EUREKA – Patricia Mae "Pat" Yordy, 85, died peacefully at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at her home in Eureka.
She was born May 27, 1932, in Eureka, the daughter of Frank Allen and Esther Mae Schertz Harnish. She married Maurice Yordy on June 19, 1954, in rural Eureka. He survives.
Other survivors include one brother, Robert (Ruth) Harnish, Eureka; one sister, Marjorie (Wayne) Guth, Eureka and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, David Harnish, and one sister, Suzanne Bishop.
Pat attended a one-room rural school, graduated from Eureka High School, received a bachelor’s degree in education from Goshen (Ind.) College and obtained a master’s degree in education from Illinois State Normal University. During her 30-year teaching career, Pat taught as several schools including Metamora Grade in Metamora, Davenport Elementary and Eureka Middle, both in Eureka. She taught homebound students and did some substitute teaching. Pat loved good music, as she played in the high school band and sang in college choirs for four years. She enjoyed concerts at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, played the piano and instructed students in her home at one time. Pat was a very active member of the East Peoria Mennonite Church, East Peoria for 40 years. While there, her roles included choir director, accompanist, Sunday school work, women's Bible study teacher and a member of various committees. She was also a very faithful support for her husband, who served as pastor for 23 years. After his retirement, he served an interim assignment at Bethel Mennonite Church in Pekin, where Pat was accompanist for congregational singing. Pat loved her family and the special occasions she shared with them were always meaningful. She respected her colleagues in the school system and appreciated the opportunity of observing student growth in the classroom. Pat always had a ready smile and seldom spoke in negative terms about others. She loved life, liked to travel and had a keen interest in antiques. Pat opened her home to seven young men in the 1960's in an Exchanged Visitors Program sponsored by the Mennonite Church. It was designed to promote good relationships between countries. This program enriched the Yordy's lives and great relationships exist even today. They visited these young men and their families in Europe and maintain great contacts to this day.
Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Roanoke Mennonite Church, rural Eureka, with Pastors Alice Kennell and Bryan Miller officiating. Visitation will take place Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka and Monday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.