Esther D. Chapman

October 07, 1923 ‒ November 21, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Esther D. (Linn) Chapman, age 97, of Mount Gilead, passed away Saturday evening, November 21, 2020, at Morrow Manor in Chesterville, surrounded by her loving family.

On October 7, 1923, Esther was born at home in Mount Gilead, Ohio, a daughter of the late Tolly H. and Laura E. (Hull) Linn.  She graduated from Chesterville High School in the Class of 1941.

Esther married the love of her life, Carl E. Chapman, in the tenant house on the family farm. The barn that the house was affiliated with is the big red barn that has since been razed and reassembled at the Flying Horse Farms. She always talked about the amount of mud they had to walk through to get up the lane.  Esther and Carl shared over 68 wonderful years together as husband and wife before he preceded her in death on March 21, 2011.

Dairy farming was all they knew at the Chapman Family Farm.  In fact, the 80-100 head of Holstein cattle were a family affair. Esther would milk right beside Carl and their son Dennis, always two times a day.

A woman of faith, Esther was an active member of the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church over the years where she was very involved with the United Methodist Women.  She and Carl played an instrumental role in the remodeling and rededication of the church sanctuary.

Esther loved to get dressed up and go out.  She could be in overalls and dirty boots then 20 minutes later in her best pant suit and heels all ready to go.  She always enjoyed Saturday’s when she would get dressed up, go to O’Neil’s for lunch and then go shopping.

Esther will be dearly missed by her son, Dennis Chapman of Mount Gilead; son-in-law, Dave Denman of Mount Gilead; six grandchildren: Shelly Chapman of Atlanta, GA, Scott (Dee) Chapman of Atlanta, GA, Rich (Brenda) Denman of Mount Gilead, Kendra (Larry) Daniels of Mount Gilead, Renee Ferenbaugh of Mount Vernon, Kathy Gantz of Fredericktown; 10 great grandchildren: Michael, Brooke (Chase), Bristan (Mike), Payton (Nathan), Brogin, Emily, Julie, Joshua, Cara, T.J.; four great-great grandchildren, Jax, Briar, Ashlynn, Mia; a sister-in-law, Betty Chapman of Chesterville; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Patti Denman; daughter-in-law, Esther Chapman; grandson, Jeff Ferenbaugh; sister: Lucile (Jim) Dawson; and in-laws: Chuck (Genevieve) Chapman, Bob Chapman, and Oris (Louise) Chapman.

Esther’s family will greet friends from 5 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate her life will begin there at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Leslie Mahaney officiating.  A private family burial will take place on Friday at Maple Grove Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with Carl. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests are required to wear masks and recognize social distancing requirements.  Family and friends are welcome to watch the livestream of her services on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. via the Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead Facebook page at this link: (

Memorial contributions in Esther’s name may be made to Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church.

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  • Mommy, ( as I got to call her because Patty and I were such good friends) was one great lady. Knew everybody, smiled all the time, always visiting some one (she and Carl were always dressed in the same colors when they went out) and would help anybody in need. Loved that lady a lot. Prayers to all the family.

  • Dear Chapman Family … to me both Esther and Carl were just “special” people. I always enjoyed visiting with them whenever our paths crossed. They set a great example for all of us who knew them. You all have my deepest sympathy and will be in my prayers.

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss, what a wonderful legacy she and Carl have left behind.
    RiP lovely lady.

  • My dear sweet Esther. I had the pleasure and honor to help care for Esther for 5 years. She was so loved by everyone. Denny and Kendra were the most caring and loving family she could have. Denny would spend several lunches a week with his mother. She knew it too when her Denny was there. I asked Esther one day if she remembered my name? She said Yes. I said what is it? She smiled laughed and said Sweet Patutti. My heart melted and still does. My fondest memory is on Wednesday’s during Bible Song. She would sing quietly but she’d sing every word to “In the Garden” at the end of our bible time. Rest easy “In the Garden” Sweet Esther

  • Our deepest sympathy and condolences in this difficult time. With much love and respect to an amazing woman and pillar of the community!

    Steve and Debbie Noble

  • My deepest condolences to this wonderful family! Esther was such a sweet lady, as was her daughter Patti.she was such a joy to talk to. May the lord grant onto her eternal rest and comfort to Denny, Rich and Kendra and the rest of the family. Love and hugs sent from Florida! Stay safe.

  • There are people in your life that you know are angels from God and are in awe of them from the time you are a child. I remember sitting in the back row at church with all the other youth my age looking out across the rows of pews and seeing Esther and Carl. The smile on Esthers face always glad to see you and welcoming you in. She is and always will be a part of Harmony Chapel the little church on the corner waiting to welcome you in. Rest in peace sweet sweet soul. Thank you for giving us a lifetime example of grace.

  • Sweet memories of Esther. I can still hear her laughing and giggling. She and my mom were best friends. I treasure the memories. Praying for the whole family. Lu Ann ( Brown) Jones

  • Kendra and Denny and family,
    Esther was an amazing woman who touched many lives . She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and especially those who cared for her over the years. Prayers to you all.

  • Love and prayers to family. I remember her as a happy, loving, and caring sweet lady.
    Rest In Peace.

  • So many amazing memories of Esther, Carl and family at Harmony Chapel. Such a blessing to so many and such a beautiful servant of God! Well done, Esther, well done!

  • Jim and Vickie Young,

    So sorry but she had a good life. I bet Patty will happy to see her.
    Sympathy to all of you.

  • So sorry to hear of Mrs. Chapman’s passing. She was a happy and caring lady.
    With our deepest sympathy,