Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Yvonne Aiken Howell, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 12, 2018, at the Beehive Home Care Center in Draper, Utah. She was born, November 5, 1930, in Spring City, Utah to Vero Samual and Iva Virl Allred Aiken. Yvonne married Kenneth Rodney Howell on March 15, 1950, and then was sealed to him in the Manti Temple on September 7, 1950. He preceded her in death October 6, 2009. She graduated from North Sanpete High School and later attended Snow College.
Yvonne’s life was defined by her service and love to her family. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was always ready with a smile and a willingness to help out when needed. She enjoyed civic service, was a member of the Manti Jaycees, the PTA, and in 1973 served as the vice president of the American Legion Auxiliary. In l965 she was appointed an election judge, which was the beginning of her career as a public servant. In 1970 she was hired as the Deputy Sanpete County Assessor, and began her service as County Assessor in January of 1979, where she served until her retirement in July of 1994. She loved working with the people; made lifetime friends there, and was well known by many of the Sanpete County residents. During that time she continued to support her children in their various activities, including sports, pageants, recitals, etc, as well as welcoming many grandchildren into the family.
Yvonne was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and willingly served wherever she was called. She was especially supportive of her husband in his service as a bishop of the Manti Third Ward.
Yvonne is survived by her loving children: Deborah Mangum, Cynthia (Matt) Thalman, Kathy, (Max) Anderson, Kerri (Mark) Rawlins, Loraine Mitchell, Blake (Jennifer) Howell. At the time of her death she had 36 grandchildren, and 62 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; son Greg; son-in-law Michael Mangum; and great-grandchildren, Lexie and Ben.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Manti Stake Center, 555 East Union where friends may call prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30. Interment will be at the Manti City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Beehive Home in Draper, and to Elevation Hospice for their exceptional care in the months preceding Yvonne’s death.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that a donation be made to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.