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Frances Carol Yost
September 18, 1943 – April 20, 2020

Lyons Falls- Frances Carol Gydesen Yost, age 76, formerly of Cherry Street, Lyons Falls and widow of Donald, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020, at her home.

Frances was born in Lowville on September 18, 1943, to Francis and Lois Hubbard Gydesen. She grew up at The Pines homestead in Penny Settlement and graduated from Port Leyden High School with the Class of 1961.  On June 30, 1961, Frances married Donald A. Yost, the love of her life, at the home of her grandparents, Guy and Naomi Hubbard.

In the 1960s, Frances and Don managed and lived at the Cozy Corner Restaurant located at the bottom of the McAlpine Street hill in Lyons Falls.  There, Frances became famous for her homemade baked goods.  Indeed, all who tasted her cooking and baking will remember it fondly.  She said others knew she was baking when they could smell molasses cookies in the oven.  Apart from her culinary skills, Frances, also, enjoyed reading, camping, and crafting, including embroidering.  She served as a Girl Scout leader for twenty-five years and as a Boy Scout leader for one year.  In addition, she worked at Mercer’s when the company had a store in downtown Lyons Falls.  Moreover, she drove school bus for the South Lewis District for twenty-five years before she retired after injuring her shoulder and could no longer return to work.

Foster parents for twenty-five years, Frances and Donald, lovingly, brought over twenty children into their home and cared for them like their own:  Chris, Greg, Janet, Jeff, and Cathy Lamb lived with them for many years, and they held a dear place in her heart.

A member of the Forest Presbyterian Church in Lyons Falls, Frances loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren above all her worldly possessions.  Delighted to have her granddaughter, Amanda, Billy, and her great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Aria, move in with her, she welcomed them with open arms.  Indeed, she loved hearing the sounds of their little voices.  She thought of Amanda as her most special angel, and she felt so proud to have Amanda take care of her until the end.  Just before she passed, she said she thought of herself as the luckiest person to have had so many people who loved her.

Frances is survived by three children:  Donald A Yost, Jr., and his wife, Nancy, Denise Yost, and her partner, Miles McDonald, and Daniel Yost, and his partner, Deborah Mowers; five grandchildren:  Tami Unroe, Tabitha Milton, and her husband, Christopher, Donald Yost III, and his  fiancée, Naomi Aquino, Amanda Yost, and her  partner, William Denslow, and Hunter Yost, and his partner, Ciera Egan; six great grandchildren:  Caleb Teague, Zachary Yost, Wyatt and Aria Denslow, and Hailey and Alaina Milton; her siblings:  Lorraine (Jim) Bennett and Gordon (Bonnie) Gydesen; her sisters-in-law:  Marilyn (Ray) Armfield, Debbie (Greg) Stiff, Teresa (Gary) Hoffman, Janette (Mike) Raymond, and James and Nelson Gydesen; and her in-laws:  Beverly (Robert) Britt, Betty (Bob) Wagar, Pat (Willie) Wilson, Kenneth (Mary) Rhone, and William Rhone; as well as by many, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Frances is predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald, on December 2, 1999, her grandson, Neil Unroe; her brother, Thomas Gydesen; and her brother-in-law, Joseph Rhone.

A celebration of Frances’ life will be held at a later date and time to be announced by the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville.

Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville, New York, 2020.

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