September 14, 2018

Born in: Stockholm, Sweden,
Resided in: Biltmore Forest, North Carolina

Biltmore Forest - Yvonne Eriksson Day of Biltmore Forest died Friday, September 14, 2018 at her home. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, she was preceded in death by her parents, Ann Marie Borggren and Stig Eriksson. Yvonne was educated in Sweden and in the late 1960’s came to the United States for one year, and ended up staying and working in Washington, D.C. In 1971 she married her husband, Mack, and eventually moved with him to Asheville, NC and then to Lake Forest, IL, where they raised their family. When Mack retired from Akzo Nobel (formerly Akzona), they returned to Asheville to live. While in Lake Forest, Yvonne was an active member and President of the Junior Garden Club of Lake Forest, a member of the GCA Garden Club of Lake Forest, a member of The Coterie, a Lake Forest Literary Society, and a member of The Church of the Holy Spirit where she was the head of the Altar Guild for 18 years. She was also a member of the Holy Spirit Vestry. Upon her retirement to Asheville, she resumed her long time membership in Trinity Episcopal Church where she was both an active member of the Flower and Altar Guilds as well as numerous other committees of the Parish. She was also an active and devoted member of the French Broad River Garden Club. Her other activities focused on membership in Stockettes, a local investment club, and the Biltmore Forest Country Club. A special thanks to the staff of CarePartners Hospice for their service and care and to the Doctors at Blue Ridge Premier Medicine. Surviving are her husband, James Kent MacKendree (Mack) Day, and three sons, Jamie (wife Deirdre) of Boston, MA, Erik of Atlanta, GA and Scott of San Francisco, CA, and two grandchildren, Nina and Jack. She is also survived by her sister, Birgitta Liden, and four nieces and nephews living in Sweden. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Interment will follow in the Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Tuton Hall. Memorial Gifts may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, Courtyard Renovation Project, 60 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801, or to the Altar Guild of The Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 Westminister Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Mack, our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    Memories go back so many years of the joys of friendship with a beautiful, gracious, talented and mischievously funny lady who enriched the lives of all who knew her. I can hear her saying, ‘Oh, Mack!’ with a loving smile and a twinkle in her eye.
    We love you, Mack.
    Wendy and Harry Burns

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  2. Dear Mack and Family:

    We here in Virginia are devastated by this news. Our hearts and prayers are with you and yours. Let me know if there are any things I might help with.

    Love, Pete and Becky

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  3. Dear Mack you know how we feel. Completely devastated. Your loss is ours but we are delighted to have known Yvonne and shared many happy hours with her. Time is the physician of pain. In time you and your family will remember her warmth and generosity and find solace in her memory.

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  4. Dear Mack,
    We were so sorry to hear of Yvonne’s passing at church today. Sending our thoughts and prayers of condolence to you. She was a lovely and special lady and we were so privileged to be part of the same church family in Lake Forest.
    In faith and wishing you peace and comfort,

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  5. Our heartfelt sympathies to long-time friend Mack and his family on the death of his much beloved wife Yvonne. She was a wonderful person, and we count ourselves lucky to have known her. We will remember her with fondness always. We love you Mack.

    Johnny Lyons and Julie Townley

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  6. Dear Mack and family. Our sincerest condolences for your loss! Yvonne was an amazing person always quick
    With a beautiful smile and a laugh. We enjoyed our times together while you were our neighbors in Lake Forest . I hope you’re able to find peace during the incredibly difficult time Much love. Alison and Kurt Kohlmeyer

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  7. Mack,
    You are in hearts and in our thoughts at this difficult time. Yvonne was an amazing woman.
    Sending you our love,
    Your Asheville Symphony Family

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  8. Mack,

    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I enjoyed my visit with Yvonne a couple of years ago. Our prayers are with you and the family.

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  9. Dear Mack, We just learned of Yvonne’s passing and extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Yvonne was a wonderful, charming, warm and elegant woman. We haven’t seen you since you moved to Asheville, but I recall a culinary treat at your lovely home. Every detail was an expression of her style. You and Yvonne were such gracious hosts. She will be remembered by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  10. Dear Mack and Family, we just learned of Yvonne’s passing today. Yvonne always had a smile on her face and so kind. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family and please know we will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time. Love to you all!

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  11. Dear Mack — Maggie and I just learned of Yvonne’s passing this weekend from Neil Roberts. How terribly sad. We send you prayers and love in gratitude for her life and for strength and comfort in your and our sons’ lives.

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