June 17, 1972 – January 26, 2016
Amy Michelle Ralphs Yako has once again gone onto another adventure, this time with her Heavenly Father. She passed away peacefully, after battling a long illness on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. She was surrounded by her loving family. Amy was the first of six children born in Provo, UT, to Robert and Nancy Ralphs. She grew up and graduated in American Falls. Throughout school, she loved participating in cheerleading, BPA, DECA, track, drama and National Honor Society.
At 19 she enlisted in the United States Army. She was assigned to numerous units including the 82nd Airborne Division. Her 22 years of service encompassed tours across the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Amy was serving at the Pentagon when it was attacked on 9/11. While serving in the military, she met and married the love of her life, James H. Yako, on Feb. 2, 1999. They have three children, Jessica, Ian and Kailyn. Together, they have traveled and seen the world with visits to England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, France, Czechoslovakia and many more. Amy was an amazing wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She has given all who knew her an example of compassion, kindness and true friendship. Her uplifting calming presence and laughter brought peace to all of those who came into contact with her. She leaves behind her best friend, eternal companion and husband James. Her son Ian, who she instilled confidence by her unending example of courage to stand up for what you believe in. Her daughters, Jessica and Kailyn, who she taught there are no limitations to what a woman can do. She is also survived by her parents Robert and Nancy Ralphs, her siblings Emily (Matt) Schvaneveldt, Charity (Troy) Trautner, Marci Ralphs Kearl, Melissa (Scott) Schwab and Jason (Cindy) Ralphs.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hill Country Stake Center, 31355 Stahl Ln, Bulverde, TX, 78163. Followed by a full military service at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.
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