Barbara Marie Yandle

March 3, 1935May 7, 2019

Barbara Marie Yandle, age 84, passed away peacefully May 7, 2019. She was born March 3, 1935 in Chanute, Kansas to Richard and Mary Walker. She married her childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Robert Dean Yandle, on March 12, 1950 and after living in several states, settled in East Olympia. They recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

Barbara loved her family. Barbara wrote in her journal, “I am a keeper of things, you kids were my dearest treasures. Your dad was my best friend, lover, companion and the father of our children”. She was particularly fond of family gatherings and cooking holiday meals that included her fresh, homemade buns. Barbara had an inquisitive mind. She enjoyed reading and going for long scenic drives around the loop. She did not travel much, but when she did, she traveled to Chanute Kansas to visit family.

After settling in Washington, Barbara worked at Hatcher’s Egg Farm and Hofert’s Tree Farm in Tumwater for several years. Barbara completed her desire to finish high school by earning her GED. She took great pride in that accomplishment and her family was proud of her. Barb was excited to join the state workforce before finally retiring from the Department of Personnel. She was highly respected and well-liked by her co-workers. Barbara didn’t live to work, instead, she worked to live, solely to provide a means to enjoy home and family. Barbara’s priorities were clear, family first, last and always and she was the first to volunteer to help family needs with compassion, comfort and care. She came alive when she was helping family and friends.

Barbara is the cherished matriarch of a continuing growing legacy, survived by her devoted husband of 69 years, Robert; her six sons and their wives Bob and Rhonda Yandle, Bill Yandle and Yi Zhao, Mike and Karen Yandle, Rodger and Melissa Yandle, Sam Yandle, and Sid and Sarina Yandle; and three daughters and their husbands, Karen and Loren Grunenfelder, Nancy and Al Seymour and Deborah Yandle; 17 grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren; a brother Johnny Walker; sisters Donna Brown and Leona Humbert; as well as additional extended family members. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; Richard and Marie Walker and Eldon (Chick) and Mary Wiles; Brother Jimmy Walker; Sister Jackie Adams; daughter in law Michele Yandle and Brother Rick Wiles. All of these she loved and touched deeply. Mom was a treasure chest when it came to family history and could tell their stories with enthusiasm and heart. She was loved by her family and will be dearly missed.

Please join us in celebrating her life well led on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019, at 10:30 at Mills and Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Road, SW, Tumwater. Services will conclude at the gravesite.


  • Funeral Service with Graveside to follow Saturday, May 18, 2019


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Sue Matychowiak Sprauer

May 15, 2019

Dear Mike and all the Yandle family,
I met your mom for the first time in 1975. I was 14 and had been invited to dinner. I was nervous and she was amazing. I was welcomed with open arms not only by her but by your entire family.
She always smiled, was always happy to see anyone that crossed her threshold and worked harder than anyone I ever knew.
She loved large and I am better for having known her.

I was so sad to also see that Deb had passed as well. I was at her wedding all those years ago. What a carefree spirit. She, as your mom, was always so kind and happy to see me.

I am sure the light in those two ladies still shines brightly in those they left behind. I wish you the Lords blessings that you will each find peace and comfort in knowing how greatly illuminating their spirits were .

I truly wish you each the best and have thought of your family often over the many years that have passed.
With loving thoughts,
Sue Matychowiak Sprauer

Kelly Bowman

May 14, 2019

Sending love to my family in Washington. Wish we could have kept up with each other like when we were kids. So many summer memories. I am the worst at it. Grateful Mom got to talk to her Sunday 💜 Thanks Sam.
Kelly (Brown) Bowman

Clint Adams

May 14, 2019

Thanks al it was nice for what u did for my mom and my aunt barb will be missed by alot of people she was one of the best aunt someone could have. I remember as a kid staying at her house and helping out around there and in the garden. The most of all is loved that she help my mom tell the final day of my moms life and I know if my mom was here she would do the same for u barb love u aunt barb

Al Seymour

May 13, 2019

Dear Family and Friends,
Several years ago, mom asked me to officiate her sister's memorial service. After the service, I gave ma a poem I wrote for my grandmother after my grandfather passed. She told me she wished I gave it to her before the service so she could have included it in Jackie's memorial. So, I'd like to share it with you now in her memory. I love you all.


Do not mourn excessively,
And, please, do not weep,
Just as it is with all men,
This, too, was meant to be.

You may cry for your loss,
But shed no tears for mine.
I leave this temporary, mortal life
To live for all of time.

Instead, strive to be happy,
And smile through your grief,
As you know,
Time heals all wounds,
This pain will be brief.

Let me tread that final leg,
I’ve traveled oh so far,
The road after death is easy,
It’s the path of life that’s hard.

Celebrate and rejoice with me,
When all is said and done,
I pass from this demanding, painful world
To a divine, celestial one.

All your cherished memories
In your heart now safely keep,
And know that I can feel your thoughts,
When you remember me.

Forever trust in your God,
Have faith and do believe,
And I’ll save a piece of Heaven for you
When, at last, you come join me.