Yvonne Pontoon was born on November 29, 1943, in Aiken, South Carolina to the late Arthur Pontoon Sr. and Mamie Simmons Pontoon. She was the ninth of twelve children.
At an early age, Yvonne joined Old Rosemary Missionary Baptist Church. She was educated in the public school system of South Carolina, where she excelled in sports. As she continued to engage in activities that were physical in nature, Yvonne earned the distinction of “Tomboy.” Putting on hold her childhood ambition of becoming a physical education teacher, she relocated to the fun city of New York to pursue a Modeling/Acting career.
Early in New York, Yvonne worked in various industries until she followed a life-long passion in Modeling, Acting, and Singing. To prepare herself for success in modeling, Yvonne attended the Ann Prince Studio, school of charm and poise for self- improvement. In 1965 she graduated with a certificate in charm and poise. During that time, Yvonne won first place in the “Miss Valentine Pageant 1965.” One of her most memorable accomplishments was in 1967, when she was selected as one of twelve calendar girls for the 1968 “JET” magazine issue titled “Black is Back.”
Yvonne’s modeling portfolio showed her love for being in front of a camera. Her energy, excitement, beauty, and smile were consistently highlighted in all her photos shoots. Yvonne’s success continued as she added to her acting credits appearances on the CBS television show “To Tell the Truth.”
Pursuing another interest, which was put on the back burner also, Yvonne gained certification as a Master International Tarot Reader. In this profession Yvonne traveled nationally and internationally, reading for celebrities, non-celebrities, and other tarot readers. She would advise her clients that she was not a psychic reader, spiritual adviser, nor fortune teller. . .. she was merely skilled at reading Tarot. In 1996, she appeared on “Tomorrow Tonight” television as “Mia”, World Master Tarot Card Reader.
Yvonne, known to many as “Auntie,” “Vonnie,” “Loonie,” or “Mia,” was an amazingly fun, vibrant, and generous woman who touched so many people’s lives. Her fun spirit radiated inside and out. She made her family laugh whenever she was around them. One would not know when she was angry, as her anger was laughable. Yvonne always took immense pleasure in the accomplishments of her nieces, nephews, and siblings. She was a unique and incredibly special woman and will be extremely missed.
She leaves to cherish her memories one brother Chris Edward Pontoon: two sisters Justine Sapp and Martha Pontoon Batey, eight nieces, eight nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, a host of other relatives as well as friends.
The following is the Zoom Information for services for Ms. Yvonne Pontoon
Meeting ID: 761 770 1065
Memorial Service will begin streaming
Wednesday, March 9th, 2022
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