Maxine Joyce Yoder, 97, of Topeka, Indiana went home to Heaven at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Lagrange Miller’s Merry Manor.
She was born March 15, 1924 in Noble County to Eldon and Maude (Hostetler) Yoder. On June 13, 1943 she married Willard O. Yoder at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Topeka.
She is survived by her children, Richard (Sharon) Yoder of Topeka, Elaine (Sam) Miller of Nappanee, and Gary (Carol) Yoder of San Luis Obispo, CA; 6 grandchildren; Ryan(Erika), Russ (Allyse), Megan (Christion) Richert, Katelyn (Andy) Blair, Brian, Angela (Christian) Parra; 13 great-grandchildren; Luke, Ty, Macy, Will, Brady, Kylie, Kloie, Bryce, Baron, Everett, Westley, Eden and Peter; a sister, Marcile Mehl of Milford; brothers, Merle (Sue) Yoder of Elkhart and Meredith (Eloise) Yoder of Archbold, OH; sisters-in-law, Joann Yoder of Topeka, Gladys Yoder of Elkhart, and Marlene Yoder of Middlebury.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Marion, Maurice, Mervin, and Mylin Yoder, and sisters Marie Gonser and Mildred Yoder.
Maxine was a homemaker who faithfully worked alongside her husband on the Yoder family farm. She was devoted to her family and faith family at Emma Church, where she was a member. Maxine had a heart for service and served her Lord through many opportunities of ministry in her church and community. Her legacy of faith, beauty and love will forever be reflected in the hearts of those who knew her.
Acknowledgement and gratitude are given to those who serve faithfully at Lagrange Miller’s Merry Manor and Parkview Hospice for their compassionate care of Maxine.
A private burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Topeka. A public memorial will be planned later for this coming summer for Maxine and her husband Willard, who passed April 5, 2020. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home of Middlebury is assisting with arrangements. Memorials may be given to Child Evangelism Ministries, 14655 State Road 120, Bristol, IN 46507.
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