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Obituary for Yvonne R. Gabos

On Friday, October 9, 2020, Yvonne Rose Gabos, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend died at the age of 83. She passed away peacefully, with her family present, at her Pine Lake Plainwell home of 63 years, after battling vascular dementia for the past few years.

Yvonne was born on January 22, 1937, in Kalamazoo, MI, to Leonard Monroe Harris and Dorthea Rose Harris. Yvonne graduated Kalamazoo Central High School in 1955 and was proud to be a Maroon Giant. On January 5, 1957, she married the love of her life, Joseph Edward Gabos. He was her rock and confidant and most recently the most loving and compassionate caregiver. Together they raised their two daughters, Linda French and Gail Vedder, of whom she could not have been more proud. The joys of her life were her grandchildren. She also loved gloating about how she didn’t look old enough to be a “great” grandma. She was dearly loved by many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Yvonne was that lady who couldn’t get through a meal at a local Delton restaurant without someone coming up to her. They recognized her as their childhood bus driver (driving 42 years for Delton Kellogg Schools), their election judge, square dancing friend, or the one who made their wedding or graduation cake. She loved living in a small town where basically everyone knew her name.

Yvonne loved many things in life: Baking, sewing, fishing, square dancing, and saving all of the neighborhood stray cats were among her favorites.

Her family and friends will always remember her when they see a hummingbird, a bouquet of carnations (her favorite “because they live so long”), or while making her signature cake frosting or rhubarb pie. Her beautiful life and legacy will live on in her family and friends forever.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard & Dorthea Harris and her sister, Lorraine Boyd. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Gabos; brother, Leonard Harris Jr.; daughters, Linda French and Gail Vedder; grandchildren: Justin (Shona) French, Joshua (Christina) French, Micaela (Dana) Elzea, Mallory Vedder, and Marley Vedder; and great grandchildren: Kaylee and Diana French.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, a funeral service will not be held at this time out of extreme care and compassion for the health of everyone. A celebration of life gathering will likely be held in summer of 2021. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Yvonne’s family.