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Arvilla "Billi" Nancy Yoder
April 25, 1917 - November 20, 2013
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<div itemprop="description">Arvilla &ldquo;Billi&rdquo; Yoder <br /> <br />On November 20, 2013, Arvilla Nancy Yoder of Edmonton passed away at the age of 96 years. She was born in Mayton, Alberta on April 25, 1917 to Abraham and Harriet Wideman, and was predeceased by husband W/C Stanley Yoder in 1986, grandson SFC Kevin Holmes in 2009, sisters Alice Stockfish and Vera Yoder, and brothers Floyd, Laverne, and Kenneth Wideman. <br /> <br />Arvilla (&ldquo;Billi&rdquo;) is survived by daughters Carol Bader of Nevada City CA, Patricia (Jean-Paul) Michel of Ottawa ON, son Robert Yoder (Nancy Davis) of Truckee CA, granddaughter Tracy (Geoffrey) Ward of Alameda CA, granddaughter-in-law Kerstin Holmes of Dupont WA, great-grandsons Ryan and Tyler Ward and Daniel and Gabriel Holmes, brothers Delmer Wideman of Kitchener ON and Ronald Wideman of Barry ON, sister Bernice Mickle of Yorba Linda CA, and many nieces and nephews. <br /> <br />Arvilla married Stanley Yoder on April 12, 1941 in Camrose, Alberta. After Stan&rsquo;s WWII service, they embarked on a military life in the RCAF making life-long friends across Canada, the U.S., and in France. Arvilla was given the nickname &ldquo;Billi&rdquo; by a friend, which she adopted for the rest of her life. Billi was a gracious hostess and an impeccable homemaker while raising her three children. She had an infectious sense of humor, and shared her love of gardening, cooking, and baking with her two daughters. It was then that she started her career as a volunteer. <br /> <br />Billi was a long-time resident of Sherwood Park, Alberta where she and Stan retired in 1974. She pursued her volunteerism and fitness programs with vigor. In 1983, she was Top Senior in the Fitness Challenge. In her early 70s, Billi became an enthusiastic member of the U of Agers, a performing gymnastics team, and travelled to Disney World to perform. <br /> <br />Billi led a full, rich life, touched the lives of many, and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. <br /> <br />Special thanks to Billi&rsquo;s &ldquo;angels&rdquo; Theresa Atcheson, Christy McKirdy, and staff of Senior Homecare by Angels for their loving devotion, the staff of Extendicare Eaux Claires for making Billi&rsquo;s last months comfortable, and Gil and Connie Wideman for their significant care and friendship over the years. <br /> <br />You are encouraged to share stories, condolences, or a photo by clicking on the &ldquo;Contribute&rdquo; tab. <br /> <br />YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A CELEBRATION OF BILLI'S LIFE ON MAY 17, 2014 at 10:00 am. See details below. <br /> <br />In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Billi&rsquo;s name may be sent to a charity of your choice. <br /> <br /> <br /></div>