Ethel Marie Wigton Yontz

June 29, 1930 ‒ February 07, 2018

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Sunbury, Ohio


Ethel Marie Wigton Yontz, age 87 of Delaware passed away early Wednesday morning, February 7, 2018 at Kobacker House in Columbus.

She was born on June 29, 1930 in Lebanon, Virginia to the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Shepard) Gilbert. Ethel moved to Ohio in 1953 from Richmond, Virginia, spending time in Sunbury, Marengo, and Powell before settling in Delaware in 2006.

She worked as a nurse’s assistant at Riverside Hospital, then for 16 years she worked with The Flxible Co, retiring in 1992, after which she assisted her husband at the former Lighthouse Restaurant on SR 36/37 and 71 interchange. She was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall of Delaware County. She also enjoyed reading, listening to music, and trips back home to the mountains of Virginia.

Always diligent and spirited, she was never one to hold back. Her hard working ways and concern for her family will long be remembered. She never quit being a mother. Most of all Ethel treasured family time with all of her family members, reviewing photos reminiscing of times gone by.

She is survived by daughters: Pauline Howell of Leesburg, FL, Gale (Steve) Matthews of Ostrander, Eva McCarty of Delaware, 10 grandchildren: Adam Roof, Jason Roof, Keisha Klepec, Byron Howell, Jessica Arnett, Angelee Hall, Lawrene Harchaoui, Joseph Suarez, Lisa Suarez-Brentzel, Kristen Collazo-Suarez, 20 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Ethel was preceded in death by husband Francis “Curly” Yontz in 1997, daughter Brenda Roof in 2001, son-in-law Sam McCarty in 2007, and fathers of her children: Lawrence Wigton, Jack Hess, seven brothers and one sister.

Friends may call from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 where services will follow 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Rorke Warne officiating. With Valentine’s Day being her favorite holiday, everyone is encouraged to bring a card for the services. Graveside committal services for the immediate family will take place Monday in Berkshire Cemetery with Jim VanHoose and Mark Hurt presiding.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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