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Esther Smith (1926-2006)


Posted By: Ames Tribune
Date: 3/7/2006 at 19:33:00

THE AMES TRIBUNE, Ames, Story County, Iowa, Tuesday, March 7, 2006.

Esther Marie (Borgman) Smith, 79, of Wadena, died Saturday, March 4, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader following a brief illness. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 10, at United Methodist Church in Volga, with Rev. Raymond Doser officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Volga.

She was born on April 20, 1926, to Eugene William and Louise Minnie (Starke) Borgman on the family farm in Wellington, Mo. Her early years were spent growing up on the family farm in Wellington. Her Borgman grandparents shared their home and she also was blessed to live with her Starke grandparents during the school week. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Wellington. She graduated from Wellington High School in 1944 and from Central Missouri State University in 1948. She taught home economics for five years in the Fairfield school system and then completed a master's degree in home economics from Iowa State University in 1954.

She married John E. Smith Sept. 18, 1954, at Collegiate Methodist Church in Ames. During their 51 years of marriage, they resided in Arlington, rural Elgin and rural Wadena. She worked for the Valley Community School District for several years and was a church organist at Volga Methodist Church.

The joys of Esther's life were her children and grandchildren. Survivors include her husband John of Wadena; one daughter, Roberta (Alan) Johnson of Ames; grandchildren, Scott and Kristin Johnson; one daughter-in-law, Jean Smith of St. Paul, grandchildren, Anya and Ian; Mary (Paul) Foxwell of Monona, grandchildren, Monica, Stephanie, Rachel and Lauren; Tom Smith of Slater and Susan (Bruce) Torkelson of Waukon, grandchildren, Erin and Kyle. Her legacy to all of them was a passion for learning and a love of music. Also surviving are one sister, Ruth Akers of DeKalb, Ill. and one brother, Earl (Mary) Borgman of Wellington, Mo.; three nieces, one nephew; two great-nieces; one great-nephew; numerous cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Mark.

She will be remembered for her music, her willingness to help others, her beautiful stitchery, her phenomenal cooking - particularly pies - and her friendship to everyone she met.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m.Thursday, March 9, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader.


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