Yvonne Jensen, 72, passed away Wednesday, May 17,2016 at her home in Pahrump under the loving care of her family, caregivers, and Nathan Adelson Hospice services after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Yvonne, a native Nevadan, was a beloved daughter, sister, niece, aunt, mother, grandmother and friend. She was born May 27, 1943 in Ely, Nevada as her parents, James and Virginia Jensen lived in Preston, Nevada at the time. She resided in rural communities of Nevada most of her life including Peavine Ranch, Tonopah, and Reno. Her career consisted of being an executive assistant at the Tonopah Convention center for years followed by many years of service in the banking industry.
Before Alzheimer’s struck, Yvonne was an avid outdoor lover and spent much of her time hiking, looking for arrowheads, camping, cross country skiing, and just enjoying nature. She was an amazingly talented artist and seamstress. She showed her talents through oil paintings, hand-painting china, making clothing, quilting, hand woven pine needle baskets, hand-made Raggedy Ann dolls, and many other creative and crafty things. Yvonne was always known to be very sweet-spirited and kind to everyone. She had a very calm, positive, and caring disposition. She wanted to help others and make life better for those less fortunate. She was a life member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and enjoyed being involved, attending local chapter meetings, and serving no matter where she was living. When she resided in Reno, she enjoyed volunteering at the Reno Championship Air Races and the Reno Balloon Races each year. Alzheimer’s took many of her talents, hobbies, and skills away, however, it never robbed her of her sweet spirit and that beautiful smile or sparkle in her bright blue eyes. She woke up happy and smiling almost every single day she was on this earth. She brought much love, joy, and happiness to those around her even up until her last days.
Yvonne is preceded in death by her son Robert Anthony Perchetti, father James Jensen, her step-father Glenn Woods, her mother Virginia Jensen Woods, and her sister Cheri (Craig) Farstveet. She is survived by her brothers Lamont (Adriana) Jensen, Raymond (Elaine) Jensen, her sister Marie (David) Morby, her sons Bryan (Tansy) Perchetti, Michael (Tina) Perchetti, her daughter Toni (Tim) Wombaker, and 8 grandchildren whom she adored; Abri, Colton, Mikkala, Brianna, Tristyn, Trevyn, Tayla, and Teyawna along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other family.
Yvonne resided with her daughter, Toni, son-in-law Tim, and four grandchildren; Tristyn, Trevyn, Tayla (better know as the Grammie Whisperer), and Teyawna in Pahrump, Nevada since December of 2010. The whole family took part in caring for her on a daily basis. She brought so much joy in the years spent with them. During this time there were many caregiver’s that played a very important role in Yvonne’s life allowing the family to remain strong and live life as “normally“ as possible. The Wombaker family expresses sincere gratitude and love for the ten private in-home caregivers that were a part of her care over the last 6 years, along with the doctors, nurses, CNA‘s, social workers, and other staff of the Nathan Adelson Hospice. These individuals brought comfort, love, care, compassion, patience, and kindness to her during all of her days spent here in Pahrump. This relieved Toni of the many daily stresses this disease presents and allowed her to continue to be an involved and loving parent to her children and wife to her husband, Tim. The family is forever thankful for all their time, commitment, and care of Yvonne. There are MANY other friends and family that played an integral role in helping to make Yvonne’s last years on this earth pleasant by lifting her up in prayer, visiting with her, and thinking of her each and every day and for all of you, just know she experienced the peace you prayed for whether you were near or far. Toni wishes to thank the entire family for trusting her with the honor to care for her mom in the best way she saw fit and keep her safe and in a loving and familiar environment of home for all of her days. Toni will forever be thankful that Yvonne never had to be in a nursing home or hospital. This means more than anyone will ever know.