Sonya Ashley Yoder

Sonya Ashley Yoder, 87, passed away on September 27, 2023, in Dayton, Texas. She was born on May 6, 1936, in Joshua, Texas to Alth Lou and Byer Roe Ashley.  She is preceded in death by her: parents; sister, Linda Lou Childs; husband Donald D. Yoder; and son, Mark Ashley Yoder. Sonya is survived by her: daughter and son in in law, Kristy and Richard Guerra; grandson, Ivan Solares; great-grandsons, Alan, Ivan and Lance; great-granddaughters, Avery and Elani. Neice: Dena Lou Craig; nephew, Craig Ashley Childs; and numerous family members and friends.

Sonya earned a Business Degree from Midland College. Early in her career she worked as a Legal Secretary and later went on to work as an Administrative Assistant at Lockheed Martin for 37 years worked until she was 74 years old. As we all know now, there were clearly no limits to what she could achieve. Sonya was an avid cook with a bookcase packed full of recipes. She loved Bridge night with her friends and had a passion for throwing wonderful dinner parties in her youth. She was loved by all and will be sorely missed by many. Forever in our hearts.

On Saturday, October 7, 2023, Sonya’s family will greet guests from 10:00 am to 11:00 am followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 am at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, TX 77598. In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a memorial donation in Sonya Yoders memory may do so to the Scoliosis Foundation.


  1. So very sad to hear of Sonya’s passing. I had the honor to learn from her in my younger days at Lockheed Martin. I respected her, adored her and despised her all at the same time but she taught me so very much. I am greatly honored to have known her, shared time, experiences, grief’s and joys over the years we were acquainted. She was a force to be reckoned with but also had a wicked sense of humor. I still remember her telling me how ‘free’ was always her favorite price. I had not seen her or talked to her in many many years but heard about her off and on through a mutual friend. Sonya was one of those people that comes into your life for a reason, a season or forever. She left a mark and memory on my heart. Rest in peace dear one. Everything will be ok in the end.

    Tina Watts-Colditz-Worker
  2. I am so sad to hear of Sonya’s passing. I worked with her for eighteen years at Lockheed Martin. Although our paths drifted apart in the latter years, she periodically crosses my mind and I remember working with her to complete projects and meet impossible deadlines. She was an extremely well organized person that kept the place running like a well oiled machine. May our paths cross again someday.

    Olin Ray DeVall

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