Marilyn Virginia Hillyard Yeager

Died: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017


Visitation

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 08, 2017
Location: Singleton Mortuary


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Dec. 09, 2017
Location: Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center


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Marilyn Virginia Hillyard Yeager


Virginia Yeager passed away on November 30, 2017. She was born Marilyn Virginia Hillyard in Princeton, Indiana, to John Wheeler Hillyard and Cora Marie Montgomery Hillyard on December 22, 1928.  During the Depression, Virginia’s parents were selected in a drawing to buy a farm through a New Deal program, and three generations of her extended family have now been raised there. For the rest of her life Virginia took great pride in her Princeton heritage and her extended Hillyard family.  Later in life she delighted in a family genealogy revealing all manner of Hillyard, Montgomery, McCutchan and Wheeler characters back to Revolutionary times.

Virginia graduated from Princeton High School in 1946 and from Indiana University with a degree in Education in 1950. She treasured a summer internship in Indianapolis when she lived with her dear aunt Bertha Montgomery.

At IU Virginia met Joe Yeager, an Army Air Corps veteran. Virginia’s charm, beauty and erudition left Joe defenseless, and they married in 1952. They were deeply dedicated to each other for 63 years.

Virginia loved words, sentences, and books. She also loved sports of all types. After IU she taught high school English and Social Studies and coached girls’ sports at high schools in Stryker, Ohio and Washington, Indiana.  After marriage Joe and Virginia moved to Greenwood and then to Perry Township, where Virginia taught English at Southport High School. She was a grammarian and committed sentence diagrammer.  At Southport she met teachers and students who became lifelong friends.

She later taught at Perry East Junior High and at Meridian Middle School. In 1967 she earned a master’s degree in education from Butler University. The Bulldogs joined the Hoosiers as a favorite basketball team.

Virginia inspired her family and her friends with resilience, humility, warmth, dignity and wit. Her inner strength confounded generations of wonderful doctors, right up to the end of her life.

And, she was always impeccably dressed.

Virginia’s husband Joseph Heizer Yeager and brother James Robert Hillyard predeceased her.  She leaves behind grateful children Joseph Heizer Yeager, Jr. (Candance Grass), John Hillyard Yeager (Barbara Yeager) and Joanne Yeager Dull (Dr. Christopher Dull) and beloved grandchildren Samuel Lloyd Yeager (Elizabeth Yeager), Henry Joseph Yeager, Daniel Watson Yeager, Bess Amelia Yeager, Christopher John Dull, Jr., and Hillyard Austin Dull. She also leaves cherished nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren and sister-in-law Clara Hillyard. Finally, she leaves the devoted friends old and new who loved this unique woman.

The family thanks the many caring doctors and other caregivers who helped Virginia over the years, and in particular Dr. Richard Beardsley.

Calling will be Friday December 8, from 5:00– 8:00 p.m. at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 7602 Madison Avenue in Indianapolis. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday December 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the mortuary. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis.

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Ron Stanhouse
   Posted Wed December 06, 2017
Yeager family,

I was sorry to read that your mother passed away last week. And while I'm not around the neighborhood anymore, I go way back- when John and I were in the same kindergarten class.

Your mom was my 7th grade English teacher at Meridian Middle School and I have good memories of her helpful, caring approach to teaching our class the fundamentals of learning.
There was one day when she supervised our class spelling bee- saying the word to be spelled, and the definition- and waiting patiently while the student would spell it out. Over the hour, the class was whittled down to two students taking turns spelling the words. As it happened, there happened to be a long series of words she selected that neither student could spell- and the contest went back and forth multiple times with each student failing to successfully spell. I can remember that one of the failed words was emigrant, which everyone spelled as immigrant. Your mom identified the misunderstanding and reread with emphasis the definition- but without success. Eventually one of the students spelled a word correctly and ended what had to be her most frustrating spelling bee ever.

In short, she was a wonderful lady and seemed to be great mom for all of you. You were fortunate to have her in your life for all these years. Please know that you're all in my thoughts during this difficult time.

Ron Stanhouse
Bloomington, IN
cell 812-345-1091

JOHN R & ALICE PERRY
   Posted Wed December 06, 2017
God bless you and all your family. Heron Ridge will miss you.

Donna Shea Woodman
   Posted Wed December 06, 2017
Dear Yeager Family: I met Virginia’s daughter, Joanne, around 1989 while she was an intern in the State Senate. Joanne was such a wonderful energetic young woman that I immediately felt a special bond with. Then around 2000, I met Virginia through Joe, who had business property dealings with a company I worked for. I immediately made the connection from Joanne to Joe and Virginia. I went to their home on Hickory Lane several times with legal business documents. Virginia always welcomed me so very kindly into their home. I will always remember her beautiful smile and our warm conversations. As I looked in today’s paper, I immediately smiled when I saw Virginia’s photo; but I had to do a double-take thinking how much Joanne looks like her elegant mother. My sincerest condolences to the Yeager family. Donna Shea Woodman

Sharon Sickels Cunningham
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
So very sorry to the Yeager Family for your loss.
Your mother was my English teacher while I attended Southport HS.
She was such a beautiful, kind person. She was my favorite teacher.
Loved her class.
We also had something in common, we both lived on Hickory Lane. I have thought of her often when I drive down Hickory Lane and would wonder how she was doing, and wondered if she still lived there?
Sending sincere Condolences from the Sickels Family.

Susan E Hillyard
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
I wish we had lived closer because everything Mark has ever said about his Aunt Virginia was that she was smart, beautiful and most importantly kind and loving to him growing up. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

Erin Dorsey
   Posted Fri December 08, 2017
Dear Joanne, How your parents loved you! I remember them dropping you at our freshman dorm room and thinking how darling they were. Those big brothers and your loving parents! My two oldest daughters are now at IU and I have told them all about you and your wonderful family. My oldest is even in your same sorority! I am so sad for you and all your family. I think of you so often! Love, Erin

Mildred Pendergast & Family
   Posted Tue December 12, 2017
Virginia and Joe were wonderful people and special friends at the Hearth. They will be fondly remembered. Mildred, Gail, Mark, Jan, Chris & Alan

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