Mrs. Wyvonne Yaws Putman passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Corsicana at age 90. A resident of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, she had previously resided in Navarro Mills since 1963, living on family land dating back to 1870.
She was born on October 10, 1926 in Stamford, Texas to Sudie Mae and Fred Yaws. She graduated from Stamford High School in 1944 and from Scoggins Beauty Academy in Abilene in 1946.
She married Wendell Wayne Putman on September 27, 1947 in Haskell, Texas. They resided in Stamford several years where she operated a hair salon.
In 1963, she and her family moved to Navarro County where her husband had grown up and built a home on family land. For a time, she operated a hair salon in Purdon. Then, she became very interested in Navarro County history and was hired as the first Director and Curator for Pioneer Village when the position was created by the City of Corsicana in 1972. In addition, she became the first Executive Secretary of the Navarro County Historical Society.
Over the next 26 years, she conducted many hundreds of tours for school children and other visitors at Pioneer Village. Under her direction, 7 volumes of history were published and over 100 Texas Historical Markers were placed in Navarro County. And, she chaired the Navarro County Historical Commission from 1998 through 2002.
After retirement from the City of Corsicana in 1998, she still remained active in the Navarro County Historical Society and worked one day a week at the Corsicana Senior Citizen Center. When she was at home, she enjoyed her visits from her beloved grandchildren, Elliott and Erin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; the love of her life, Wendell and her siblings, sisters, Colleen Pickett and Lois Wills and brothers, Wayne and Charles Yaws.
She is survived by her daughter, Patrice Putman Flint and husband Robert of Wylie; son, Wendell Wayne Putman, Jr. and wife Jennifer of Corsicana; grandson, Elliott Flint of Huntsville; granddaughter, Erin Lea Abay and husband Mike of Corsicana; nephews, Don Wills and wife Irene of Ft. Worth and Chuck Yaws of Hobbs, New Mexico; nieces, Lisa Pickett Pierson of Phoenix, Susan Humphreys of Midland and Donna Allbritten and husband Steve of Murphy, and various nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Flint, Elliott Flint, Sherman Putman, Eddy Putman, Steve Allbritten and Don Wills. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mike Abay and Jerry Jordan.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Navarro County Historical Society in Mrs. Putman's honor. The family would also like to thank the staff at heritage Oaks Retirement Village, Bethany and Kindred Home Health care, Family First Hospice and Dr. Kent E. Rogers for taking such great care of her.
An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Wyvonne Yaws Putman obituary.
Published on May 30, 2017