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Yolanda Mary Vanek Bagley was born on July 4, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away on March 2, 2022. She was the second child of Carl and Tallie Jolley Vanek. While she spent some time growing up in Idaho, she was mostly raised in the Portland, Oregon area. She often talked about spending time as a child with her Czech grandparents and was always proud of her Czech heritage.
As a young lady she met Jack Bagley at a church dance. While Jack was serving a mission for the LDS church Yolanda wrote to him every day. They were married on May 1, 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS temple. She was a loving and devoted wife and always cared for Jack through any health problems or other challenges they faced together. She often told people that they were a match made in Heaven, and we are comforted knowing the joy they must feel at being reunited. Together they created and built a strong family of five children, 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Yolanda loved family parties and spent a lot of time preparing and planning them. She began a much-loved tradition of Lion House birthday parties for her grandchildren.
She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she diligently served in many church callings in Primary, M.I.A., Sunday School, and Relief Society. She was consistently an example of one who fulfilled her callings, often going above and beyond what was asked of her.
Yolanda loved to travel with her family and also with her friends. We all have wonderful memories of family vacations with her. She always tried to learn more about the places she visited and she enjoyed sharing that information with others. We all looked forward to seeing what fun treasures she brought home with her. She had many friends and always enjoyed the time she spent with them in many various activities including traveling and playing cards. She valued and nurtured the friendships she and Jack made.
Yolanda was quiet about the many talents she had, and she loved to learn to do new things—from needlework to cake decorating to making candy and dipping chocolates. When she was younger she learned to play the piano, as well as the harp. She was an avid reader and she liked to write poetry. She would write poems about our family vacations to Lake Powell, and these have become a part of our family history. She also learned bookkeeping and payroll skills in order to help in the family business and as another way to support Jack; she worked at the office daily into her 80s. She even enjoyed fixing things, a talent she said she inherited from her dad.
Yolanda is survived by her children Ron (Penny), Robyn Bave, Steve (Laurie), Rozan (Ron) Mitchell, and Suzette (Peter) Bradford; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother David Vanek and her sister Judy (Gordon) Grier. She is preceded in death by her husband Jack, her parents, two sisters and two brothers, daughter-in-law Susan Bagley and son-in-law Pete Bave.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday March 8, 2022 at 12:00pm at the Holladay 27th Ward building 5450 S. Holladay Blvd. Family and friends may call on Tuesday at the church from 10:30 to 11:45am before the services.
Interment will be at Memorial Mountain View Cemetery.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
10:30 - 11:45am (Mountain time)
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Starts at 12:00pm (Mountain time)
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