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Yvonne Means Kyker
September 9, 1926 ~ February 11, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Yvonne Means Kyker, 97, passed into Heaven February 11, 2024, where she is celebrating a reunion with her loving husband of 56 years, Daniel Clay Kyker, daughter, Kathy Kyker-Snowman, sister, Donna Harrington, brother-in-law Guilford Kyker and sister-in-law, Eleanor Patterson.
Yvonne was born to the late Lester and Opal Means on September 9, 1926, in Schenectady, NY. A lifelong athlete, she graduated from Michigan State University in 1948 with a major in Physical Education. At Michigan State she was a cheerleader, synchronized swimmer and scholar. She was awarded the beauty title for female swimmers in 1948 – “the Porpoise Queen.”
She was a talented seamstress and Girl Scout leader for all four of her daughters. She managed organizational projects for the late Mary Kellogg Bell which allowed her girls to enjoy Camp Glen Arden during the summers Christ School opened its campus for girls’ camp.
A lifelong outdoorswoman, she instilled a love of outdoor adventure in all of her girls. She loved gardening and nature and held leadership positions in many organizations – Garden Club of Hendersonville, Junior League, PEO – and enjoyed season tickets to the Hendersonville Symphony and Flat Rock Playhouse.
She was an avid golfer, tennis player, figure skater, skier and hiker. Affectionately compared to the Energizer Bunny, “Bammy” continued to play golf into her 90’s, scoring a Par 3 on Hendersonville Country Club’s second hole when she was 91 years young. She travelled to her beloved Jenny Lake in the Adirondack Mountains one month before her 93rd birthday.
She was blessed with very close friends who shared interests in bridge, tennis, paddle tennis, the arts and travel. She traveled the world extensively, accompanying her husband on many General Electric business trips. She valued education and with her sister, Donna, established a Blue Ridge Community College scholarship in perpetuity.
Yvonne is survived by three daughters – Karen Thibeau (Don) of Bethesda, MD, Diane Kyker of Hendersonville, NC, and Nancy Kyker of Hendersonville, NC. She is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandsons – Kelly Kyker-Snowman, Emily Kyker-Snowman, Claire Eckland (Sam), Erin Thibeau, Daniel Wadson, Tess Wadson, Graham Eckland and Meyer Daniel Eckland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the creation of the 19-mile Ecusta Trail corridor at conservingcarolina.org “Making the Dream Real” campaign.