Yvonne E. Harward

Written by Theresa Rose on September 3, 2016

Yvonne E. Harward, 85, of Des Moines, formerly of Douds went to be with the Lord in Heaven Wednesday August 31, 2016 at Taylor House Hospice, Des Moines.  She was born January 3, 1931 to Hollis and Ethel Thomas Harward in Ottumwa.

Yvonne graduated in 1948 from Douds-Leando Consolidated Schools, received a Bachelors degree in Music Education (B.M.E) from Drake University in 1952 and earned her master’s degree in 1959.  She utilized her education to teach vocal music and piano in Iowa, Michigan and Kansas. Yvonne was a lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Iota, sang in many churches and at recitals as a soloist.   She loved fishing, quilting, gardening, bird watching, classical music and old hymns.


Yvonne is survived by her children Michael Johnson (Kris) of Altoona, John Johnson of Clive, Stephanie Johnson of Grimes, three grandchildren, Alyssa Smith, Amanda Wager (Michael) and Haylee Simpson, three great-grandchildren, Asa Resh, Danley Ross and Avery Wager, a brother, Bob Harward (Mary) of Indianola, nieces and a nephew.


She had 2 mottos “Keep on Trucking” and “What a Country” and has written poems and stories about her life.  Her relationship with God through Jesus Christ was the most important aspect of MOM.


In accordance with her wishes, Yvonne’s body has been cremated. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday September 6, 2016 in Leando Cemetery with Rev. Steven Benson officiating.  Memorials to Taylor House – Unity Point Hospice or Sigma Alpha Iota Music Therapy may be brought to the cemetery or mailed to the family at 1250 11th St. S.E., Apt 8211, Grimes, IA 50111.