Murrel and Monica Lynn. Tragically, Alma was left widowed with her young children when Melvin suddenly passed away while working in the oil field. It was this tragedy that defined Alma as the tough and independent matriarch we know and love today. As a young, single mother in the 1950's, Alma showed great strength and tenacity in taking care of her family. She worked as a waitress, a job where her vivacious and outgoing personality excelled. With her petite frame and raven black hair, she was known for having all the beauty and charm of Elizabeth Taylor. She was classy and flirtatious, and shined as the "life of the party" among her wide group of friends. As a young mother, she was fun and spontaneous. She worked hard and played hard, and was fiercely loyal to the people she loved. It was through her group of friends that she caught the eye of Larry Yoakum, who fell in love with the black haired beauty from the moment he saw her. Larry described Alma as so beautiful she could stop a band from playing just by strutting into the dance hall. After years of friendship, Larry eventually convinced Alma to marry him. It was a good thing he did, .. because the two enjoyed a long marriage, full of love and deep companionship. Together they became a doting Granny and Paw to seven, very loved, grandkids: Belinda, Abigail, Larry, Helen, Jeff, Jackie, and Cheyanne. Larry and Alma moved around a lot for Larry's job as a crane operator. The two settled in Houston for a while, but Larry was a country boy at heart, so they decided to build their own home on a secluded piece of land in Centerville, Texas. This home was lovingly referred to as "the farm" by the couple's family and friends, and became the meeting place for family gatherings for years to come. Many nights were spent among the pine trees, smoking cigarettes and conversing around a fire. Granny and Paw were fun and laid back grandparents, and spent a lot of time fishing and hanging out with their grandkids and great-grandkids. Larry and Alma were married for over 30 years until Larry's death in 2008.

Alma spent her remaining years living with her daughter, Monica, and eventually moved to St. Joseph's Manor in Caldwell, TX. Even as a resident in the nursing home, she enjoyed herself by socializing with her many friends. She remained her sociable and vivacious self until the very end, bringing those around her laughter and companionship. Her sharp and keen sense of humor will be missed, along with her unfailing loyalty and support to those she loved. Alma passed away at St. Joseph's hospital in Bryan, TX on April 2, 2021. She will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Larry, in Conroe, TX.

  • FAMILY

  • Charles Murrell & Monica Lynn, Children
  • Belinda, Albigail, Larry & Helen, Grandchildren
  • Jeff, Jackie & Cheyanne, Grandchildren
  • Edward Stanfield, Father (deceased)
  • Maudie Walker, Mother (deceased)
  • Melvin Cecil Traylor, Husband (deceased)
  • Larry Yoakum, Husband (deceased)

Services

  • VISITATION

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

  • GRAVESIDE SERVICE

    Monday, April 12, 2021

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Jennifer Dyess

April 10, 2021

Granny was so cool. I have lots of great memories from hanging out with her at the farm. She was easy to talk to, funny, and extremely welcoming. Both her and paw had such a welcoming, chill vibe. They made me feel very loved. Granny always flattered me by calling me her little “porcelain doll”. That will always stick with me. Rest In Peace, Granny Alma. I know you’re back with Paw and living it up on the other side. Until we meet again ❤️

Helen TRAYLOR

April 6, 2021

I'll never forget the time I went to go see Granny at the nursing home when she first was placed there. The nurse came in did her job , just as nice as could be. As soon as she walked away, with a smile on her face, Granny flipped her off . We all started laughing. Granny looked at us like, it is what it is , I thought yep thats my grandmother. Forever loved and missed.

Jo Lynn Coble

April 6, 2021

Aunt Alma i love you! Monica and Muriel, I love you both and I am so sorry for your loss. I learned after my son Aaron died that I had to let go and remember only happy thoughts. Aunt Alma was a true character . I remember one time when yall lived with us that if we washed the dishes she would take us to the movies to see Whatever Happened To Baby Jane......hmm nope we never went. Try to remember the good times and laugh with the family. It is the best way to honor her.

Charles Traylor

April 5, 2021

Charles Traylor

April 5, 2021

Richard Casteel

April 5, 2021

May God bless you and your family and friends and give you all the strength and courage to make it through this time and move forward into the future

Charles Traylor

April 5, 2021

Charles Traylor

April 5, 2021

Charles Traylor

April 5, 2021

Charles Traylor

April 5, 2021

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Alma and granddaughter Belinda

Biography

Ora Alma Yoakum was born at home in January 24, 1935 in Romayar, Texas to Edward and Maudie (Walker) Stanfield. She was one of eight children: Sue, Carolyn, Sybel, Norma, Doris, Edward, and Bob. She grew up in a loving, tight-knit environment that instilled in her a strong loyalty to family, which she carried with her throughout life. She enjoyed an especially strong bond with her sisters, and was stuck at the hip to her sister, Sue. Sue and Alma remained close for life. They cut up, partied, laughed, and got into all kinds of fun together.

As a teen, she met and married her first love, Melvin Cecil Traylor. They wasted no time starting a family, and had two children in two years, Charles Murrel and Monica Lynn. Tragically, Alma was left widowed with her young children when Melvin suddenly passed away while working in the oil field. It was this tragedy that defined Alma as the tough and independent matriarch we know and love today. As a young, single mother in the 1950's, Alma showed great strength and tenacity in taking care of her family. She worked as a waitress, a job where her vivacious and outgoing personality excelled. With her petite frame and raven black hair, she was known for having all the beauty and charm of Elizabeth Taylor. She was classy and flirtatious, and shined as the "life of the party" among her wide group of friends. As a young mother, she was fun and spontaneous. She worked hard and played hard, and was fiercely loyal to the people she loved.

It was through her group of friends that she caught the eye of Larry Yoakum, who fell in love with the black haired beauty from the moment he saw her. Larry described Alma as so beautiful she could stop a band from playing just by strutting into the dance hall. After years of friendship, Larry eventually convinced Alma to marry him. It was a good thing he did, .. because the two enjoyed a long marriage, full of love and deep companionship. Together they became a doting Granny and Paw to seven, very loved, grandkids: Belinda, Abigail, Larry, Helen, Jeff, Jackie, and Cheyanne. Larry and Alma moved around a lot for Larry's job as a crane operator. The two settled in Houston for a while, but Larry was a country boy at heart, so they decided to build their own home on a secluded piece of land in Centerville, Texas. This home was lovingly referred to as "the farm" by the couple's family and friends, and became
the meeting place for family gatherings for years to come. Many nights were spent among the pine trees, smoking cigarettes and conversing around a fire. Granny and Paw were fun and laid back grandparents, and spent a lot of time fishing and hanging out with their grandkids and great-grandkids.
Larry and Alma were married for over 30 years until Larry's death in 2008.

Alma spent her remaining years living with her daughter, Monica, and eventually moved to St. Joseph's Manor in Caldwell, TX. Even as a resident in the nursing home, she enjoyed herself by socializing with her many friends. She remained her sociable and vivacious self until the very end,
bringing those around her laughter and companionship. Her sharp and keen sense of humor will be missed, along with her unfailing loyalty and support to those she loved. Alma passed away at St. Joseph's hospital in Bryan, TX on April 2, 2021. She will be laid to rest next to her late husband, Larry, in Conroe, TX.