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Cozad Graduate: Sandra K. Yonkey, Age 72

Thursday, September 2, 2021
Sandra K. Yonkey, Age 72

Sandra K. Yonkey

Sandra Kay Yonkey, “Sandy”, boldly passed away on August 20th, 2021 to be with her Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Home at last.

Sandy was born on January 4th, during the blizzard of 1949, to Herman and Phyllis (Small) Fredericksen in Lexington, Nebraska. They were fortunate to follow a snowplow from Cozad to the Lexington hospital for the birth of their first baby.

A 1967 Cozad, NE High School graduate, Sandy made lifetime friends there and enjoyed pep club and band. She worked for American Labs in Lexington and Lincoln, after she graduated from North Platte Community College. On September 14th, 1985, Sandy married Darrell Yonkey, a Lincoln native.

Sandra loved the city life of Lincoln and also her flower gardens at their home together. Both she and Darrell were passionate Schnauzer dog parents and frequently walked with their dog family in their neighborhood and nearby parks. They also traveled and camped RV style.

Always ready for fun in everything, especially going out for dinner, playing cards, chess, and board games in family get-togethers. Sandy always laughed and kept family and friends laughing too. She just made people feel good about themselves. Her love for the deaf community at Capitol City Christian Church in Lincoln was a longstanding purpose and ministry in her life. She was their sister, friend, teacher, and sign language interpreter.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband Darrell Yonkey of Lincoln NE, sisters Sharon (Greg) Howerter of Chadron NE and Carla (Chuck) Johnston of Fredericksburg VA; sister in-law Beverly Hessheimer of Lincoln NE; niece Joette (Eric) Fuller of Chadron, NE and nephews Jeffrey (Jennifer) Howerter of Cozad NE, Darin Hessheimer, and Kevin Hessheimer of Lincoln, NE; 6 grandnieces Micaiah, Makinley, Sydney, Jentsyn, Addison, Emma and several cousins in Nebraska, Texas, California and Washington states.