Wanema Yvonne (Mills) Leard
March 31, 1929 – April 30, 2020
Yvonne went to be with our Lord after 91 astonishing years. She was born in Chicago, IL during the Great Depression generation to Evan and Ruby Mills. At the age of 14, she survived Polio and walked again. She met a handsome young sailor, Joe Leard and they were married for 25 years and had 3 children. Yvonne made her career in the banking industry with Credit Union One, where she retired in 1995, with many lasting friendships. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother and friend.
She is preceded in death by her son, Ronald E. Leard, and is survived by her brother, Wayne Mills and sister-in-law, Nora Mills and her daughters, Donna J. Stiles and Traci Leard Guptill; grand-sons, Jonathan C. Kurtz, Jason D. Edmonds, Scott E. Leard; granddaughters, Rhondi V. Digiorno, Amber D. Guptill and one great great grandchild, Evan J. Kurtz.
She founded the Polio Survivors of Oklahoma. She enjoyed jazz music in Oklahoma City at places such as Fuzzy’s on Classen Boulevard, a popular venue during the 60s and 70s and had a close friendship with trombone player Walt Durham. Yvonne had a generous, happy, fun loving spirit never complained about her health issues. She was a caretaker for her mother Ruby for 25 years. A member and faithful follower of Christ at Northwest Baptist Church, where she attended regularly while physically able.
She was able to remain at home until her last few days under the care of her daughter, Traci Guptill and grandson, Jonathan C. Kurtz and his wife, Zuly Kurtz. She is dearly missed by family, loved ones and many friends she made over her lifetime. There will be a video tribute to her life at Chapel Hill funeral Home. We love you Yvonne, save us a spot next to you.
Wanema Yvonne (Mills) Leard
May 22, 2020
"Grief, I've learned, is really just love. It's all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go."
Nana Yvonne, You were one of my best friends. Although we had so many years between us. I will always cherish the fact that you got me through nursing school. You would read off my note cards multiple times a day. You got up to make me a good breakfast before every test and prayed and prayed. I wanted you to pin me at my graduation but you couldn't physically. My heart breaks, now that you are not here. Part of my heart is gone. I feel an empty hole inside my heart. I'm so sorry I left. I know you understood. I wish I could talk to you so badly. I'm so happy you got to enjoy your great-great grandbaby, Evan. You guys spent so much time together. He still asks about you, although he doesn't understand. We had so much fun watching him grow. I can't wait to to see you in heaven. I love your forever, I love for always. Forever my Nana you will be.
May 20, 2020
One of my best friends ever.
Her and her mother Ruby taught me so much about life and being a man. She taught me more about life than had I taken a class in "how to do life."
The times I spent with her will be burned in my memories for the remainder of my life. The times of going to Hot Springs, AR and I drove the "Duck" and got us and 20 or more people stranded because of my lead foot hah. Going to Vegas and sneaking in to a casino and her giving me a coin to hit a slot machine and winning!! But having to give it back because I was a kid! Haha. Memories.
Going to the Grand Canyon with Yvonne and her mom was such a great experience. Her taking me to my first "date." More importantly she was always one of my best friends that I could share and talk with whenever. Even if it was in the middle of the night. I miss you Nana.
She spent her entire life trying to make the best for everyone around her, so selfless. You did so much for everyone and will be missed greatly.
I Love you Nana.
May 18, 2020
I love you Mom, I miss you more than words can say. I will always cherish the last 5 years we've had together. I feel so blessed to have been able to take care of you and keep you at home. I know that all of your grandchildren & great grandchildren are definitely gonna miss their Nana. I know that you are now with Mimaw and Pawpaw and have joined my group of Guardian Angels. So fly high with the angels Mom, I love you, Traci