E. Yvonne Harrell

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Elsie Yvonne Harrell (Danner) 71 of Columbus, Ohio passed early in the morning December 1st, 2022. She was born in Catawba County, NC but migrated to Ohio with her parents while very young, making their home in the Fly Town neighborhood just northwest of downtown Columbus.

Yvonne was a graduate of Central High School, the Ohio State University and the Judah School of Ministry all located in Columbus, OH. The family were longtime members of Rehoboth Temple Church where they were actively involved in many activities. Yvonne was part of several choirs including the Young People’s Choir, the New Life Gospel Singers and the Temple Choir which she eventually became the director of. Upon her passing, Yvonne was a long-time member of New Beginning Christian Center where Charles and Ann Leister were her pastors.

After attending college, Yvonne worked for Bank One and later American Electric Power where she enjoyed a long career in the financial forecasting department from which she eventually retired.

Yvonne was daughter to William and Laura Danner (d. 2000, 2019), wife of Louis Harrell (d. 2019), mother of Farrah and Laura Harrell, grandmother of Nala Harrell, Havalyn Freeman and Josiah Freeman and great-grandmother of Alana Russell and Alandro Pace who are left to mourn her along with a brother raised as son Braysean Danner and numerous other extended family members and friends.

Visitation 11:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Friday, December 16, 2022 at Rehoboth Temple Church of Christ, 1111 E Long Street. Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

Condolence Messages

  1. Alvis James Moore

    To the Harrell and Danner Families:
    My mind is filled with so many precious memories of Yvonne; so many.
    She and I started our singing ministry in the Temple Teens in 1964 and our piano lessons with the late Sis. Hazel Dean Garnes earlier probably around about 1961. We played for the Sunday Devotions every Sunday and we both had two songs apiece that we had to be ready to play. Yvonne was diligent and learned how to play classical music, anthems hymns and everything with the Temple/Senior Choir.
    When I was invited to compete in the American Song Writer’s Competition, I recruited talent from Rehoboth to help me. Yvonne was among those recruits. As a result of that, I formed the New Life Gospel Singers and GOD blessed our ministry to flourish.
    Among the songs that I wrote for Yvonne that stand out are “I Can Feel Your Love Coming Down” which we recorded in 1980, and “Salvation Is Free” which was always a concert favorite. She demonstrated for all of us that serving GOD and giving HIM her best was never something that had to be questioned. Her life and actions spoke louder than words.
    Now, she is in the presence of the ONE who began a good work in her. HE performed it and finished it through her, and now she abides forever with HIM.
    Family, I am praying for and with you.

    Sincerely in Christ,
    Alvis James Moore
    Director, Rehoboth Temple Music, and Arts Department
    Commissioner, Columbus Recreations and Parks

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