FRANK, Yvonne Mae

It is with great sadness the family of Yvonne Frank announces her passing on May 13, 2021 at the age of 68 years.

Yvonne is survived by her brother Gregory and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and is mourned by many close friends and neighbors.

There will be a graveside service and interment held at Little Mountain Cemetery, 16027 – 54 Street, Edmonton, AB, on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm. An additional interment of my father Blair Frank remains will also occur at this time.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Sturgeon Community Hospital for their kindness, support and care shown to Yvonne during her stay.

Memorial donations in Yvonne’s name may be made directly to Canadian Cancer Society.

Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel

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Beverley Darby

My heart felt condolences to Craig and Yvonne’s family. I worked with Yvonne at Alberta Health and had continued our many chats since her retirement. I did not know that Sunday May 9, 2021 would be our last conversation on this planet. We talked for a long time regarding life’s events, her upcoming surgery and post surgery recovery, planned visits in the summer, not knowing that her end was so near.

Yvonne was an extremely professional person along her career’s journey, well travelled individual and a talented baker. I know that Yvonne will be greatly missed by her immediate family members and the many people who had the opportunity to have known her and had spent time in her presence, she was an awesome, talented and wonderful person to have in your circle.

Yvonne, May your soul rest in eternal peace, I will miss you my friend.

Beverley Darby

Richard D. Ballhorn

I was so sorry to read of Yvonne’ s passing. We worked together in Dfait’s Environment and Sustainable Development Bureau and kept in touch thereafter through emails and annual lunches in Edmonton when my wife and I visited my Wetaskiwin area relatives. She will be missed.

Dick Ballhorn

Richard Ballhorn

I am so sorry to read of Yvonne’ s passing. We had worked together for several years in the Environment and Sustainable Development Bureau in Ottawa and kept in touch thereafter. We usually had lunch in Edmonton during the summer when I was visiting relatives in Alberta and I had been looking forward to having lunch with her this summer. My deepest sympathies to her brother and members of her extended family

Dick Ballhorn

Terrance Storms

Although both Edmontonians, Yvonne and I only met in Ottawa. We worked together at DFAIT headquarters and once abroad, at the Canadian Embassy to Kuwait. She was much oriented to the small Canadian community wherever she was assigned abroad, important in cultures not always friendly and open. She was an exemplary representative of Canada all over the world, a fine Edmontonian and a good friend. Condolences to Greg and all her friends.

Carl & Peggy Boesch

Dear Greg–Carl and I were very sorry to hear about Yvonne’s passing. We’ve known Yvonne for over 40 years and kept in touch through our various postings. She was a no nonsense kind of girl and we loved her wit and dry sense of humor. She was also a great cook and kept a lovely home. When our son was little, she brought him a hand painted rocking horse that she got on assignment in Moscow—one of three I believe. It sits in our family room and we hope to pass it on to our grandchild one day soon. We were aware of Yvonne’s health issues and recent cancer diagnosis, but were hopeful that she would pull through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.

Carl & Peggy Boesch
McLean, VA

Peggy Coupland

I was so sorry to hear of Yvonne’s passing. I enjoyed working with her in the Legal Bureau. I recently made friends with her on FB and will certainly miss her.

Reid and Karen Henry

Karen and I are sending our sincere sympathies to Yvonne’s family. I worked with Yvonne in the Commercial Division at the Embassy in Moscow in the late 1980s and early 1990s. We became good friends and stayed in touch throughout the years, getting together for lunch occasionally in Edmonton after she finished her DFAIT career and eventually retired. Yvonne was kind-hearted but also a tough lady. She served Canada in some of the world’s most difficult locations across Eastern Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. We always enjoyed her self-reliant spirit and dry sense of humour. We were in touch last month and knew she was sick, but her passing is a profound shock. She is gone far too soon. She will be deeply missed.
Reid Henry
Kelowna, BC

Mary Lou Finlan

I was saddened to hear of Yvonne’s death. She always seemed so strong and invincible. I am currently doing a 100 mile challenge in London, UK where I live. We are walking 100 miles in May to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now. I have passed the 100 mile mark and have surpassed the £150 the organisation asked participants to raise. I will keep Yvonne in my thoughts and prayers as I walk. I am also 68 years old and had breast cancer back in 2021. I am so grateful that my cancer was detected early and I have been cancer free for over 20 years now. My sincere condolences to Yvonne’s family and friends. We never worked in the same division or were not on the same overseas postings but I knew Yvonne from headquarters.
RIP Yvonne. Mary Lou Finlan

Dorothy L Craig

Please accept my very sincere condolences on the passing of Yvonne. I have to assume this was sudden and unexpected, as I had been in touch with Yvonne several times this spring by email, most recently at the end of April. I knew she was having health issues but had no inkling that the situation was this serious.
I knew Yvonne from our years in the foreign service. I know she served abroad with integrity and was a valuable and trustworthy representative of Canada. She will be missed by so many.

Sylvia Sheppard

My sincere condolences to you Greg. I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Yvonne’s passing. I read Wayne Arnold’s post on Yvonne’s FB page. I actually had to read it over and over to let it sink in….still too hard to believe. We became friends on FB recently. I was so appreciative that Yvonne connected with me. We did a few letter writings and I was always interested to hear what she had to say. We reminisced about the earlier years with Grandpa Adolf…..his love of pop, peppermint and raspberry candies. However, unfortunately with her also expressing her concern with her health and how it affected her and also her family. I wish we could have had more time so I could have supported her through her journey. I will cherish those letters and I pray that you will have the support during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I would have made the trip on the 19th for the graveside, however, with the uncertainty due to Covid-19 restrictions I am unable to attend. I will make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Edmonton Humane Society as I knew of Yvonne’s love of cats. If you wish to reach out my phone # is 306 370-5946 and you can text me as well. Take care.


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