Mary Imogene Yoho
November 12, 1929 ‒ May 20, 2018
ASHLAND: Imogene Yoho was royalty. She would not let anyone or anything drag her anywhere below her regal status. She thought Jesus, spoke Jesus, and lived out Jesus. As a daughter of the King, her royalty was not in a crown to wear, but in a message to be lived. Truly a woman of God, she exhibited Christ-like love, and connected with people in order to serve them.
Imogene’s earthly road of selflessness has led to rest, as she passed into the Lord’s presence Sunday afternoon from her Ashland home. She was 88.
Born Mary Imogene Cothren November 12, 1929 in Lawrenceburg, TN to George E. and Chapel Beatrice (Rochelle) Cothren, she was graduated from Ashland High School in 1947. She studied at Moody Bible Institute, and was planning to go on the mission field, when a handsome young man she met in the church choir “saved her from all that.” She and R. Neil Yoho were married October 22, 1949, and they were blessed with three children.
Though she worked for a time with the Ashland Water Department and Linen Corner, she quit her job at Eagle Rubber in order to stay at home and raise the children.
She was a 70-year member of Ashland Grace Brethren Church. Imogene sang in the church choir, and nearly her whole life taught Sunday school to two- and three-year-olds who lovingly titled her “Mrs. HoHo”. She prepared meals for families in need, served on the wedding and funeral meal committees, and was past president of Women of Grace.
Imogene lived her faith. She genuinely cared for others – her needs always came last – and in every situation placed her trust in the King.
Remembered for her kindness, Imogene had her own personal greeting card ministry, sending out hundreds of cards each year – a tangible way to touch lives. She had a delicious sense of humor, and a quirky sense of not recognizing how funny she was!
A fan of the British Royal Family, her home was a place of politeness and respect – yet covered with the love of a dear mother.
Imogene enjoyed counted cross-stitch, and calligraphy, but her attention was devoted to prayer. As a prayer warrior, she was faithful in intimate, intercessory prayers – it was not the least she could do, but the most!
Her devoted family includes her husband Neil Yoho; daughter Linda (Thomas) Rodman of Ashland, son Douglas Neil (Vicki) Yoho of Savannah, daughter Mary (Robert) Knowlton of Lexington; grandchildren Kimberly (Todd) Roblin, Jason Yoho, Kristi (Nick) Farina, Caitlin (Samuel) Shepard, Allison (Adam) Lieb, Nate Knowlton; great grandchildren Taylor Tracy, Nathan, Julia, Rachel and Gabe Roblin, Zachary Yoho, Peter Shepard, and one on the way; sister Barbara Sue (Lowell) Bender of Ashland; and her best friend since childhood Patricia Strine of Ashland.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister Shirley Ann Cothren.
To celebrate God’s royal gift of Imogene, and acknowledge her home-going the Yoho family will receive guests Friday, May 25, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Ashland Grace Brethren Church, 1144 West Main Street, and also on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the church. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Imogene Yoho will be held at the church Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. Pastors Norman Johnson and Dan Allan will officiate. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Ashland County Memorial Park. The Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield is handling funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Ashland County Community Foundation for the Grace Brethren Church Fund may be made at the funeral.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Yoho family. Share a message of support with them – or see Imogene’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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