Goshen News, Goshen, IN


April 27, 2012

Flossie Yoder

Dec. 3, 1913-April 26, 2012

GOSHEN — Flossie Yoder, 98, passed away early Thursday morning at Greencroft Goshen Health Care.

She was born Dec. 3, 1913 in North Lima, Ohio, the sixth child of Edwin C. and Mary Lehman and grew up among the apple orchards.  She joined the Columbiana Mennonite Church as a young girl and was a woman of strong faith all her life.

After graduating from North Lima High School, Flossie attended Goshen College where she earned a degree in education and met her husband, Paul E. Yoder.  She taught school in North Lima for a year-and-a-half before she and Paul were married May 28, 1939 and moved to Oregon.  Except for two years in Hesston, Kan., where Paul taught at Hesston College, Oregon was their home until the summer of 1966, when they and their family moved to Goshen.  

In Goshen, Flossie found two new anchors for her life, East Goshen Mennonite Church, where she was a member for nearly 46 years, and Clinton Christian School, where she taught first and second grades for nine years.  She also served on the Board of Directors for Bethany Christian High School in the late 1970s.

Flossie had a strong sense of Biblical justice and was always an advocate for those marginalized by poverty, racial discrimination, gender or lack of education.  For many years, she corrected lessons for a Bible course Gospel Echoes offered for prisoners.  She became a charter member of Amnesty International USA’s Women’s Action Council, “a select group of individuals dedicated to winning the struggle for women’s human rights the world over.”  Another of her great joys was leading a Bible study group for women in the East Goshen area.

Flossie was preceded in death by her husband, Paul and her five sisters, but is survived by her older brother, John C. Lehman, Goshen.  She is also survived by her six children, Perry B. (Elizabeth) Yoder, Ely, Minn., Janet S. (John) Yoder, Spokane, Wash., E. Charles (Brenda) Yoder, Eugene, Ore., Jared B. (Ruth) Yoder, Goshen, Jonathan P. (Joyce) Yoder, Salem, Ore., and Mary A. (Chuck) Garber, Corvallis, Mont.  She also leaves behind 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at East Goshen Mennonite Church where an 11 a.m. memorial service will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to East Goshen Mennonite Church.

Online condolences may be sent to www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

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