Jun 1, 2020

"She Was Wonderful", We Remember Yvonne

We were saddened when we heard that our friend Yvonne Sanford Holditch passed away on May 22nd. “She was a wonderful stepmom”, our St Catharines friend Tammie tells Scribbles.

Yvonne was married to Tammie’s dad Richard. “She was with my dad for 35 years, married for 22 years”, says Tammie.

Yvonne & Richard operated a local cleaning company since the mid 80’s. When she wasn’t helping get things squeaky clean at work, Yvonne liked to spend time visiting with family and friends, playing euchre and striking up fun at the bowling alley.

Yvonne’s grandson Aeitch [who is certainly no stranger to Scribbles] created a tribute book all about his “Nene”. The book is filled with drawings and endearing words. “She gave me paper every time I came [to visit]”, 8 year old Aietch wrote in his special book. “She loved my planet pictures & cards and I always loved her”.

In January, 66 year old Yvonne appeared in Scribbles in a post about her adorable rescue dog Hope. “I rescued her, but she also rescued me”, Yvonne said of the lovable 1 ½ year old Japanese Chin Pin/Terrier therapy dog. Yvonne had cancer and her little canine companion was of great comfort to her. “She was my first bit of hope [coping] with this nasty disease,” Yvonne shared.

As many of you know, this isn’t the first time Tammie and her family have dealt with a loved one passing away due to cancer. Her mother & brother also succumbed to the disease. “Having to grieve during [this] pandemic is very strange”, says Tammie.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Tammie, Richard, Aeitch and all of Yvonne’s family and friends.

“From heaven to earth, I will always love her”, wrote Aietch, “I remember her in my heart”.

We will too Aietch, we most definitely will.

YVONNE (SANFORD) HOLDITCH June 23, 1953- May 22, 2020 After a difficult battle with cancer, Yvonne was called upon by the Father and reunited with her mother, Mary, and step-son, Ricky, as well as several other loved ones. Yvonne was the beloved wife of Richard; cherished mother of Tammy Sorko Kirsch (David), Phillip Sorko (Shawna), and Daniel Sorko; step-mother of Tammie Holditch; adored grandmother of Tyler, Alexandra, Karlee, and Aietch; treasured daughter of Lloyd; much-loved sibling of Kenneth, Audie, Wayne, Gail, Theresa, and April. Yvonne's passing also left a void in the hearts of her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and friends. Yvonne's family would like to thank her very special personal care-givers, the nurses from St. Elizabeth, Dr.Rycroft and her team, and the team at the Walker Family Cancer Centre. In lieu of flowers, at Yvonne's request, memorial donations may be made to the Jordan Station United Church - General Fund or the Walker Family Cancer Centre. A celebration of Yvonne's life will be held at a later date.

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