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Yolanda Charene Bivins

December 09, 1968 - May 06, 2017

Yolanda Charene Bivins (nee Cooper), age 48, a resident of Naperville, IL since 2013, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at her home after a long illness. She was born December 9, 1968 in Chicago. 

Beloved wife of Kentavius "Ken" Bivins, whom she married April 4, 2008, loving mother of Kentavius "Kenny" Bivins, devoted daughter of Charlie May (nee Green) Cooper and the late Alonzo Cooper, Jr., dear sister of Kimberly Cooper and Alonzo Cooper, both of Chicago, dear niece of Evelyn (the late Arthur) Berry of Chicago and Rosie (Tom) Bacchus of Voorhees, NJ, adored friend of many, including Leslie (Kevin) Dyra, Linda (Emmanuel) Robert, Sumi Arun, the Campbell family and the Shanklin family, special aunt of Camisha, Morgan, Marnell and Alonna, fond cousin of many, including Earl Jones and Rhonda and Russell Platt.

Yolanda grew up in Chicago, attended Louis Armstrong Elementary School, and was a 1986 graduate of Steinmetz High School. After high school, Yolanda served in the U.S. Army from 1986-1990 and was proud of her designation as a sharpshooter. She received a BS in Nursing and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and worked as a nurse and healthcare administrator for many years, most recently at Quintiles, Inc., a pharmaceutical company located in Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ. Yolanda will be most remembered as a loving mother, wife, daughter and sister.

Funeral Information

Visitation Thursday, May 11, 2017, 3:00-8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville.

Additional Visitation Friday, May 12, 9:00-10:00 AM at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1101 Manchester Ave., Westchester, IL 60154,  (708) 345-1375,

Funeral Services will follow Friday, 10:00 AM in the church with Rev. Chris Castaldo officiating.

Interment: Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery, Hillside, IL.

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Naperville Christian Academy, 1451 Raymond Drive, Suite 200, Naperville, IL 60563, (630) 637-9622,

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