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Alice Yoder


April 17, 2019

Aug. 24, 1926 – April 7, 2019

Alice Rebecca Yoder, 92, of Sweet Home died Sunday, April 7, 2019.

She  was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Denbigh, Va. to Asa and Rebecca (Shenk) Hertzler. Her childhood years were spent in Virginia and Florida. At age 11 she made a public commitment to Christ and was baptized. In 1945 she graduated from Eastern Mennonite School in Virginia. 

She married Robert H. Yoder on Dec. 19, 1948. She was a homemaker and mother of five children. She served alongside her husband, a pastor, in various small churches. They had many adventures while living in six different states: Oregon, Virginia, New Mexico, Kansas, Mississippi and California. 

They settled back in Oregon in 1975. 

Mrs. Yoder delighted in flowers, poetry and music, especially family singing together. She published a book of her poems entitled "Loveliest to Me." She befriended the children of the neighborhood, and was a strong woman, who twice survived cancer.

She is survived by her five children: Lester and daughter-in-law Joy Yoder of Lebanon, Lorraine Ostrom of Portland, Rebecca and son-in-law Don Van Speybrock of Albany, Matthew Yoder of Albany and Michael Yoder of Portland;  10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, John Asa Hertzler and David Hertzler, both of Virginia.   

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2004.

A memorial service is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Providence Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 35787 Richardson Gap Road, Scio.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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