YVONNE MAJEL BRODERS
January 26, 1922 ~ May 28, 2016
Yvonne Majel Broders, 94, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on Sat., May 28th, 2016. Caring and loving mother of Anita Romfo, and sister to Lester and his wife Bernita Broders. She was born to Lester William and Mamie Grace Broders in Richland, IA on Jan. 26th, 1922.
Yvonne lived many places over her long life; from Iowa to Chicago, Illinois to India, and many places in between. After returning to the Unites States she moved around the west coast. While living in Wenatchee, WA, she gave her life to Christ and was baptized. A life changing event about which she would fondly say, "My life has never been the same after getting in the bathtub with the preacher.". She finally settled in Vancouver, WA over forty years ago. Yvonne will be remembered for her
compassion, wit, and sense of humor.
On one of her last days in the hospital, she was delighted she could vote in the primary. She said, "I'm going to give the rich ole' boy a chance." Yvonne loved golf and admired the skills of the pros on tour. She was an avid fan of the Portland Trailblazers. She enjoyed playing Mahjong with her neighbors at the Columbia House. Yvonne held many jobs serving others. Her first job was in Grinnell, IA as the nanny for the Dean of Grinnell College. She was a waitress, real estate agent, apartment manager, and finally the housing representative for the Vancouver Housing Authority from 1996 to her retirement in 2008 at the age of 86.
She had a heart for others and gave of her time and energy selflessly. She was an energetic member of Alcoholics Anonymous with a passion for serving others struggling with addiction. She volunteered for many years at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, where she was known as Grandma Yvonne to the kids in Mr. A's (the late William Andrews) class. Yvonne touched countless lives for the better
and will be remembered fondly by all that had
the pleasure of knowing her.
She is survived by her daughter, Anita Romfo of Aiken, SC; brother, Lester and his wife, Bernita Broders of Vancouver, WA; grandchildren, Chuck Romfo and his wife, Mary, John Romfo, and Scott Romfo; three great-grandchildren, Mia, Ava, and Nicholas Romfo; and a long list of nieces and nephews.
A luncheon will be held celebrating Yvonnes' life on Sat., June 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Vancouver. Please call Steve or Allie at 360-576-0204 for the exact location.
In lieu of cards and flowers, please consider a monetary gift to the Ray Hickey Hospice House.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits