Ruth Opal Yoder Nyce

Ruth Opal Yoder Nyce
Ruth Opal Yoder Nyce

Ruth Opal Yoder Nyce, 93, of Archbold, Ohio, died Dec. 10, 2020, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold. She was born March 21, 1927, in Louisville to Fred and Emma (Miller) Yoder.

She grew up in Louisville and graduated from Louisville High School in 1945. After high school, she attended Goshen College in Indiana, where she received a bachelor’s degree in music. She married Robert W. Nyce on Aug. 2, 1950, in Louisville.

After their marriage they moved to Pennsylvania, where Bob attended Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia. She taught music during this time in country schools and Blooming Glen High School. In July 1956 they moved to Fayette, where they lived for 50 years.

She was involved in the community, serving on the Opera House Board, performing in the Pretenders, and she was a member of the Fayette Woman’s Club. She was very supportive of “Doc Nyce’s” medical practice for 47 years.

Music was an important part of her life. She directed women’s choirs, mixed choirs, accompanied musicals at school and directed the bell choir at Zion Mennonite Church for 20 years, where she was a member. She accompanied many local soloists.

She enjoyed camping trips, cooking and entertaining. She spent time each summer with the “Lake Gang,” which included her good friends from Fayette.

Survivors include four children, Karen (Randy) Stuckey of West Unity, Richard (Eileen) Nyce of Pettisville, Susan (Kirk) Stiffney of Goshen, Ind., and Philip (Maribeth) Nyce of Jones, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Robert W. Nyce; a son, William Jay Nyce; and all her siblings, Orris, Ray, Mabel, Paul, Esther and Orville.

Private interment was at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

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