Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Elaine Yoder, 94, a resident of Windsor Park in Carol Stream, Ill., died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Windsor’s Johnson Health Care Center in Carol Stream, Ill.
She was born Jan. 5, 1919, at home near Urbana.
Elaine grew up on several farms just outside Urbana. As a young girl she attended the Kingscreek Baptist Church. When she was in high school she was on the county championship Salem High School women’s basketball team in Kingscreek. Subsequently, women’s basketball was discontinued in Ohio for years.
After graduating from high school in 1937, she attended Miami-Jacobs College and received a “higher accountancy” degree in 1938.
Before marrying Roy Eldon Yoder in 1941, she worked for the Ohio Farm Bureau Insurance Company in Columbus. She then worked for the General Motors Acceptance Corporation which is Ally Bank today.
After 1950, she and Roy started the family business: the Yoder Farm Equipment Co. Through the years, all of Elaine’s children remember working at various tasks within the company. They retired in 1978 and sold the business.
After retirement, she enjoyed traveling with Roy, visiting her family, caring for her mother and spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After Roy died, she moved into Windsor Park in Carol Stream, Ill.
She is survived by three children, Keith (Arleen) Yoder of Wheaton, Ill., Bruce (Earlina) Yoder of Wake Forest, N.C., and Karen (Maurice) Clark of Woodville; six grandchildren, John (Suzanne) Yoder, Christine (Flavio) Escareno, Kyle (Soma) Yoder, Kerri (Bryan) Hubbard, Laura (Eric) deWeber and Nathan (Abby) Clark; 16 great-grandchildren, Caleb, Annika, Ethan, Gabriel, Arabela, Aaron, Alexia, Aksel, Blake, Kyle, Blaine, Lydia, Clark, Isabelle, Judah and Vera; her sister-in-law, Roselle Kauffman; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Roy and two brothers, Paul and Samuel Warye.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. until a funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., in Wheaton, Ill. Interment is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the Kupples Klass at the Wheaton Evangelical Free Church, 520 E. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL 60187.