Mary Jane Yocom

Obituary of Mary Jane Yocom

Mary Jane Pavlat-Yocom Mary Jane passed away on February 16th, 2022. Born in Berlin, Wisconsin September of 1945 to Mary “Polly” Pavlat. Before she was born, her father-Clinton Halverson’s, plane was shot down during WWII. She was adopted by Richard “Dick” Pavlat and lived in Ludington, Michigan. At 8 years old her family moved to her grandparents’ house in Red Granite, Wisconsin where she grew up. After spending 3 years at The University of Wisconsin, she moved to Medford, Oregon and attended Southern Oregon University. She married John Yocom and had 2 girls: Kellie and Keri. After getting divorced with only $5 left in her pocket and friends by her side, she decided to start a career in transportation. She became one of the top Brokers in Oregon, and eventually owned her own business. She followed her girls up to Washington State where she continued to build her business so she could spoil her grandchildren. Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents: Polly Pavlat, Dick Pavlat and Clinton Halverson, Aunts: Margaret Huebner, Mary Lawrie, Gen Devroy, Charlotte Neumeier, Maybelle Lawrie, Vera Lawrie, Uncles: William Lawrie, John Lawrie, Woody Lawrie, Bert Lawrie, Dick Halverson, Joy Devroy, and Martin Neumeier, her ex-husband: John Yocom, Cousins: Tim Lawrie, Billy John Lawrie, Joe Devroy, Theresa Devroy and Terry Neumeier, nieces: Suzanne Pavlat and Dawn Hagler Mary Jane is survived by her daughters: Kellie Carney and Keri Buechel, grandchildren: Austin Carney, Serena Carney, Alex Buechel, Samantha Buechel, and Victoria Buechel, brothers: Jack, Rick and Tom Pavlat, Sisters-in-love: Pat Lawrie Barbara Pavlat, Jane Pavlat and Olympia Pavlat, Cousins: James Lawrie, Pete Lawrie, Susan Neumeier, Mary Lou Getter, Sandra Neumeier and Dale Neumeier, hyphens: Brian Carney and Steve Buechel, nephews: Rick Pavlat, Matt Lawrie, Steve Gueck, Tom Singleton, Ron Singleton, and nieces Carrie Pavlat, Sydney Pavlat, Kellie Lawrie, Sharon Gueck, Penny Garibay, Kristy Kelly, Shawnie Strickland, Lori Tennant, daughter- in-love: Susie White and grandchildren-in-love: Christopher, Daniel, Noah, Westin and “baby girl” Clogston; along with so many friends. Many stories have been told about growing up in Wisconsin with her brothers and cousins: Watermelon fights in neighbors’ fields, bashing a head with a trumpet, hitchhiking to Big Silver, sneaking down to The Red Granite Quarry, working at the pickle factory, hanging out at Milty Wilty’s, and great times at Camp Waushara. Mary Jane had a passion for The Green Bay Packers, Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders, and Blazers. She watched or attended as many games as possible and would never leave a game until it was completely over. She enjoyed playing Cribbage, Kings and Sevens, Spoons, On Your Honor, Oh “CRAP” and many other games. She loved crafts of all sorts: Stain glass, making cards, candles, placemats. Toilet papered, forked and even corn dogged houses with her kids. Mary Jane would do anything for her friends and family. She had a heart of gold. She fought for children’s rights. Her door was always open for anyone who needed a hug, a shoulder, a talk, or a place to stay. Mary Jane loved life to its fullest. She taught her girls and everyone around her to enjoy life and love deeply. She ingrained in everyone she met they can accomplish anything. Nothing stopped her. On crutches she still hiked and camped. In a broken wheelchair she bounced over Italian cobblestones, jumped on busses, and made up her own language. She was all about making lasting memories and traditions with family and friends. Her friends and family meant everything to her. When she wasn’t with her grandkids, she was bragging about them to anyone who would listen. If you call her Mary Jane, Granny, Aunty Mary, Aunty Gram, Hebe Jane, Hyphen, or Mom, Mary Jane Pavlat-Yocom will be deeply missed. The world is a lot quieter and a little less colorful without her in it. She left lots of memories in everyone’s hearts and souls. Online condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers please donate to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital in Mary Jane Pavlat Yocom’s Memory.
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