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Mae Yvonne Hulse was born on May 21, 1929 on a farm outside of Haxtun, Colorado to Hattie and Gene Swisher. She passed away peacefully on October 31, 2022 with her family present.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James Hulse, siblings, Richard Swisher, Colleen Scheel, and Lowell Swisher, daughter Kathy Hulse and grandson Nathan Gilbert. She is survived by her brother Wayne (Judy) Swisher, son, Kelly (Michelle) Hulse of Phoenix, daughter Kristy (Lawrence) Gilbert of Omaha, her grandchildren Joshua Hulse, Toshia (Pat) Carranza, Erin (Chris) Cox, her great grandchildren, Devon, Joshua II, Allena, Otto, Shiloh, Kyrie, Xavier, Finn and Sylas, and her great great grandchildren Audrey, Adrian, Miguel, and Ezra. She will by missed by many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Yvonne had a long work history. Her first job was in a department store in Haxtun, CO. During her children’s younger years, she was a stay home mom but continued to work in her garden, and provide day care for neighbors’ children. Yvonne went to work at F. W. Woolworth at the Crossroads in the luncheonette. She worked part-time until 1974 when she went to work full time.
Yvonne was efficient and learned quickly to work in the various areas of the restaurant. She was a friendly and caring waitress paying special attention to the wants and needs of her customers. She was quickly promoted to manager of the lunch department then to district manager. She supervised Woolworth lunch departments in Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, and Minnesota. After 30 years and many years of traveling, Yvonne left Woolworth to be closer to home. She now had grandchildren that needed her love and attention.
Yvonne continued to work and found her next calling at HyVee on 90th and Maple. There she found many life long friends and a wealth of new experiences. Again her diligent work ethic provided her the opportunity to manage the health and beauty department. After her 70th birthday, she decided to leave her management position to become the 6:00 a.m. checker. This was her favorite job. She enjoyed seeing the same people each morning and learning about their families. Her love and care for the customers made her the most popular checker. She was honest, fair and helpful. Again, some of her customers became life long friends that she was able to share special life events. After 30 years with HyVee, Yvonne retired after her 85th birthday.
Beyond working, Yvonne held many other interests. She was an excellent event planner that kept her friends and family connected. She enjoyed gardening. Whether it was a large garden in her yard or small container garden, she had an amazing knack for growing plants. She loved baking!!! Especially making her delicious brownies and cookies by the dozen for family, friends and bake sales. Yvonne’s special delight was making counted cross-stitch pictures. She loved to watch the various patterns take shape on the adda cloth as she stitched. She made countless baby and wedding samplers and even stitched lovely pictures from photographs.
Yvonne left behind a legacy of faith and love. These were both instilled in everyone she knew and loved her. She will be missed by many.
Memorial service 11:00 am, Monday, November 7, at Roeder Mortuary, 2727 N. 108th St. Omaha, NE.
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