Jean Yvonne Yunker Bard

Jean Bard, 91, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on June 9, 2020.

Jean was born in 1929 in Wauwatosa Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Edna and John Yunker. Jean graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1952. While at UW, Jean met her future husband, George Bard. They were married in 1953.

Jean, George and family moved to Boone in 1972 from Manhattan Beach, CA. Jean was very active in the Girl Scouts as a leader as well as AFS (an international student exchange program) and the family hosted 2 exchange daughters. Jean founded the AFS program in Boone. Jean worked as a hospital dietician in both California and North Carolina. She developed and earned accreditation for the hospital dietician programs for the Watauga and Avery County area hospitals. Jean obtained her master’s in library science in 1979 from ASU.

Jean cherished her family, holidays and time spent together. Jean had a love of camping, traveling, gardening, music and reading. She had an inquisitive mind and developed a passion for genealogy. Jean was a long-time active member of ASU’s Senior Scholars and the Boone United Methodist Church.

Jean is survived by her husband of 67 years, George; her brother, John Yunker, (Lillian, Alabama); three children, Lynne (George) Hancock, Beaufort SC, Richard (Leslie) Bard, Chapel Hill, NC and Nancy (Roger) Bard-Nelson of Blowing Rock, NC; and her two AFS daughters, Dr. Karen Hindson (Germany) and Brigitte Lintner (Czech Republic).

Jean was the beloved Grandma, “Nana,” to Aaron Nelson (Boston, MA), Rachel Nelson (Blowing Rock, NC), Holly Bard (Greenville, SC), Melissa Bard (Los Angeles, CA) and George Hancock Jr. (Missoula, MT).

The Bard family would like to extend gratitude to the staff of Home Instead and Medi Home Hospice for the care and support provided.

A small private family service was held June 20, 2020. Donations can be made in Jeans memory to AFS at

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