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Yvonne Gowens

June 8, 2023
Kalamazoo, MI




Gowens, Yvonne Elaine 59, went to be with her Savior on Thursday June 8, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Born June 27, 1963 in Kalamazoo, to the late Micheal Dean Gowens and Mary Elizabeth (Gowens) Greene. She was the fourth of Nine children.

Yvonne made many friends through the years with her spunky, silly and caring spirit. She was known as a giver and would give you her last. She was a great supporter and listener. She had a heart that shined as bright as the sun itself. Her greatest love was for her two children, Shad Gowens (or Stephen as she would say) and Sasha Anderson. Also her five grandchildren, Damian Gowens, Artemis Gowens, Yvarra Rodgers, Zhia Martin and KJ Martin all of Kalamazoo. She was very proud of her Grandkids and regularly attend their activities and events. She worked at Metron of Kalamazoo for many years, working her way up to supervisor. She gained a great deal of experience working with Mr. Shugars for a number of years. Yvonne loved her music, in particular Switch, Earth Wind and Fire, and Kieth Sweat. She also enjoyed " that one place" (the casino), bingo and the Minnesota Vikings. Spending time with her sisters, whether it was crocheting with Yvette or casinoing with Melissa gave her great pleasure. She enjoyed and was known for preparing special dishes as only she could, Taco's, greens and ghormeh sabzi to name a few. But most of all, family is what always completed her.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her brothers Shad Alan Gowens and Michael Alan Gowens. Surviving are her loving children Shad (Jeanne) Gowens, Sasha Anderson (Orlando), her siblings Duke Gowens (Angel), Terry (Marian) Gowens, Yvette (Earl) O'Bryant, Mark Gowens, Melissa Gowens (Dennis), Sari Gowens and step brother Issac all of Allegan. Her five Grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Also a special friend Beni.

There will be a celebration of Yvonne's life Saturday July 15 at 2:00 o'clock in Allegan at the Jaycee Park. A special thanks to The Cancer Center of Kalamazoo and Centrica Rose Arbor Hospice.