Ester Marie Shouse, 83, daughter of James H. and Lola Fay Williamson, was born April 11, 1929, in Appleton City. She passed away March 9, 2013.
Ester was born on the family farm in Appleton City. She was united in marriage to Roy Haskell Shouse on Nov. 13, 1947, in Clinton.
Ester spent all her life in the Ohio, Rockville and Schell City area and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City. During this time she was a nurse’s aide at Ellett Memorial Hospital and Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Appleton City and Community Springs Nursing Home in El Dorado Springs. She wrapped meat at Motts Meat Co. as well as Down Home Butcher Shop in Rockville.
Ester enjoyed crocheting, sewing, quilting, horseback riding and especially planting a garden and canning the many things she grew. Two weeks ago, with help from family members, she canned 123 quarts of beans.
Ester was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings – Harvey Williamson, Mary Clark, Ida Gibbins, Ruby Williamson, Clara Rice, Jay Williamson and Dorothy Ruth Williamson (infant); son-in-law, Yuell Willis; daughter, Helen Willis; son, Danny Shouse; step-son, Wayne Shouse and granddaughter, Royanna Shouse.
Survivors include two daughters, Ellen Willis and Nellie Gilkey (Eldon); five sons – Richard Shouse, James “Pete” Shouse (Rhonda), Roy Shouse Jr., Fred Shouse and Boyd Shouse; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Shouse; grandchildren, Kendall Willis, Shari Hadley (Jim), Biron Miller (Vicki), Chris Murdock, Jeremy Shouse (Coley) George Gilkey (Emily), Danielle Shouse, Austin Shouse and Chloe Shouse; great-grandchildren – Oliver Setzer, Shelby Shouse, Jarren Shouse, Katelynn Shouse, Kallie Gilkey, Katie Gilkey and Kinley Gilkey; and sister-in-law, Audrey Shouse.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Hill and Son Funeral Home, Appleton City, with Pastor Michael Manz officiating. Marcia Rader, organist, will play congregational hymns “It Is Well With My Soul” and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”
Casketbearers will be Brad Royster, Larry Royster, George Gilkey, Eric Williamson, Merle Barbour, Kendall Willis, Rodney Williamson, Jeremy Shouse and Biron Miller. Interment will be in Appleton City Cemetery under direction of Hill & Son Funeral Home, www.hillandson.net.
Memorials are suggested to VITAS Hospice – Research Inpatient Care.