It is with great sadness I am posting what follows. Yvette began the Braving Life Photography Project one month before her own diagnosis with breast cancer. Her vision and inspiration for this project came about because of her great love for people. Capturing the spirit of the person and not the disease was her only goal.
As is often said, life sometimes imitates art. After a trip to the emergency room on November 18 for suspected gall bladder issues, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast cancer which traveled to her liver, bones, and abdomen. She passed away on November 26, 2017.
There are few words which can express the depth of the loss we are all feeling after this shocking and speedy turn of events. Actually, no words. Our family is grateful for the love and support which has been showered upon us and will spend everyday missing her and making choices which will honor her memory and continue to keep her alive in our hearts.
Her obituary follows. Feel free to share.
Yvette Waters was a joy and a gift. She was a strong, hilarious, gentle soul, with a foul-mouth and a sharp wit. She was a devoted wife and family member, an accomplished artist, brave warrior, and crusader for justice.
Those lucky enough to know her creative and fierce spirit know how much she loved dreaming, hoping, and looking for the beauty everywhere. The lens she viewed the world through is forever preserved in her art and photography and will serve as an inspiration and source of comfort in the difficult days ahead.
She was profoundly loved because she loved so profoundly and her kindness and generosity with her time, talent, and resources was limitless.
She is survived by her wife, Dawn Waters, her sisters Christine Hinton and Kristi McCardell, and sons, Murphy, Shane, and Andrew Sweeney and Richard SanFilippo.
Her last wishes were simple. Love each other more and absolutely no funeral. Her exact words were “I want a ****** party and everyone to dance.” As such, the celebration of her life will take place December 17, 2017 from 2-4 pm at The Venue, 511 Virginia Ave Orlando FL 32803.