Elva M. Yoder

Elva M. Yoder

Elva M. Yoder, 98, of Goshen, Ind., died Dec. 9, 2023, at Greencroft Healthcare. She was born May 26, 1925, in North Lima, Ohio, to William Ray and Emma (Horst) Yoder.

She was a 1943 graduate of North Lima Schools. In 1948 she began attending Winter Bible School, a six-week Bible course, in Canton, Ohio. She would attend each winter for five years. This led her to work for Mennonite Publishing House in Scottdale, Pa., primarily working with the Gospel Herald magazine. After 42 years of service, Elva retired and moved to the Greencroft Community in Goshen in 1994.

At Greencroft she remained active, completing over 9,000 hours of volunteer work. She enjoyed participating in activities and made many dear friends, both residents and staff alike. She was known for her kindness and dry sense of humor.

She is survived by cousins Amy and Kent VonGunten Clemens of Ellicott City, Md., Doug and Jolene VonGunten of Goshen, who also served as a “granddaughter” and caretaker, and Peter VonGunten and Melissa Longley of Niles, Mich.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Verna Irene Yoder, Ruth Eva Yoder and Elsie Viola Yoder; a brother, Robert Henry Yoder; and a cousin, Sara VonGunten.

A funeral service was held Dec. 21 at North Goshen Mennonite Church, where she was a member.

Memorial gifts may be directed to North Goshen Mennonite Church or Mennonite Mission Network.

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