Yvette Marie Stretch, 51, passed away in the Austin, TX area, surrounded by family on Thursday, May 9, 2013. She fought a gallant struggle against recent illness and also lifelong health afflictions. She will always be remembered for her kind and helpful ways, and dedication to helping others, which she utilized in her health career over many years.
Yvette was born on March 24, 1962 in San Francisco, CA, to her parents, James Alvin Stretch and Dixie Dee Stretch. She also lived in Diamond Bar, CA, for many years before moving to the Wyalusing, PA, area (Camptown) in 1978. She attended Wyalusing High School for the last three years of school and graduated with the class of 1981. She attended Red Rock Job Corps and took the medical assistant course, and then moved to California, where she received her Certificate of Phlebotomy.
She worked as a Phlebotomist in California, Utah (University of Utah) and finally in Texas, where she was employed by the Blood and Tissue Center of Austin, TX, from 2002 through 2012. Yvette had a special gift with children and was the one called upon most often for pediatrics. She also had a great love for pets and animals, and cherished her cat Sebastian for many years. She studied sign language, which she enjoyed, and could use, to help others.
Survivors include her parents James (and Lynn) Stretch, Salt Lake City, UT, and Dixie Stretch, Diamond Bar, CA; her sister, Donna and
James Laiche, Cedar Park, TX (with whom she had resided for the last ten years) and six other brothers and sisters including: Bette (and James) Caskey, Brentwood, CA, Norm (and Fran) Stretch, Laceyville, Daniel (and Elaine) Stretch, Hisperia, CA, Marga (and Joe) Draper, Salt Lake City, UT, Jim Stretch, Pittsburgh and Francesca (and Shawn) Murphy, Eagle, ID; aunts, Mary, Jean and Donna, and many nieces and nephews. Deceased are grandmothers Mary Anders and Lucille Stretch.
A memorial service was held in Austin, TX and the graveside committal was held on May 15. A mass for Yvette’s intention will be held at 12:15 p.m. on June 28 at St. Joachim’s Church, Meshoppen.
Anyone wishing to donate in Yvette’s memory is asked to consider St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Foundation or the Ronald McDonald House (for families of sick children) in your area.