Yvonne Marie Kolander

January 26, 1936 - November 07, 2018

Yvonne Marie Kolander

Yvonne Marie Kolander, 82, of Sour Lake, died Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. She was born on January 26, 1936, to Mary Yolande Huval Prather and Joseph “Abner” Prather, in Richard, Louisiana. Yvonne received her post graduate degree from Lamar. She was a teacher, administrator, and school board member for Hardin-Jefferson ISD and retired from Region 5 Service Center as Curriculum Coordinator. Yvonne was also a CASA volunteer and Docent for the McFaddin-Ward House.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-five years, James Kolander; son, Rick Kolander; daughter, Vickie Kolander Pelt and her husband, Ken; son, Ronny Kolander and his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Reba Kolander Schroeder; son, Billy Kolander and his wife, Emy; grandchildren; Christie Sonnier and her husband, Scott; Lori Slocum and her husband, Reggie; Cody Kolander and his wife, JoLee; Tracy Brown and her husband, Robert; Darrel Pelt and his wife, Kim; Sommer Shackelford; Natasha Kolander; Morgan Kolander; Mallory Kolander; Kasi Bryant and her husband, Cody; Brandi Duplant and her husband, Jason; and William Schroeder; “adopted son” from India, Rami Madan; seventeen great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marie Prather; and numerous nieces, nephews, and host of friends and former students she has taught over the years.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Joseph Prather.

A gathering of Mrs. Kolander’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2018, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 245 West Highway 90, China. Interment will follow at China Cemetery.


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Friday, November 09, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Friday, November 09, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church
245 Highway 90 China, TX 77613
Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 a.m.
China Cemetery
30.059930 Zzz94.344110

Comments (31)

  • Tina Hawley Almond

    10 November 2018 at 09:17 | #

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the passing of your mom, Mrs. Kolander. I am sorry to be out of town but your mom was a very sweet and special lady. She touched and influenced my life both as a gifted educator and family friend . I hope she and my mom get to play Canasta when they meet in heaven! All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.


  • R.H.

    09 November 2018 at 18:24 | #

    Our condolence to the Family. May God comfort and soothe you during your time of bereavement. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4


  • Bert and Patsy Fontenot

    09 November 2018 at 17:57 | #

    Although We did not,see her often, she was always a cheerful person. She did,a great job taking care of our children.i
    In my memories she will always be the cheerful person that I remember.


  • Tracey Stewart

    09 November 2018 at 15:35 | #

    Mrs. Kolander was my Language Arts teacher in the seventh grade at Henderson Middle School. She had a love for her students and inspired me to become a teacher. I can still recall some of the stories she would share with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May you find comfort in knowing she is among the Angels and our Father's feet.


  • Jerry and Cyndi Carrell

    09 November 2018 at 15:04 | #

    Words cannot express our heart-felt condolences with the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We lost an amazing soul with Ms. Yvonne’s passing. She was always such a positive person and was a pleasure to be around. Always ready with a warm meal, or a warm place to stay. There are so many memories of her when we were growing up. Her love for life, knowledge and family and friends was an inspiration to all. Rest in Peace Mrs. Kolander. Gone but never forgotten, always in our hearts.


  • Teresa Dumphy

    09 November 2018 at 14:16 | #

    I have told this story many times: when our family found out in 1969 that a family with five kids was moving across our mostly quiet street from us, we voiced the proverbial saying-Great, there goes the neighborhood! Well, we were wrong. Yvonne, James and those kids became part of our family and still are to this day. You couldn't ask for any better neighbors. Yvonne (Mrs.
    Kolander back then) put up with our teenage shenanigans with mostly calmness. We watched as she became teacher, administrator, school board member and then back to just plain Mrs. Kolander, although plain isn't the word for her. She was one of the most interesting people I knew. When I moved back into the family home after many years away, she became not only my neighbor again, but my friend. We used to talk about many diverse subjects including books, politics, UFO's and even out of body experiences. We used to sit on her back porch rocking and watching the beautiful sunsets. A light went out on Attaway Road Wednesday--the sun had finally set on a beautiful life. Yvonne will be missed fondly by so many, but with a legacy such as hers, it doesn't get much better than that.


  • Chris and Courtney Curbow

    09 November 2018 at 12:00 | #

    Billy, may your mom rest in peace. I know she left behind many wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Emy, and the rest of your family.


  • Jaton Pittard

    09 November 2018 at 01:31 | #

    I was only around "Nanny" as she was so humbling referred to a couple of times. In that short period of time it did not take long to realize what a truly incredible women she was. and that her grandchildren loved and admired her. Cody, Lori, Christie, and the rest of the family, I am so very sorry for the tremendous void in your lives in the loss of this astonishing women.


  • Karen and Mike Ladyman

    08 November 2018 at 23:01 | #

    Billy, I only met your mom a handful of times but it was always a joy to be in her presence. She was truly a beautiful woman inside and out and I know her absence will be deeply felt by the many lives she touched. We send you much love and many prayers.


