Yvonne Rubida Shay


April 22, 1913 - April 6, 2008




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.



Thursday, April 10, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, April 11, 2008
10:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mount Vernon Cemetery
Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Marylee (Heaton) Coats on April 9, 2008
In deed I was sorry to hear of Yvonne's passing. I and sister Eileen Bockorny visited a few times when I was back to South Dakota. I know she had a birthday April 22nd. Remember the many visits with our Mother when Yvonne lived in Mount Vernon. She had that special twinkle in her eyes . My prayers are with you at this difficult time but remember she is in a wonderful place and you will see her again someday.
Peace be with you. Marylee
Posted by Janice (Heaton)Becklund on April 9, 2008
Yvonne was such a lovely lady, and enjoyed the last visit we had with her in Mitchell.
You have many wonderful memories.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. God Bless

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