Obituary: Yolanda Gaynes, 91

Obituary: Yolanda Gaynes, 91

Yolanda Gaynes, daughter of Rose and Louis Diamond, died Friday, April 22, 2016, in Atlanta at the age of 91.

She was born and raised in Newark, N.J., and graduated from Weequahic High School. Yola married Abe Gaynes on Feb. 10, 1946, after meeting at the Jersey shore. They raised their family in Millburn, N.J., where they lived for 35 years.

Yola was a loving mother and devoted friend. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah and ORT. Yola had many hobbies but especially loved tennis, which she played for 50 years.

Yola and Abe retired to Boca Raton, Fla., in 1985, then moved to Delray Beach, Fla. They continued to enjoy a life filled with travel and tennis. In 2009 Yola and Abe moved to Atlanta to live near family.

Yola is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Abe, to whom she was endlessly devoted. She is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Shelley Gaynes, and their children, Jonathan, Melanie and Carley Gaynes, and by her daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Richard Gelfond, and their daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Adam Lowy and Wendy and Gary Strauss. Yola also had five great-grandchildren: Ryan and Devin Lowy and Gabby, Julia and Maci Strauss.

Sign the online guestbook at Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Weinstein Hospice, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Hadassah or the charity of your choice. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, April 25, at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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