Yvonne Collett Stewart Gardner grew up in Roosevelt, Utah, and graduated from Union High School. Having never seen an ocean, she flew to San Diego the day after graduation to experience life on the west coast. She tried out for the college volleyball team in Chula Vista, California and played one season before taking a job in Los Angeles. There she met her first husband, a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. They were married for eight years then divorced, and are the parents of four wonderful sons.
Yvonne moved home to the Uintah Basin where she was reunited with her high school sweetheart. They have been married for 23 years and have two daughters and two more sons. She has been an active member of her church and finds comfort in knowing that we all have a purpose here as we learn and grow through our experiences.
Yvonne’s hardest trial yet was when she tragically lost her fourth son, Parker Stewart, 2 ½ years ago to respiratory depression after a routine tonsillectomy. He was newly married and then gone too soon. She worked with the Utah State Legislature to pass a concurrent resolution to educate the medical community to this widespread, but greatly unknown problem. She is learning that she “Could have missed the pain, but then she would have missed the dance” (Garth Brooks song).