  • Kim Dearbonne Waller

    08 November 2018 at 22:22 | #

    The world has lost a special lady. Heaven has gained a special angel.


  • Lisa Broussard

    08 November 2018 at 21:23 | #

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers with your family.


  • Carl and Ariane Sutton

    08 November 2018 at 20:55 | #

    Many people knew her as Yvonne or Mrs. Kolander. To me, she is always "Billy's Mom". When she spent the weekend at our home once, I told her that she raised one of the most kind hearted, gentlest and optimistic men I have ever known. After getting to know her, I saw how Billy inherited those traits. What greater legacy can there be for her time on earth than to have raised children who loved her immensely and who will continue to make her proud, while she watches over them from her well deserved place in heaven. We love you with hearts and souls, Billy and Emy.


  • John and Kay Traugott

    08 November 2018 at 19:45 | #

    Billy, Emy, Mr. Kolander, & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    John and Kay Traugott


  • Sheri Jenkins

    08 November 2018 at 19:43 | #

    Ms. Yvonne was a wonderful person and I enjoyed visiting with her everytime we would meet. She was a very caring person and was always smiling. May the Perpetual Light shine upon her..


  • Felecia Bourque St. Laurent

    08 November 2018 at 18:29 | #

    To all of the Kolander Clan please know that my heart is with each and every one of you. Nanny helped mold me into the woman I am today and she will always hold the most amazing place in my heart. I am HONORED that she was chosen as my Godmother. An amazing woman who shined with love for every single one of you. I am so proud that she considered me part of her family and I know that my Mom was blessed in so many ways to have her as her best friend for so many years. I love you all VERY much.


  • Christy Moss

    08 November 2018 at 18:19 | #

    I’ am so profoundly sorry for the loss of this amazing woman! What an honor it has been to become her friend. To steal a line from Rhett Butler....she was the only completely kind person I ever knew.......I will miss her always. Love you all.


  • Emily Ervin

    08 November 2018 at 17:02 | #

    Mrs. Vicki and all of the Kolander family - I’m so glad to have spent some time with you and sweet Mrs. Yvonne. You truly have an amazing family and I am praying for y’all!
    Emily Ervin (Baptist Hospital)


  • Ken and Carolyn M. Abney

    08 November 2018 at 14:39 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kolander family.


  • Sissie Attaway Pricer

    08 November 2018 at 04:33 | #

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Yvonne. I don't remember ever seeing her without a smile. My thoughts and prayers for all the Kolanders. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.


  • Kathleen Greer

    08 November 2018 at 03:55 | #

    So many memories are coming to mind growing up. I will always remember Ms. Kolander as an exceptional person. My thoughts and prayers for the family.


  • Susan Conrad Jarrell

    08 November 2018 at 02:19 | #

    My mentor and friend. I owe my career to this sweet and talented lady. The education world is a better place because of Yvonne’s devotion. I will miss her but I know that she is among the angels!


  • Bettie Patterson Coker

    08 November 2018 at 01:09 | #

    So sorry to hear about this vivacious and loveable lady..Remembering James and children and praying for comfort


  • Glenda Brown

    08 November 2018 at 01:03 | #

    Vickie, My heart and prayers are with you and your family.


  • Susan Hogg

    08 November 2018 at 00:52 | #

    My deepest sympathy to all the Kolander family. May God bless you with the comfort of wonderful memories.


  • Cheryl Ellison Moss

    08 November 2018 at 00:31 | #

    Reba jo I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. She was the best. Always treated me like I was one of the kids. I'm sending my thoughts and prayers to you and the rest of the family..???


  • Nancy Hogg Cornwell

    08 November 2018 at 00:20 | #

    Saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Kolander.....such a dear, sweet lady! May God bring comfort and peace to the family.


  • Jackie Griffin

    08 November 2018 at 00:09 | #

    Prayers for the Kolander family.. Such a sweet lady, she will be missed...


  • Sharon and Joe Broussard

    07 November 2018 at 23:24 | #

    To all the Kolander family you are in our prayers at the loss of Ms.Yvonne. She was a kind and sweet woman. Sharon and Joe


  • Judi and Ronnie Benoit

    07 November 2018 at 23:07 | #

    God bless her sweet soul and comfort her loved ones. Yvonne lived her life well and will be remembered by so many.

    Ronnie and Judi Benoit


  • Sherry Dougher Brown

    07 November 2018 at 22:43 | #

    We’ve lost a beautiful person but blessed with sweet memories. Mrs. Yvonne gave me one of the best friends a girl could hope for and the memories and friendships are priceless. Fly with the angels. ?


  • Drew Hoss McClary - Sour Lake Ford

    07 November 2018 at 22:32 | #

    I have only met here a few times but every time I met her she had a smile on her face and loved everyone. Praying for the family.


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