EVERETT, Wash.—Yvonne June Stone, medical missionary, died on Feb. 10, 2011. She was 76.
June dedicated her life to becoming a medical missionary in Africa at age 15 and studied hard to prepare. After graduating as her high school’s valedictorian, she attended Davis Memorial Bible College, again graduating with honors. She then graduated from Everett General Hospital’s nursing program and spent the following year as a surgical nurse in Everett.
From there she traveled to Paris, France, and attended Sorbonne College, learning the French language, and then traveled to Fort Crampel, Central African Republic, to learn Sango, the local dialect.
With her Bible and nurse’s training in hand, June joined Baptist Mid-Missions in 1959. Her field was French Equatorial Africa, now called Central African Republic. For 40 years June served at Ippy Hospital as a nurse, hospital administrator, and medical assistant trainer.
Toward the end of her career, she served briefly in Ghana but closed out her missionary service at her home church, Calvary Baptist in Everett, Wash. There she assisted in the Christian Education department and organized the annual seniors’ retreat for churches of the Baptist Network Northwest. June’s heart never left the hospital ministry. After retiring in 2006, she returned to Africa with an ultrasound machine and helped train hospital staff to use it.
June was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Vera Stone; three brothers, David, Marion, and Robert; and a sister, Gertrude.
She is survived by two sisters, Lavone Newell-Reim and Judy Coffell; three brothers, Chuck, Bill, and Jack; and many nieces and nephews.