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Joan C. (Watkins) Yoder

December 22, 1930 ~ July 29, 2021 (age 90)

Obituary Notice

Early Thursday morning, July 29, 2021, Joan C. Yoder, 90, of Arnot, PA took a heavenly walk with our Lord down a path to no more pain with loving family at her side.  Born December 22, 1930 in Philadelphia a daughter to the late Harry and Edna (Keagle) Watkins.

She married the love of her life, Leslie “Ray” Yoder on Oct. 11, 1952.  Together they raised six children and shared 66 years of marriage until Ray’s passing on October 13, 2018. Joan worked at the Ward Foundry in Blossburg and later for Canford Manufacturing in Canton until retiring in 1981. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Liberty and the Arnot Sportsman’s Club.

Joan was a talented cook and baker that truly enjoyed providing for her family. She treasured anytime shared with them playing bingo, jigsaw puzzling, crocheting, working on ceramics and especially the many family gatherings.

Besides her parents and husband Ray, Joan was predeceased by a son Leslie Ray Yoder II on July 1, 2007, siblings; Mary Arlidge, Shirley Ogden, Thomas, Charles and Harry Watkins.

Surviving her are five children; Sonja (Bill) Yeager of Wellsboro, Brenda (Herb) Gerow, Rick Yoder and Lonnie Yoder all of Arnot, Lennie (Mandy) Yoder of Liberty, daughter-in-law, Jan Yoder of Taylor, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no public services.  Consider a memorial in Mrs. Yoder’s name to the Salem Lutheran Church, 3536 Nauvoo Rd. Liberty, PA 16930.

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