Esther Mae Smith
May 30, 1922 ‒ January 25, 2018
MANSFIELD: Esther Mae Smith, 95, of Mansfield passed away Thursday January 25, 2018 in Crystal Care Nursing Home of Mansfield.
The daughter of John and Sophia (Friend) Bauer, Esther was born May 30, 1922 in Mansfield and graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1941.
Esther retired from United Telephone in 1982. She also worked at Friendly House as assistant kindergarten teacher. Esther was the circulation manager at the Richland Reporter and also managed Olan Mills. Very active and giving, she volunteered for the American Red Cross, served as a Gray Lady at MedCentral Hospital, was a nursery teacher at First Congregational Church, served as Cub Scout and Brownie Troop Leader and volunteered at Grace Christian School.
She was a member of the former Bellville United Methodist Church.
Esther enjoyed the outdoors especially swimming, fishing and camping. An avid reader, she loved to teach and invest her time and energy in children. A loving grandma and great grandma, “Nonnie” was an amazing woman who will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her children Diane Hester of Mansfield, Linda LeBeau of Cave Creek, Arizona, and Robbin (Michelle) Smith of Lexington; four grandchildren Tim Hester, Perry Hester, Jamie Hester and Tamie Hester; six great grandchildren including a special great granddaughter Ashley (Adam) Lueth; numerous great great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her siblings William Friend, Bertha Pollock, and Martha Paraske.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting Esther’s family with cremation services. Contributions to the Domestic Violence Shelter may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to her family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com