Retha was a homemaker, and especially enjoyed her gardening, flowers, and entertaining guests. Retha made many friends in her years of service in Mountain View Nursing Home, Virginia, and the Luz Y Esperanza Clinic in Paraguay. Her love for the Lord was often expressed through her joyful singing.
On March 12, 1994, she married Freeman Yoder from Kansas in Goshen, Indiana. After living in Indiana for eight years, Freeman and Retha moved to Kansas, on a farm east of Arlington.
Retha is survived by: her husband, Freeman; daughter, Kayla; two sons, Douglas (fiancée, Tammy Headings), and Joshua, all of the home; four siblings, Barbara (Maynard) Miller, Millersburg, Indiana, Dave (Ruth) Wickey, LaGrange, Indiana, Suetta (David) Beachy, Middlebury, Indiana, Vernon (Yvette) Wickey, Hutchinson, Kansas; seven nieces; and six nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; stepmother, Viola (Mast) Wickey; sister, Irene; and one niece.Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2019, at Arlington Amish Mennonite Church, 15611 W. Arlington Road, Arlington. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Arlington Amish Mennonite Church, to benefit their ‘Local Needs Fund’, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.