Yvette Cecile Stanley
1969 - 2016
On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Yvette Stanley passed peacefully from this world, with her husband Kriss Stanley by her side.
Yvette Cecile Franklin was born on January 31, 1969 at Goleta Valley Hospital. After her mother died she was adopted and raised, from the age of 2, by her maternal grandmother Annie Walker, in Santa Barbara, California. She attended Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. She loved kids, and this led to jobs in the after-school programs at the Franklin Center and Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation. She also had a job as a much-loved nanny.
A good word to describe Yvette would be faith. She dedicated her life to Jehovah on November 25, 1989, and her faith became stronger as her illness progressed. She truly lived by what the Bible describes as true faith “the assured expectation of things hoped for.” Yvette’s hope never wavered, no matter what obstacle or adversity came her way. She was fearless in her hope and in her love for Jehovah God and her many friends and “spiritual” family members.
Another good word to describe Yvette would be family. She valued connection above all, seeking to knit together family and friends, whether to share Scooby snacks, beat you at Scrabble, watch I Love Lucy episodes, or play Spit with the kids. Her door was open to all.
And finally, a good word to describe Yvette would be strength -- the strength to continue to provide love and support to family and friends through several years of battling the illnesses that ultimately claimed her. No complaints, no bitterness -- that was not Yvette. She had the strength of acceptance and once again, her focus was outward, shining on loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Elva Lee Walker, and father, Cecil Franklin, maternal grandmother Annie Walker, maternal grandfather James Wafer, and brother Robert Brown.
She is survived by her husband Kriss Stanley, siblings Denise Daniels, Jimmy Brown, Demetria Pope, Darryl Gilbert, Donna Hastings, Julia Shands, and all of the friends and family --“framily” -- too numerous to mention here.
Yvette had a big reach and the gift of making each person in her life feel special. To some she was “TT”, to some a second mom, to all she is the one we will love always and carry in our hearts forever.
The family would like to thank Dr. Margaret Ray and all the medical staff for their support and amazing care of Yvette.
A memorial service for Yvette will be held on Saturday, January 14th at 2:00 PM at Kingdom Hall, 3208 Via Real, Carpinteria, California.
We invite you to visit: http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/yvettestanley/homepage.aspx to share memories of Yvette.