Yvonne graduated school in Westfield at the age of 16. In November of 1938, she married her first husband, Richard Essex. They had four beautiful children together. After 56 years of marriage, Richard passed away. She then met her second husband, James Steep. On their honeymoon, they went white water rafting in Alaska. She was 79 at the time! Yvonne enjoys painting, needlework, making quilts and coloring. She is most proud of her four children, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Her best piece of advice for living a long life is, “Don’t let your brain know your age and always try to learn something new.”