She was born Dec. 9, 1930, in Jackson, Tenn., to Ivan “Chappie” and Voncille Chappell. Yvonne moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., at the age of 14, where she graduated from Palm Beach High in 1948 and lived until her marriage to Ronald Geer in 1951. Ron’s rising career with Shell required frequent moves, and being a dutiful wife, she readily made friends and established homes in Hobbs, N.M.; Midland, Texas; Houston; New Orleans; Los Angeles and Westport, Conn. She moved to Houston in 1971, which remained her principal residence until 1982 when she and Ron built a retirement home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, where they spent summers in a beautiful wooded setting.
Yvonne loved her family and was a gifted homemaker in the truest sense of the word. She was a fabulous cook whose meal preparation was only exceeded by its artful presentation. An exceedingly talented and creative person who loved working with her hands, Yvonne was an accomplished painter, quilter and basket weaver. She loved rainy days and taking long walks in the woods. After the loss of her eldest son, Ronald Geer Jr. in 1976, Yvonne became a longtime volunteer at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Through the years she remained close to Ron’s widow, Kitty, whom she loved like a daughter.
Yvonne is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ronald Geer; her son Mark, his wife, Julie, and two grandsons, Sam and Will. The family would like to thank the medical staff with Memorial Hermann Hospital and Vitas Hospice Care and especially Yvonne’s in-home caretakers, Cindy Lopez, Felicia Woodson and Ruth Bustos. Their devotion and tender care over the past six months has been a godly blessing.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 19 at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to the nonprofit organization of one’s choice.
Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you, (Psalm 116:7).