Yvonne Shields of North Mankato, MN, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease on Saturday, February 24, 2018. She was 75 years old. At the time of her death, Yvonne was a resident at Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter, MN.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary, with a visitation one hour prior.
Yvonne was born in Rapid City, SD, on April 23, 1942, to Russell and Rubana Phillips. She attended school in Rapid City, graduating in 1960. In 1964, she met Tom Shields, who was serving in the US Air Force at Ellsworth AFB. She said it was the best blind date she ever went on.
On July 9, 1966, she and Tom were married at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rapid City. They have four daughters. Yvonne was the mother of every child's dreams. She did everything she could to ensure her family had what they needed, putting her own needs second.
In 1972, the family moved to Eagan, MN, where she operated a daycare in her home until the family moved to Mankato, MN in 1976. Yvonne was also a Girl Scout troop leader for 10 years.
In Mankato, Yvonne was a homemaker from 1976 to 1985. During that time, she spent many summers canning and freezing enough vegetables and fruits from the family's garden to last the entire winter. She also made the best dill pickles, but was especially known for her 10-day sweet pickles.
In 1985, Yvonne went to work at Carlson Craft in North Mankato, MN, where she worked for over 20 years.
She and Tom moved to North Mankato, MN in 1989. After her retirement from Carlson Craft, Yvonne spent many years caring for her mother, who lived in senior living communities in Mankato. But her true joy was caring for her grandchildren and more recently having visits from her great-grandchildren.
In their retirement, Tom and Yvonne enjoyed going on cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, and along the coast of Maine. They also took a fishing trip in Canada and took many trips around the United States, most notably for her, a trip to the East Coast to see the fall colors. Of Tom, she said that she couldn't have picked a better man to be her husband.
Most important to Yvonne were her relationships with family and friends. In everything she did, Yvonne's family always came first. She was a gentle woman but was fiercely protective of those she loved. She was also a second mom to many of her girls' friends and could always be counted on to listen, provide a shoulder to cry on, or give helpful advice. She was quick to make friends and is remembered for her kindness, warm smile, and willingness to help whenever needed. Her strength of character guided her through everything she did and every decision she made. Her family is blessed to have had her as a role model of a life well-lived by a woman who was well-loved.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her beloved husband of 51 years, Tom; daughters Carla (Bob) Diesch, Sheila (Virgil) Becker, Vicki (Jim) Boruff, and Beth Shields; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Mary (Rex) Siegfried and Suzi (RW) Stancliff; aunts Rebecca (Gene) Barker and Beverly (Lee) Howey; and by many cousins.
Published on February 27, 2018