Mrs. Mary Magdalene Yoder Gerber went home to be in the arms of Jesus, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
Mary was born on August 7, 1927, in Nappanee, Indiana to Daniel and Mable Bliele Yoder. The family moved to Fairview, Michigan, in her younger years where she lived most of her life. She married Peter A. Gerber, Jr. September 25, 1946, and had four Children, JoAnn, Gloria, John and Dana. After her beloved husband’s sudden death in 1999, she moved to Blountstown, Florida, to be near her daughters. She was of the Mennonite faith and attended the Red Oak Mennonite Church in Blountstown.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Daniel and Mable Yoder; her loving husband of 52 years, Peter A. Gerber, Jr.; two sons, John Gerber and Dana Gerber; a granddaughter, Janice Lynn Nissley; a grandson, Hugh Knowles; a daughter-in-law, Doris Gerber; a son-in-law, Dr. Henry Knowles; three sisters, Orpha Yoder, Betty Yoder, and Ruby Handrich; two brothers, Wayne and Glenn Yoder; and two sisters-in law, Irene Yoder and Edna Yoder.
She is survived by her two daughters, JoAnn Nissley and her husband, Reverend Ivan Nissley, of Blountstown, FL, and Gloria Atwell and her husband, James, of Marianna, FL; five grandchildren, Lenora Nissley, Joy Nissley, Dr. Henry Knowles, Jr. and his wife, Kelly, Tim Knowles and his wife, Holle, Tammy Glaze and her husband, Dr. Michael Glaze; 10 great-grandchildren, Austin Nissley, Taylor Belle, McKenzie, Michael Glaze, Jr., Henry III, Benjamin, Mark Knowles, Isabella, Trystan, Hugh Knowles; two brothers, Floyd Yoder and Robert Yoder; two sisters, Ethel Handrich and her husband, Vergil, and Ruth Sharp and her husband, Dennis; and a brother-in-law, Richard Handrich.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 pm (CST) at Red Oak Mennonite Church in Blountstown with Pastor Rocky Weaver officiating. Interment will follow in Red Oak Mennonite Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 16, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm CST at Peavy Funeral Home.
Special thank you to the Chipola Nursing Pavilion, Marianna, and employees for their wonderful care that was given and Covenant Hospice, Marianna, especially to Shonda Jones for her care and moral support. A special thank you to her wonderful physician, Dr. Mark Akerson.
Flowers are accepted or a donation can be made to Covenant Hospice, 4215 Kelson Ave., Suite F, Marianna, FL 32446.
All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).