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May 22, 1936 ~ June 19, 2013
Yvonne "Vonnie" Maxine Chapman passed away, lovingly surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at her home in Tacoma, WA. During the past five years, she faced the effects of a series of strokes both courageously and gracefully. Born May 22, 1936 in Hood River, OR, Vonnie lived up and down the West Coast until finally settling in Tacoma.
Vonnie leaves behind James Chapman, her husband of 58 years; daughter, Susan Baird and son-in-law, Robert Baird of Houston, TX; daughter, Lisa Aoki and son-in-law, Terry Aoki of Tacoma, WA; son, David Chapman and daughter-in-law, Coty Casareto-Chapman of San Jose, CA; and daughter, Wendy "Kirsten" Chapman of Shasta, CA. Vonnie was very proud of her eight accomplished grandchildren: Tiffany and Caitlin Baird, Krista Baird Manka, Taylor and Mitchell Aoki, Nicolas, Matias, and Sophia Chapman, who reside throughout the U.S. Also saying farewell: sister, Victoria Parkhurst and husband, Jack Parkhurst of Gig Harbor, WA; sister, Jacquelyn Jones and husband, Kenneth Jones of Tenino, WA; and brother, Victor Hugh LeGall III of Vancouver, WA.
Vonnie devoted her entire life to her family,
proving to be an exceptional daughter, sister,
wife, mother, and grandmother.
Her love and support will be greatly missed.
A tireless advocate for the communities in which she lived, she served as president of both the Ladies Lion's Club of Boron, CA and the League of Women Voters of Clark County. She was a member of the Vancouver, WA City Planning Commission, as well as a Precinct Delegate for Pierce County, WA. Vonnie's tireless drive was motivated by her deep desire to help make the world a better place for all.
Among her numerous hobbies and achievements, much enjoyment came from her excellence with sewing and gardening.
Arrangements were made with Bonney-Watson of Federal Way, WA. Her remains will be buried next to her mother and father at Mountview Cemetery in Oregon City, OR.
In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations in her honor may be made to the Tacoma Concert Band at www. tacomaconcertband.org/give/4574755408.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on June 30, 2013