Polly E. Miller Yoder, 90, Goshen, died Friday, May 26, at Greencroft Gables Health Care, Goshen. She had resided at Greencroft Central Retirement Center since January 2015.
She was born Aug.10, 1926, in Elkhart County, to Elmer T. and Anna Miller of Goshen.
She married Henry M. Yoder Jan. 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 Florida. She declared Jesus as her personal Savior in 1955.
She is survived by her children, Wilbur Devon (Delilah) Yoder, Hutchinson, Kansas, Alvin Jay (Rose Mary) Yoder, Salem, Carolyn (Norman) Miller, Middlebury, Anna Belle (Frank) Herbes and Kathryn (Wilbur) Beachy, both of Millersburg, and Henry Jr. (Fern) Yoder, Bristol; 20 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 43 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 Dec. 9, 2011. Her youngest daughter, Ruth Elaine, preceded her in death at the age of 9 months, as a result of a fatal car accident in November 1959 that left Polly with 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 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 29, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury.
There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service Tuesday May 30, at Griner Mennonite Church, Middlebury.
Burial will be at Griner Cemetery, Middlebury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Gospel Echoes.
To offer online condolences, visit millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 26, 2017