August 10, 1926 ~ May 26, 2017
Polly E. Miller Yoder, 90, of Goshen, died on Friday, May 26, at Greencroft
Gables Health Care, Goshen. She had resided at Greencroft Central
Retirement Center since January 2015. She was born on August 10, 1926,
in Elkhart County, to Elmer T. and Anna Miller of Goshen. She married
Henry M. Yoder on January 23, 1945, at the age of 18 and they had seven
children. They were married 66 years. They lived in Topeka, Goshen and
Middlebury; and in the later years they spent their winters in Sarasota FL.
She declared Jesus as her personal Savior in 1955. She is survived by her
children: Wilbur Devon (Delilah) Yoder of Hutchinson, KS, Alvin Jay (Rose
Mary) Yoder of Salem, Carolyn (Norman) Miller of Middlebury, Anna Belle
(Frank) Herbes and Kathryn (Wilbur) Beachy both of Millersburg, Henry Jr.
(Fern) Yoder of Bristol, twenty grandchildren, three step-grandchildren,
forty three great-grandchildren, six step great-grandchildren, brother and
sisters, Viola Beachy, Alvin Miller, Katie Schlabach and Ida Mae Troyer. Her
husband Henry M. Yoder died on December 9, 2011. Her youngest
daughter, Ruth Elaine, 9 months old preceded her in death as a result of a
fatal car accident in November of 1959 in which Polly had a broken neck,
back and paralyzed arm. She pleaded with God to heal her arm and she
would never complain again about her pain. She kept her promise to not
complain, in spite of the aching pain in her arm that remained since 1959.
Her parents, sisters Laura Kuhns and LeAnna Bontrager and brother Larry
Miller also preceded her in death. Polly Miller was a homemaker with
seven children. She became a Pastor’s wife at Pleasant Grove
Conservative Mennonite Church in 1962. She served many Sunday dinners
to her church friends. She loved gardening and tending to her flowers. She
hosted many of our three day family reunions. She loved to make up skits
for our family times. She worked hard and yet took time to play softball and
play games with her children. On our birthdays, she always served us our
favorite meal and a birthday cake. It was important to her that the family
“all” got invited to any family event. She served the church as a Sunday
school teacher and as a Volunteer Bible Study Grader for Gospel Echoes.
Her love was felt by her children and their spouses, her grandchildren and
her church family. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 7:00 pm on Monday May 29,
at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. There
will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:00 am funeral service on
Tuesday May 30, at Griner Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Burial will be in
Griner Cemetery, Middlebury. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to
the Gospel Echoes.
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We were so sorry to hear of your Mom and Grandmas passing. She was so
dear and always had the sweetest smile. We enjoyed the short time we got
to live in her and Henrys basement when we were with Gospel Echoes
Team. May Jesus hold you all in his strong arms as he is now holding your
precious Mom and Grandma.
Randy and Jana Martin
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Polly was the sweetest lady! Always positive with life. She will be missed.
From: Ray and Joan
Polly E. Yoder