Yvonne Cardwell–One of Bingham’s Greats (1943-2020)

Yvonne Cardwell was one of Bingham’s great counselors and teachers.  Throughout her life she has rendered outstanding service to Bingham High and the Bingham High Alumni Foundation.  She established a scholarship in her name that has helped, and will continue to help numerous BHS students continue their education.  She will be greatly missed, but her kindness, generosity, ever-present smile and genuine love for others will always be remembered.
For her outstanding contributions to Bingham High she was awarded the Candlelight Service Award in 2007.  Her accomplishments are summarized as follows and are engraved on a plaque which will be permanently displayed in the main hall at Bingham High School:


 Counselor at Bingham High (1978-2001)

Coordinating counselor for the Jordan School District Teen Mother Program

Bingham High School’s first Miner Mascot (1958)

Home Economics teacher for 5 years

Counselor at Mt. Jordan Junior High (1970-1978)

During her career as a teacher and counselor she made it her goal to: help students graduate from high school, help students plan and prepare for post high school training and the world of work and teach students problem solving skills

Summary of contributions:

In September of 1958, Yvonne was delighted to be a sophomore at Bingham High School. She was a Minerette all three years of high school and in her senior year, she served as the Vice-President of the Minerette Club.
In her sophomore year, she became the first Miner Mascot. While attending Bingham High School, she participated in sewing contests and won several awards for her clothing construction. She was also in two plays and went to the Jordan District competition with two dramatic readings.
Encouraged by her parents’ strong belief in education, Yvonne was personally and professionally committed to it. She graduated in 1961 from Bingham High School and then went on to Utah State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics in 1965. She taught Home Economics for 5 years at many different schools around the state.
She became a guidance counselor at Mount Jordan Junior High and earned her Master of Science Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah in 1973. She was a counselor at Mount Jordan for eight years. She then transferred to Bingham High School where she was a guidance counselor for 23 years. During those years, she had three goals:
1. Help students graduate from high school
2. Help students plan and prepare for post high school training and the world of work
3. Teach students problem solving skills
During her second year as guidance counselor at Bingham High School, she was asked to become the counselor/coordinator for the Jordan District Teen Mother Program, which was housed at Bingham High. She had the same three goals for the Teen Mother Program that she had for all Bingham High School students.
It has been very rewarding for her to see the Bingham High and Teen Mother students succeed. She hopes that she played a small role in their success. Congratulations go to Miss Cardwell for her outstanding service to Bingham High School.


Yvonne Cardwell
April 30, 1943 – September 07, 2020
Yvonne Joy Cardwell returned home on September 7, 2020. She was born on April 30, 1943 to Bob and Joy Cardwell and was the oldest of 4 daughters. She lived in Riverton, Utah her entire life and most of it on 3600 West on her family’s farm. While living there she gained her love for horses. She started riding at two years old and continued throughout adulthood. She was a proud member of the all womens Silver Spurs riding club, where she was a club officer.
In 1961, she graduated from Bingham High school in Copperton, Utah. During her high school years, she was a Minerette, was in the drama program and was the first Miner Mascot.
Yvonne was committed to education personally and professionally. She was encouraged by her parent’s strong belief in education. She attended Utah State University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home economics and continued to earn a Master of Science degree in Education Psychology from the University of Utah. She taught Home Economics and then became a High School Counselor at Bingham High School. She had much success as a counselor and enjoyed helping students graduate and achieve their goals. For many years she also taught the Teen Mother Program for the Jordan School District. After 30 years in education she retired.
Yvonne enjoyed traveling the world, camping, fishing, and her boat which she pulled with her impala convertible. She enjoyed going to the Shakespeare Festival each year and to the Hale Theatre plays and many other activities with her friends.
Yvonne was a beautiful seamstress. She won several competitions in high school for her skills. She made clothes for her nieces when they were young. She also sewed many wedding dresses, blessing and baptism dresses, school dance dresses, trek clothes and the list can go on and on.
She also enjoyed all types of hand work and quilting. She made hundreds of quilts and wall hangings. She displayed them proudly in her home and shared them with many. Not only did she love to display her quilts, but also her Christmas Tree collection. Every year they were taken out over Thanksgiving and were enjoyed throughout the Christmas season. Young and old would come to see all the trees and experience the collection. It was a fun tradition for all of the family to be involved with, helping with the trees and also adding to her collection.
She was as member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in several callings, Young Women President, Stake Young Women Counselors, Road Show Director, Relief Society Teacher, and Sunday School Trainer. She loved the missionaries and always supported them.
As a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, she loved volunteering at the museum in Salt Lake and meeting monthly with the other members.
Yvonne is survived by her aunt Annie Joy Shinsel and her sister Rochelle Larsen (Ron). Her brothers in law Glen Oakeson and David Anderson. 10 nieces and nephews: Monica Figgins (Eric), Curt Oakeson (Michelle), Krishell Wolfgramm (Emil), Elissa Etherington (Clark), Stacey Sessions (Ben), Ronda Bristol (Jeramy), Eric Anderson (Heather), Hans Anderson (Piper), Rodney Larsen (Heather), Hilary Stewart (Matt). 43 ½ great nieces and nephews and 3 great great nephews and niece and many Simper and Cardwell cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Moana Oakeson and Bobette Anderson and one nephew Blake Ronald Larsen.
A gathering will be held for family and friends on Friday September 11, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Broomhead Funeral Home, 12600 South 2200 West, Riverton, Utah. A private funeral will be held on September 12, 2020