Esther Mae Smith

May 30, 1922 ‒ January 25, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

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

  • ROBBIN,DIANE, LINDA AND ALL THE GRANDKIDS. I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT YOUR MOM AND GRANDMA HAS PASSED. ROBBIN, I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND YOUR MOM WAS ALWAYS SO NICE TO ME, I ALWAYS LOVED TALKING TO HER. WHAT A SWEET LADY! ALL OF YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS.

  • To the family of Esther Mae Smith, Please accept the condolences from the staff and chaplain of Crystal Care Center for your loss of mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great, great grandmother, aunt, and friend.

    She was blessed with a long life and lived a witness as an example for all who knew and loved her. She had a servant heart as was evident by the many organizations she helped with. Her work ethic was to be admired.

    I only wish that I could have known her and spoke to her and heard her wisdom. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of praying over her during her journey home. We have the promise of Jesus Christ that we will see her again so hold onto that sure and certain hope.
    May you find comfort in your healing journey of grief and may you be filled with the peace of Christ.

    With sympathy, Rev. Carol A. Kilgore, Chaplain and the Staff of Crystal Care Center.

  • Dear Robbin, Diane, Linda.
    I have sent letters to your Mom. And they kept coming back. I didn’t have any of your address to ask about her.
    I remember going to your home and having fun.
    She was a sweet lady and a friend to my mom. I always love talking to her and sharing my family’s stories.
    I would had loved to have seen her one more time.
    My prayers are with you.
    Sharon Smith Gatton