PULLMAN, Wash.–Yvonne Page of Mount Vernon was named Mom of the
Year at Washington State University during the annual Mom’s Weekend
April 15. She was nominated for the award by her daughter, Melody, a WSU
freshman in elementary education.
Other finalists included Antonia Chavez, Sunnyside; Susan Oakes, Koloa,
Hawaii; and Christy Scammell, Spokane. A committee of WSU students and
faculty made the selection.
“My mother has incredible strength,” Melody Page wrote in her letter of
nomination. “No matter what the problem is, my mother always finds a way to
deal with it without even breaking a sweat.”
After her best friend moved away, Melody said, she began spending time with
the wrong crowd at school.
“She (Mom) didn’t ground me from my friends or do any of the other things
that a normal parent would do,” Melody said. “Instead, she simply asked me
out to breakfast one Sunday morning.”
The Sunday breakfasts became a tradition, and after awhile Melody returned to
the person she had been.
“Although I can’t remember what we talked about at all those breakfasts, I’ll
never forget them or how much they helped me,” she said.
The Mom of the Year, who works for the City of Arlington, earned a degree in
office administration at WSU in 1971. Since then, she has been an area director
for the United Way, taught Sunday school and founded Mount Vernon
Women in Business. She won 1995 Citizen of the Year for Mount Vernon, an
award recognizing the citizen who had done the most for the city.