Obituary — Yvette Dangtongdee |

Obituary — Yvette Dangtongdee


A celebration of life will take place Sept. 17 for Yvette Dangtongdee, who died Sept. 6, 2003, at the University of California Davis Medical Center. She was 41.

Mrs. Dangtongdee was born April 17, 1962, at Bakersfield, Calif., where she spent her youth. She had been a resident of South Lake Tahoe for the past two years. She made her career in both law enforcement and nursing for the past 20 years. She was committed to her work, as she was in her whole life, to helping others. She had a gift for making everyone around her laugh and be happy. She greeted everyone with a big hug, a bubbly hello and her radiant smile each time she saw them. She loved hosting parties, filling her home with her friends, where she would turn on the music and pull everyone up to dance with her. Dancing was one of her passions. She approached every day with a positive attitude that she shared with all. She appreciated her life, her family and friends, never taking for granted how precious each day is. Her greatest love and passion was for the God, the Lord Jesus Christ and her family.

She is survived by her husband, Boyd Dangtongdee of Zephyr Cove, Nev.; children, Bobby Morris of San Diego, Calif., and Adriana Campagna and Kody Dangtongdee, students at Zephyr Cove Elementary School; mother, Nelli Melendez of Bakersfield; brothers, Joe Melendez of Bakersfield, Moses Melendez of Sacramento, Calif., Rick Melendez of Newport Beach, Calif.; sisters, Gloria Rodriguez of Valencia, Calif., Elsa Melendez of Bakersfield, Laverne Sherwood of Ukiah, Calif., and Yvonne Sendejo of Bakersfield; many nieces and nephews and a world full of friends. She was predeceased by her father, Moses Melendez, and sisters, Lamar Leyva and Sylvia Bastardo.

Viewing has been scheduled between 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 and at 10 a.m. Sept. 12. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 12, all at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield. (661) 834-8820. In addition, a celebration of life will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Horizon Casino Resort Convention Center. Everyone is requested to wear festive colors and bring funny stories or memories of this very special woman and share them among family and friends.

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