Esther I. Weddle Smith
|Birth:||Monday, April 23, 1923|
Lawrence Co, Indiana
|Death:||Sunday, June 15, 2014|
Calhoun Co, Michigan
|Obit:||Sunday, June 22, 2014|
Calhoun Co, Michigan
Esther I. Smith, 91, was born April 23, 1923 in Bedford, Indiana the daughter of Melvin and Florence (Peugh) Weddle, and passed away, June 15, 2014 at Bronson Battle Creek, living in Battle Creek, most of her life.
Esther Irene Weddle was united in marriage on June 13, 1943 Joseph A. Smith in Corpus Christi, TX. She had four children: Mary Jo, Beverly, Mark and Timothy; eight grandchildren; sixteen great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph on May 14, 1997 and her daughter, Beverly I. Warren on March 31, 2014.
Esther was Registered Nurse and was employed at different times by Leila Hospital, Community Hospital, VA Medical Center and for the Mercy Pavilion, retiring from all four.
She enjoyed traveling with her family, and traveled to an array of states. Using these trips as a learning tool for Americana and history, her family enjoyed various landmarks and tourist spots. They panned for gold, quartz and rubies, went salmon fishing, rode mules to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, saw the 13 colonies, and so on. She also traveled with her husband in later years, and she at times would use these trips for her genealogy searches. She thoroughly enjoyed researching about her family history and traced 16 generations back to Pocahontas. She had a love of family history for 30+years, and made albums for her children and grandchildren, (which they thoroughly enjoyed).
Esther loved organic gardening, and would be outside in her free time working in her flower beds and gardens.
Esther was a part of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Red Hat Society. She did many displays for Willard Library about different points of time in history.
She was active within her church, and was a member of the Methodist Church on Bidwell Street for 60+ years. With a strong faith in Christ, she raised all four of her children within the same church. She read from her Bible daily. Funeral service to celebrated Esther's life will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Farley-Estes ... Dowdle Funeral Home, 105 Capital Ave. N.E. Battle Creek, with a visitation being held one hour before the service, with Pastor Bruce Kintigh officiating. She will be interred next to her husband, Joseph, at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Trinity United Methodist Church www.farleyestesdowdle.com.
Source: Farley Estes ... Dowdle
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