Aug. 17, 1926-July 26, 2014
Kathryn Arleah Yoder, 87, Minot, died on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in her home.
Kathryn was born on Aug. 17, 1926, in Brutus, Mich., to Amos and Elsie (Brubacher) Gregory. She was raised on the family farm in Michigan and was the oldest of eight children. She finished her high school education in Hesston, Kan., and graduated from Hesston College Academy in 1948.
As a young adult, Kathryn taught at rural schools near Woodland, Mich., from 1950 until 1952 and at Boyne City, Mich. During this time she took correspondence courses through Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., and in 1953 she received her bachelor of science degree in education.
Kathryn married John Yoder on June 12, 1955, in Petoskey, Mich. They made their home on a farm south of Surrey, where she helped with the family farm and they raised their three children: Gregory, Pamela and Carol. Kathryn still managed to keep her credentials as a teacher by substituting in the Minot and Surrey School districts. They retired from farming in 1989 and moved to Minot. John died on Nov. 2, 2005.
Kathryn was a former member of Fairview Mennonite Church in Surrey, where she taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years, and was a member of the Women’s Missionary Service Auxiliary. Later she became a member of Prairie Peace Fellowship Church where she served on the church council. Currently, she was attending the Bible Fellowship Church in Minot. Also, she served as a volunteer for the Minot Adult Literacy Program and at ManorCare Health Services. Kathryn enjoyed sewing, reading, gardening and quilting in her spare time.
Kathryn’s loving family includes: children, Pamela (Marvin) Metzler, Gilman, Wis., and Carol (Bob) Timm, Minot; daughter-in-law, Pam (Cal) Arndt of Mandan; sisters, Jean (Kenneth) Michael, Elkhart, Ind., Ila (Bill) Gregory of Pellston, Mich., Ruth (Fred) Yoder of Harbor Springs, Mich., and Bernice (Alvin) Dick, Mountain Lake, Minn.; brothers, LeRoy (Ruth) Gregory of Brutus, Mich., and Gerald (Betty) Gregory, Beaver Falls, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Mandy (Todd) Fenner, John Yoder, Clover (Bob) Mabie, Clinton Metzler, Kathryn (Grant) Lehman, Tina Timm and Timmothy Timm; great-grandchildren, Mikenna, Amilia and Martin Fenner, Gavyn Yoder, Harley, Ambernette, Ezekiel Mabie and Penelope Lehman; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Kathryn was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, John; brother, Wilmer; and son, Gregory.
Celebration of the Life of Kathryn Yoder: Wednesday, July 30, at 2:30 p.m. in the Bible Fellowship Church, Minot.
Interment: Fairview Cemetery, rural Surrey.
Visitation: Today, Tuesday, from 2 to 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to Mennonite Disaster Services or the Mennonite Central Committee.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).