Yoni Larell Clarkson was born on July 8th 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri to Rickey Lee Kinsey Sr. and Linda Trenece Clarkson. She was the only girl from both parents. She attended school in the Kansas City school district and graduated in 1994 from Westport High School.
Yoni accepted Christ at an early age and was a lifelong member of the Deliverance Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder Wilbur Smith. Yoni sang in the choir and was a faithful member until her health failed.
Yoni began working at the tender age of 13. She changed her age on her birth certificate to start working at World’s of Fun as a grounds keeper. She went on to serve in many positions here before moving careers to McDonald’s on Prospect and then to Trinity Hospital in 1992 where she served in the housekeeping department.
In 1995, while working at the Cedar Valley Nursing Home, Yoni received her CNA license that she would hold for the next 20 years until her health failed. Yoni was a CNA for Carestaff’s Private Duty, St Joseph Medical Center, and then Finally at North Kansas City Hospital where she worked on the Rehab unit. Yoni was a very hard worker and did not mind working to afford the finer things in life for her and her children.
Yoni had her first child Donnya’ Guy, who passed away prematurely in 1995. She welcomed her first son, Hevonte’ Legall Clarkson-Robinson to the world in 1997. He would later be followed by her baby, Travonte’ Lavell Robinson in 1999. Yoni was a great mother to her two boys. There was absolutely nothing they had a want for. If Yoni could work for it, they had it. She was an excellent provider raising them with the help of her mother and her brothers.
Yoni was a member of the Fearless Felines Social Club in Kansas City. She enjoyed traveling to the different Round Ups all over the United States.
Yoni took great pride in being the Aunt to so many nieces and nephews. She had a special bond with each one and was always there as a listening ear or for whatever need they may have had. This love was enhanced with her grandchildren who were her world. Yoni loved being a grandmother and was affectionately known to Dax and Harrison as their “YaYa”. She spoiled them with hugs, kisses, and every piece of clothing, shoes, and toy she could find.
Yoni had many great interest including watching the “Stories” on the television with her mother, traveling highways to see family, thrift shopping, trying new recipes, and enjoying her grandchildren who she adored. She also looked forward to putting up her Christmas tree with both her sons as a tradition each year. Although she went blind in 2016,It didn’t stop her from being independent and still enjoying life. She STILL could make a mean pot of collard greens!
Yoni was preceded in death by both parents, Rickey Kinsey Sr. And Linda Clarkson. One daughter, Donnya’ Guy. 3 nephews, Dominic Clarkson Jr, Dametrius Clarkson, and Dominic Clarkson III. 1 great niece, Bayleigh Maples. Grandparents, Robert A. Clarkson Sr, Jean Marie Allen, Morgan Kinsey Jr, and Pearline Kinsey. Many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
She leaves to honor and cherish her legacy: 2 sons, Hevonte Clarkson-Robinson and Travonte Robinson both of Kansas City, Mo. 2 grandchildren, Dax Williams and Harrison Robinson of Kansas City, Mo. 5 brothers, Tony Clarkson Sr., Dominic Clarkson Sr.,and Robert Clarkson IIII, all of Kansas City, MO. Rickey L. Kinsey Jr. of Kansas City, KS, and Jeremy Kinsey and wife Briana of Houston, TX. Step mother Sharon Ford (Ronald) of Grandview Missouri. Special Sisters Shenell Hill, Juanita Lovings, and Naoma Riley-Hall. 15 Nephews, 7 nieces with one on the way, several aunts, uncles, cousin, and a multitude of friends who will miss her so much.
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