Yolanda Carma Rossi passed away peacefully on Sept. 27, 2013 in Cortez, Colorado. She was in the loving arms of her son, Mat, and two close friends, Alicia and Becky. One of her last memories of her earthly existence will be of another of her dear friends holding Yolanda in her arms, while singing to her the song “I Am A Child of God.” Lung cancer then took her life and escorted her to the Hereafter...a place of absolute peace and love.
Yolanda was born in Ogden on June 14, 1938 to John and Carma Rossi. Her youth, spent both in Brigham City and Bountiful, was a time of wonder, imagination and adventure. She forged lasting friendships, many of which still exist today. Family and friendships were most important to her.
She was a stellar student and loved learning. She graduated from Davis High School where she was student body vice president. She continued her education by attending the Western Montana College of Education, the University of Utah and then received a post graduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
She worked several years for the marketing department of Macy’s Department Store in San Francisco.
Answering an inner call to serve, Yolanda joined the Peace Corps where she loved and served the people of Ethiopia for 18 months.
After returning from Ethiopia, she married, had a son, Mat, and eventually settled in Cortez, Colorado, where she worked for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in their Education Department on the reservation located at Towaoc, Colorado. She continuously encouraged tribal students to complete high school, and then further their education by earning college degrees. Following retirement from her position with the Tribe, she was employed by the Cortez Public Library.
She is survived by her beloved son, Mathew Rossi; granddaughter, Hali Rossi; brother, Johnny Wynn Rossi and sister, Constance O’Conner. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Carma Rossi and by a younger sister, Jody Marietta Francesca Rossi.
Yolanda was a kind, wise, loving, gentle, generous and determined lady. She was especially loved and admired by all of her extended family.
She had a large area of influence as was exhibited by the many friends and family who attended her funeral services in Cortez.
A memorial service will be celebrated for Yolanda on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the Bountiful 41st Ward Chapel, 165 S. 1000 East, Bountiful.