Yonette Elizabeth Gilford, 59, was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and granddaughter. Yonette fought a good fight of faith and finished the course quietly in her sleep on Friday, September 24, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Yonette was born on October 21, 1961, to Alonzo and Constance Sancho in Guyana. She married her husband Prince "Winston" Gilford and they enjoyed each other for thirty-nine years where together they started their life and family. She began her professional career as a Teacher where she left an impactful impression on the students with whom she came into contact. Yonette had a huge heart and a yearning to serve in the medical field where through much hard work and dedication she acclaimed her dreams and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then went on to have careers as a Nurse Manager at Rikers Island in New York and then unto the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Texas. When she was not busy at work, Yonette enjoyed listening to her gospel music and praising and worshiping the Lord. She also loved cooking and travelling especially taking cruises. She will be greatly missed and will continue to be remembered forever and always in our hearts.
Yonette was preceded in death by her loving parents, Alonzo and Constance Sancho, her brother Claude "Kenny" Sancho and her sister Pamela Sancho.
Those left to honor and celebrate her memory are her devoted husband Prince "Winston" Gilford; her sons Dellon Gilford (Zandra Chambers), Kerron Gilford (Amanda Fry), and Triston Gilford; her grandchildren Diyandra Chambers, Tanasia Chambers, Khrystian Gilford and Kyrie Gilford. Her siblings, Everette Sancho, Yvette James (Allan James), Gwennette Archer, Orlette Sancho, Hamlet Sancho (Marcella Bizzell), Suzette Sancho and Monty Sancho. Nieces Abiola Prince (Ashton Prince), Dr. Danielle Sancho, Samantha Sancho, Alexis LaSoya (Tasha LaSoya); nephews Aaron Sancho, Willie Gray, Tevaughn "TJ" Gray, sister-in-law Karen Sancho and many more nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, relatives, co-workers, colleagues and a host of friends.