Marla June (Sather) Yoder, the daughter of Marlin and Arla (Hanson) Sather, was born in the rural Rugby home of her parents on June 16, 1938. She died at the age of 75 on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Southview Estates Assisted Living in Rugby.
Marla was reared in the homes of her parents, first a few miles southeast of Rugby and then moving to a farm in Spring Lake Township, where she attended Spruce Hill #2 country school near her home. Following her father's death, the family moved to Wolford, where she completed her education, graduating salutatorian of the Wolford High School class of 1956. While growing up on the farm, she had a great passion for horses and going to horse shows.
On Dec. 16, 1956, she was united in marriage to Edwin Yoder in a double wedding ceremony the couple shared with her mother, Arla Sather, and Harvey Yoder in Wolford. The couple made their home and raised their family in Rugby. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, Marla enjoyed cross-stitching, crocheting, gardening, decorating for the holidays, going for rides in the country to see the crocus bloom, camping, travel, fishing, dancing, playing musical instruments and most of all, spending time with her children and grandchildren. For the past five years, she has been under the loving and compassionate care of LaDonna Salmonson and staff at Southview Estates.
Marla is survived by: her husband of 57 years, Edwin, of Rugby; her children, Marcy (Douglas) Smith, of Minot, Michael (Patti), of Devils Lake, Mark (Marilyn), of Rugby, and Mickolette "Mickey" (Kent) Jaeger, of Minot; five grandchildren, Dustin (Nichole) Yoder, Nathan (Amanda) Yoder, Austin Yoder, Gage and Ridge Jaeger; four great-grandchildren, Monica, Brandie June, Hadley Marla and Tyson Yoder; a brother-in-law, Dave Fought, of Indiana; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather; one brother, Boyd; and two sisters, Opal Mundahl and Bonnie Fought.
Funeral Services: Will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby, with spring burial in Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby. Pastor Dana Holter will officiate.
Visitation: Today, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a time of prayer and sharing of memories starting at 7 p.m. in Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.
Reviewal will be held in the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the time of services.
Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).