Lydia Ellen Yoder
                               November 14, 1936 -- January 5, 2015

Lydia Ellen Yoder, 78, of Middlebury, died at 2:45 am on Monday, January 5,
at Elkhart General Hospital. She had been in declining health with heart
complications. She was born on November 14, 1936 in Arthur, IL, to Henry
and Mary (Plank) Bontrager.  On October 27, 1955 in Arthur, IL she married
Stanley M. Yoder, he survives. Survivors in addition to her husband are two
daughters, Treva (John David) Yoder of Centreville, MI, Cheryl (George)
Peebles of Grand Rapids, MI; three sons, Gerald (Jane) Yoder of New Paris,
Earl Yoder of Hartley, TX, Allen (Julia) Yoder of Millersburg; 14
grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; and a sister, Anna (Edward) Yoder
of Kalona, IA.  She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son,
Phillip Yoder, three brothers, Edwin, Daniel and Levi Bontrager and two
great grandchildren. She was a homemaker, a very active member of New
Life Christian Center, loved children and enjoyed sewing and needlework.
Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 -8:00 pm Friday, January 9, at
New Life Christian Center, 15685 S.R. 120 Bristol. Funeral services will be at
10:00 am on Saturday January 10, also at the church. Services will be
conducted by her son-in-law, Pastor John David Yoder. Burial will be in
Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials may be given to The Gideons
International or New Life Christian Center.  

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George and Cheryl Peebles,
My Heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family on the loss of your
beautiful loving Mom.  May God grant you the peace and comfort during
these coming months.  May Mom rest peacefully amongst the Heavenly
From: Love, Hugs and Prayers!  Karen, Dave and Matt Wagner
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Sorry for your loss here on earth.  But wow the rejoicing she is doing in
Heaven with no more pain and suffering!  I believe she was welcomed home
with Jesus arms spread wide open waiting to give her a hug as she arrived
in heaven this morning!  And she was also able to see God as well.  I can see
her walking the shores of heaven and yelling down at you all telling you to
keep on the Jesus road cause what is here is so much then we could ever
imagine.  Keep going, keep fighting till you too get home to spent more day
with Lydia than apart from her cause heaven is forever and earth is just a
temporary home.  Blessings and hugs.  Praying for your family.
From: Gwen Mast
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To my cousin Stanley and his family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray for you and trust God to comfort
you at this time.  May your faith abound more and more in Christ Jesus
through your trials.
From: Annie (Miller) Caldwell
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Lydia was a special lady with a heart of gold and had  a special gift for
hospitality. Whenever we stopped by she always said "sit down and have a
cup of coffee and a cookie". Stanley, you and Lydia were great neighbors
and we miss you both. God bless you, your children and grandchildren
during this difficult time. We are in Floida for a few weeks but you are in our
thoughts and prayers.
From: Derald & Cindy Bontrager