OBITUARY: Nada Eileen Voth

Nada Eileen Voth died on Jan. 12, 2024, following an 18-month residence at Kidron Bethel Village, where she received loving, professional care. She was born on Jan. 16, 1930, to Peter A. and Agatha E. (Schroeder) Voth at Goessel.

Her early life on their beautiful farm with two running creeks was devoted to her interests in birding, horses, and all the indoor and outdoor chores associated with rural life in those days.

Following graduation from Goessel High School, she attended Bethel College, where she met her future husband, Bill, on a college choir trip. After a year at Bethel, Nada began teaching near Elbing at the one-room Fairmont Grade School. Following their marriage on June 2, 1951, at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Nada and Bill began a brand-new dairy and family at Walton.

Nada’s care and attention were directed toward her growing family, with three children born in seven years. She was an active member and leader of EHU and 4-H in Marion County. In time, Nada and Bill undertook an expansion project on the dairy farm, and Nada went back to college to complete her B.A. in elementary education. Upon graduation, she taught English to Vietnamese immigrants and then was hired by USD-373 to teach at Walton Grade School. During this period, she obtained a master’s degree from Wichita State University. Upon the arrival of her first grandchild at Walton Grade School, Nada retired, leaving behind her close teaching friends and her legacy of the students she taught.

Nada’s interest in education continued. She joined the Bethel College Board of Directors, actively participated in the BC Women’s Association and spent much time in natural history interpretation with schoolchildren at Kaufman Museum. Retirement also allowed more time for birding, family and travel for Nada and Bill. The children on the farm developed a close and satisfying relationship with Nada, and driving to Utah and California to see children and grandchildren was a source of great happiness for them.

Nada was preceded in death by her husband, Willis J. (Bill) Voth; her parents, Peter A. and Agatha E. Voth; and her sisters, Cora Schmidt and Virginia Guerra.

She is survived by her children, Myron Voth and spouse, Phyllis Regier, Lenore Hiebert and spouse, Thomas Hiebert, and Warren Voth and spouse, Helen Kjolby; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2024. Memorial gifts may be given to Kaufman Museum.

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