Yvonne Rubida Shay was born near Woonsocket, SD to Arsen and Minnie (Authier) Rubida. On December 31,1934 she married Harvey Shay at the Notre Dame Chapel in Mitchell. They lived on several farms until 1949 when they moved to Mount Vernon and operated the Shays Café for numerous years. Yvonne also worked at the South Dakota State Training School in Plankinton and the Storla Nursing Home. In 1994 she moved to Meadowlawn Plaza in Mitchell where she celebrated her 90th birthday. On several occasions she was honored for her volunteer work in the Mitchell care centers. In 2004 she moved to the Avera Brady Assisted Living and then in January 2008 moved to the Avera Brady Health and Rehab. She was a long time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mount Vernon and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church after moving to Mitchell.
She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Bowman of McVille, ND; her two sons, Leslie Shay and wife, Jean of Delphi, IN, Gary Shay and wife, Glennice of Chaska, MN; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ila Pigg and husband, Clyde of McAlester, OK and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harvey, one sister, Lucille Stekle, four brothers, George, Freeman, Harmon, and Philip, a grandson, Richard Peterson, a nephew, Michael Stekle and a son-in-law, Farrell Bowman.
A Memorial Fund has been established.