The Landry family is sad to announce the passing of Yvonne Mildred Landry.
Yvonne was born in Lethbridge on November 12th, 1949 and passed away at home on May 23rd, 2019 at the age of 69 years.
She attended the Catholic schools in Lethbridge and graduated in 1968. She moved to Calgary and then on to Fernie, was married for a short time and then returned to Lethbridge.
Yvonne was a loving, caring daughter, sister, auntie and cat mom who was cherished by her family. She was also affectionally known as ‘Candy’ and ‘The Blonde Bombshell’.
She was a strong, vibrant and determined woman who not only survived, but thrived in a man’s world. She had numerous jobs during her career, and eventually settled on being in the automotive parts game.
Yvonne started her work life at Sears and the Bay on the sales floor, but it was not long before the call of the automotive business drew her in. In 1978 she obtained her automotive parts ticket. In her long and storied work experience, she was employed by a number of car dealerships, as well as performance and parts outlets. Just to name a few, Chinook Chrysler Calgary, Kootenay Dodge Fernie, King Chrysler Dodge, Baalim Wholesale, Sproule Bearing, Frank Automotive, Gasoline Alley and Marshall Auto Wreckers. We are sure there are more people and businesses that she touched during her work life that have not been mentioned.
Her passion was always in the automobile industry. Her first love was Jeeps and that craving was fueled by her father, ‘Frenchy’ Landry.
She also owned a number of cars, her first being a Datsun 510, then onto a Torino, Cordoba, Cherokee Chief, a few Camaros and Beaumonts and of course…. many Jeeps. Her favorite of all was her Dad’s 1976 Honcho that she had restored a number of years ago and proudly showed and drove it.
She was also certified as an I.S.C.A. Official in 1980. For those of you not familiar with that organization, it is the International Show Car Association. Yvonne was a qualified car show judge and judged numerous local shows and many World of Wheels Shows both in Lethbridge and in Calgary. Some of the other organizations that she was involved in, or participated in, were Jeep Clubs, Stock Car Racing (pit crew) and car shows with her own vehicles, as some were top quality cars. Another passion of Yvonne’s was designing and drawing, as she was a very talented artist and did many logos and t-shirts for numerous companies around Lethbridge.
Yvonne had been retired for 4 years before her passing.
She was predeceased by her father Euclid (Frenchy) Landry in 2003.
She will be sadly missed by her surviving family. Her Mom Mildred, brother William and Melaina, her nephew Cameron and grandniece Davey, nephew Curtis and grandnephews Cruz and Owen, and nephew Dean and Ashley Sommerfeld and of course her ever faithful companion, her cat Tina.
To all of those wishing to join, there will an informal Memorial Cruise to honour Yvonne. It will be held on Saturday June 1st, 2019 starting at 7:00 pm at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens Parking Lot, Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 0C6. All are welcome to attend.
One last spin for Yvonne.