Elizabeth M. Yoder, retired educator

November 01, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Elizabeth M. Yoder, a retired Baltimore County educator whose career spanned five decades, died of heart failure Oct. 24 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 93.

Elizabeth Merle Yoder was born and raised on her family's farm in Long Green.

She was a 1933 graduate of Towson High School and earned her bachelor's degree from the old State Normal School, now Towson University, in 1936.

Miss Yoder taught for 16 years at Upper Falls, Carroll Manor and Loch Raven elementary schools before becoming the first vice principal of Villa Cresta Elementary School in Parkville, which opened in 1952.

Miss Yoder spent the next 36 years there as vice principal until retiring in 1986.

Miss Yoder was a longtime Towson resident who enjoyed working in the flower garden of her Baltimore Avenue home.

"She was generous to a fault and loved teaching. She was a very helpful person who enjoyed helping others," said her niece, Joan E. Robinson of Towson.

Services were private.

Also surviving is a sister, Ruth Wilhide of Detour.

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