Gladys Margaret (Yoder) Ringo


Gladys Margaret (Yoder) Ringo, 97, Shipshewana, died peacefully at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, September 11.
She was born February 27, 1922, in Shipshewana, to Lee L. and Lizzie (Schrock) Yoder.
On October 20, 1945 in Shipshewana, she married James T.H. Ringo. He passed away January 26, 2002. During their marriage they had lived in the Chicago and Shipshewana areas.
Surviving are daughter, Melody Stoddard; three grandsons, James T., Robert A. & John D. Stoddard; nine great-grandchildren and a number of foster children.
She was a homemaker and throughout her life she was always a very active member of church, often teaching Sunday School. She was active with Campus Crusade and International Students. She was an author, writing Shipshewana area news for two local newspapers and three books; two about Shore Mennonite Church and one about the Shipshewana area. She was an entrepreneur having run the family business, Melody Hill Resort at Stone Lake and managed real estate in Shipshewana area. She had a desire to become a nurse, which led her into becoming the caregiver for her family. She loved to travel and sing and was part of the Indiana Music Makers, with whom she often traveled abroad. She belonged to the Shipshewana Book Guild and the Shipshewana Historical Society. Gladys was loved by all walks of life and practiced what she preached.
Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14 and one hour prior to the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Sunday, September 15 at Shore Church, Shipshewana.
Services will be conducted by Duane Sharp.
Burial will be in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Shore Church
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Philip Hodson
Sep 14, 2019
Gladys and Jim was friends with my parents, Bill & Pat Hodson, at Jeffrey Manor Baptist Church near Chicago, in the 1950's. The Hodson family moved to Arizona in the late 1960's, but the Ringos and Hodsons stayed in touch, and saw each other a few times after that. We will always remember Gladys, and the huge joy that this diminutive woman brought to others. We are sorry that Gladys is now gone from this world, but grateful to the Lord, that he put her here for as long as He did.