CONCORD, CA (Feb. 16, 2023) — Yvonne Dress peacefully passed away at age 87 on Jan. 20, 2023.
Yvonne was born on May 1, 1935, at Concord Hospital to Ivan Cook of Kansas and Frances Cook (neé Butelo) of Spain. She attended Concord Elementary, Mt. Diablo High School and Diablo Valley College and graduated from UC Berkeley.
Yvonne took great pride in her knowledge of Concord landmarks, businesses and family residences as she had known them in her 77 years as a Concord resident. Car rides with family were filled with quizzes on “who lived where.” Yvonne was the self-appointed family genealogist – and for good reason. She loved researching and making notes on her family’s history, which spans from Spain to the Mayflower.
Yvonne proudly raised her four children in the same community which she grew up in – one full of baseball, block parties, a court full of friends and much more baseball. Her life revolved around her family: She took road trips to Kansas and Iowa with babies and toddlers in tow, and she looked forward to family reunions with the Spanish cousins each year. Her legacy was great, and she will be missed by countless friends and family members.
¡Vaya con Díos!
Yvonne is survived by her three children, Suzanne Ward, Andrea Anderson and Anthony Dress, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her husband Jack Dress, daughter Monica Winters and grandson Jacob Ward.
Her memorial service will take place on March 15 at Queen of Heaven in Lafayette. The service begins at 10:30 a.m., with a reception onsite to follow.