Susanna J. (Beachy) Yutzy passed away at Mayfair Village Nursing Home, Dublin, Ohio, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. She was 89.
Sue was born on April 11, 1923, to the late Joe and Alma (Miller) Beachy at Plain City, Ohio.
She was born and raised Amish, one of a family into which 15 children were born, 12 of whom were raised to adulthood, six boys and six girls.
The siblings and their families enjoyed many happy times of fellowship over the years, sharing special meals, game nights and family reunions.
She worked for the I.G.A. Market in Plain City until 1960, when she married widower Ralph E. Yutzy and became an instant mother to his five children.
She joined the United Bethel Mennonite Church as an adult, and was a faithful member until her death.
She and her husband were often involved in the work of the church in practical ways, meeting the physical needs of the body of believers, visiting the sick and elderly, and inviting those who had no family into their home for food and friendship.
Sue worked hard for as long as she was able, helping Ralph in the various endeavors they took on, gardening, (and preserving the fruits of her labor) cooking and housekeeping. Sue loved a clean house.
She was predeceased by an infant son in 1962; son, Joseph in 1981; her husband, Ralph in 2010, just months after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary; her parents; brothers, Eli W., Noah, and Lawrence Beachy; sisters, Emma Detweiler, Alma Gingerich, and Laura Beachy, Malinda and Alice Beachy who died as young children and a stillborn youngest sister.
She is survived by daughters, Lena Yutzy of San Diego, California, Rachel (Ivan) Zehr of Waterloo, New York, and Ruth (Andrew) Zehr, of Croghan, New York; son, Daniel (Mary Ann) Yutzy of Milford, Delaware; daughter-in-law, Ruby (Nelson) Yoder of Harrisonburg, Virginia; 19 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren; brothers, Homer Beachy, Joseph (Ada) Beachy, Walter (Mary Jane) Beachy; sisters, Lovina Hostetler, Inez Miller.
"She fought a good fight, she finished the course, she kept the faith."
Calling hours will be at United Bethel Mennonite Church from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, and the funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, also at the church, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial donations to United Bethel Mennonite Church, 11342 Lafayette-Plain City Road, Plain City, OH 43064 or Odyssey Hospice, 540 Office Center Place, Suite 100, Gahanna, OH 43230.
The family wishes to recognize and thank the many friends who have visited faithfully and provided assistance to Mom so frequently over these last years. Special thanks to Jonas and Arlou Beachy, and Jamie for their unwavering loyalty, love and support. Your kindness to Mom is a gift of great value and we all thank you.
In charge of arrangements is FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 202 E. Main St. (state Route 161 W.), Plain City.
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Published in The Plain City Advocate on Feb. 23, 2013
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