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Yvonne Frances Elrod

Yvonne Frances Elrod, 96, of Piedmont, MO, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at Clarks Mountain Nursing Home, Piedmont, MO. She was born in Des Arc, MO, June 23, 1926, to parents James and Myrtle (Fowler) Lewis.

Yvonne was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She married Kenneth Elrod May 20, 1944, and was blessed with two children. Yvonne was of the Baptist faith and attended Friendship Baptist Church of Piedmont. She was born and raised in Des Arc, a 1944 graduate of Des Arc High School and moved to Piedmont in 1957. She loved her garden and her flowers. Yvonne was a passionate and nurturing homemaker. She had a feisty spirit, she enjoyed cooking and serving her family. Her family was everything to her.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband of sixty-three years, brothers: Arvil and Darwin Lewis; sister: Naomi Zager.

Yvonne is survived by her children: Kenny Elrod and wife Sally of Piedmont, Debbie Griffin and husband Nolan Tritschler of Columbia; grandchildren: Kent Elrod, Keri Elrod, Matthew Griffin and companion Sara Williams-Brown, Molly Newville and husband Justin; great-grandchildren: Kaden Elrod, Kenton Elrod, Van Newville and Harper Newville. Yvonne will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Visitation was held at 1:00 pm, Sunday, April 16, 2023, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont Chapel. Funeral followed at 3:00 pm, also in the Piedmont Chapel. Pastor Pete Ruble ministered to the family. Kenny Elrod, Kaden Elrod, Kent Elrod, Kenton Elrod, Matthew Griffin, Justin Newville, Nolan Tritschler served as pallbearers. Burial was in Mt. View Cemetery, Des Arc. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 in memory of Yvonne Elrod. Online condolences can be made at

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