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Lorna “Gay” Yokley

d. December 5, 2014

Lorna Gay Yokley, age 73 of Palmyra, WI passed away peacefully on December 5, 2014 at her home. She was born August 14, 1941 in Hayti, MO the daughter of Arland and Agatha (Wright) Foster.

Gay was united in marriage to John D. Yokley on April 13, 1963 in Alton, IL.

Gay will be remembered for her unbelievable trivia knowledge, amazing storytelling, art and musical talent, and her love of travel. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John, children; Kimberly (Brent) Kosick of Huntington Beach, CA, Scott (Susan) Yokley of Sugarland, TX, and Rebecca (Richard) Hoeft of Palmyra, WI; 5 grandchildren; siblings, Orland Foster of Memphis, TN, Sue Schuerenberg of Lutz, FL, and Mark Foster of Sikeston, MO, and by a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00AM until the time of funeral service at 11:00AM at Williamsville United Methodist Church on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 with Pastor Dick Piscatelli officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to ProHealth Home Hospice or Oconomowoc Memorial Cancer Center 725 American Avenue Waukesha, WI 53188.


  1. Dear John and family,

    We are so saddened by Gay’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your memories of happy times spent with Gay give you strength and eventual peace. She was such a generous, kind and thoughtful friend and neighbor. She will be missed.

    Jim and Pam Junkmann

  2. Hello, John and family-

    I just received an eMail from Donna Gale about Gay, and I was shocked! I am very sorry about your loss, John.

    I know the mixed emotions you must be feeling- relief that she’s not suffering any longer; yet, sorrow, loneliness, grief and so forth. This is a bad time, with the Holidays coming on.

    I didn’t have the chance to spend a lot of time with her, but, what time we had together was always fun and joy. She had an engaging personality, and it was always a pleasure to be around her.

    You’re a strong person, and, given time, you will work through it. I’ll be thinking of you, and give me a call at 724-813-6070 if you want to talk.

    Your friend,

    Bill Claypool

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