Rev. Yvonne D. Houser-McCoy was born to the late John Houser Jr. and Clara Mae Houser on Nov. 5, 1948, in Pittsburgh, Pa. She departed this life on November 20, 2020.
She made her confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 10 years old under the late Bishop SC Johnson, Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, in Pittsburgh, PA.
She moved to Louisville, KY in 1988 when she transferred from Pittsburgh, Pa. with the Prudential Insurance Company as the Manager of Training and Development.
The vocation of Yvonne McCoy spans more than 30 years and was focused on Love; loving God first with all her mind, heart and soul and demonstrating unconditional love for others. She showed true heartfelt compassion and nurturing for all people while providing counseling and teaching for them to experience Holistic Health, Healing and Restoration for the Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit.
Yvonne earned a M. Div. degree from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a BS degree in Business Management and Industrial Psychology, along with several certifications in Leadership and Holistic Healing.
Some of Rev. Yvonne’s credentials are as follows: Ordained Christian Minister of the Word and Sacraments, Preacher/Teacher; Christian Counselor; Mentor; Seminar and Workshop Leader; Conference/Retreat Facilitator; Board Certified Integrative Chaplain; and Certified Holistic Life Healer.
Pastor Yvonne served as the Senior Pastor at Floyds Knobs Christian Church (DOC), in Floyds Knobs, IN, up until the time of her transition. She served as Pastor of the Center of Peace and Staff Chaplain for Norton Healthcare. She also served as Interim Minister for the Carrollton Christian Church (DOC), and Associate Minister for Third Central United Christian Church (DOC) and Canaan Christian Church, in Louisville, KY.
She was the owner of The Transformation Institute LLC., where she was a Certified Holistic Healing Practitioner. She was the Founder and Chaired the Board for Oasis Retreat and Wellness Center, a Non-Profit ministry for women who are victims and survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence. Yvonne volunteered her services at the Diersen House, a local halfway house for women transitioning back into society, the American Red Cross, Gilda’s Club, and Shawnee Christian Medical Center. Yvonne retired from Prudential Insurance Company and from Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Yvonne is also a member of The Order of Eastern Stars, Naomi Chapter 121.
She was preceded in death by her son, Earnest K Wallace Sr., her sister, Bernice Miller, and her Father, John Houser Jr. Yvonne leaves to cherish her memory: Her Loving, Protector and Supportive Husband, William C McCoy (Bill) of 30 years, (2) Lovingly Devoted, Attentive and Dedicated Sons and Daughters n Love; Vallon Wallace III (Viola) Pittsburgh, Pa and Ronald V Wallace Sr. (Terrilynn) Columbus, Oh; (4) Loving, Reliable and Considerate Stepdaughters; Monique L. McCoy Atlanta GA, Jessica A Rone (Rich) Cincinnati, Oh, Faye E. McCoy Pittsburgh, Pa and Jasmine D. McCoy Louisville, Ky. Grandma Von is also survived by (24) Admiring Grandchildren and (21) Appreciative Great Grandchildren, Beloved and Admired Mother, Clara M. Houser, Treasured Siblings, Lewis Houser (Doris), Phelix Houser, Roslyn Houser, Rita Houser-Jones (Kenneth), John C Houser, Sharon McCants (Ron), Andre Houser (Rona) and a host of Cherished Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, God-Daughter, Spiritual Sons and Daughters, Friends and Church Families.
Eastern Star: Naomi Chapter # 121
The emblem of the female Masonic organization, the Order of the Eastern Star. The symbol is a complex one, and is said to represent the Star of Bethlehem, symbolizing the descent of spirit into matter- the divine in man, or even the presence of God on earth.
Its appellation also implies a relationship with the planet Venus, also called the “eastern star.” Each point on the star has an emblem of a different biblical heroine (Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, and Electa) and the qualities they represent- fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith, and love. The initials “F.A.T.A.L.” found on some are said to stand for the phrase, “Fairest Among Thousands, Altogether Lovely,” a reference from the Song of Songs, although also an apt description, perhaps, of some of the biblical heroines above.
The book and pillar in the center of the star represent the Masonic Lodge’s “volume of sacred law” which is placed in the east. The five implements typically pictured represent the five biblical women and their respective representation of Masonic virtues:
1. The sword and veil represent Adah, and the virtue of “obedience to duty”
2. A sheaf of barley represents Ruth, whose virtue is adherence to religious principles.
3. The crown and scepter represent Esther, who embodies the virtue of loyalty.
4. The broken column represents Martha, and the virtue of “endurance in trial.”
5. The “golden cup” represents Electa, and the virtue “endurance of persecution.”
Family received in the Apostolic Faith Church 44 Miller Avenue, Rankin, PA 15104 on Saturday November 28, 2020 from 9 A.M. until Going Home Services at 10 A.M. Internment in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh 15201.
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