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ESTHER VELMA SAVILLE PARKER

ESTHER VELMA SAVILLE PARKER WAS BORN NOVEMBER 27, 1913 THE ELDEST OF SIX CHILDREN TO ZULA ALMA DENNEY SAVILLE AND JAMES BERNARD SAVILLE.  ESTHER WAS BORN ON HER GRANDPARENT SAVILLES’ FARM FIVE MILES EAST OF REDDING KNOWN AS THE OLD BELMAY PLACE.

ESTHER LIVED ALL  HER YOUNG LIFE BETWEEN REDDING, IOWA AND MOUNT AYR, IOWA.  SHE ATTENDED A COUNTRY SCHOOL IN MIDDLE FORK TOWNSHIP KNOWN AS ROSE HILL, THE SAME SCHOOL HER FATHER WENT TO WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG BOY.  ALL OF ESTHER’S BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALSO ATTENDED THIS SCHOOL.  IN THE FALL OF 1929 ESTHER STARTED AS A FRESHMAN IN THE MOUNT AYR HIGH SCHOOL AND TOOK NORMAL TRAINING COURSE UNDER MISS BLISS TO BECOME A TEACHER. SHE GRADUATED IN 1932 AND TAUGHT FOR THREE YEARS IN THE COUNTRY SCHOOL IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP IN RINGGOLD COUNTY.

SHE WAS RAISED IN THE METHODIST CHURCH IN MIDDLE FORK TOWNSHIP, THE SAME CHURCH HER GRANDFATHER SAVILLE ATTENDED AT AN EARILER TIME BEING A CHARTER MEMBER AND SUPPLY MINISTER.

ON APRIL 16, 1937, ESTHER WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO FRANK PARKER AT THE TINGLEY, METHODIST CHURCH PARSONAGE.  THIS WAS A DOUBLE WEDDING WITH HER SISTER LAVENE AND FRANK’S BROTHER, OLIVER, GETTING MARRIED ALSO. THEY STARTED MARRIED LIFE ON A FARM NEAR SHARPSBURG, IA IN TAYLOR COUNTY FOR FOUR YEARS AND THEN MOVED TO A FARM SOUTHEAST OF CLEARFIELD AND LATER TO A FARM NORTHWEST OF SHANNON CITY, IA.

TO THIS UNION SIX CHILDREN WERE BORN, DALE, HELEN, MAJORIE, DOYLE, JOYCE AND DARRELL.  ESTHER AND FRANK WERE MARRIED FOR 66 YEARS.  ESTHER WORKED SIDE BY SIDE IN THE FIELDS WITH HER HUSBAND ON THEIR FARM.  SHE MADE FAMILY SCRAPBOOKS FOR EACH OF HER CHILDREN AND ENJOYED READING ABOUT GENEALOGY OF HER FAMILY AND DID THIS UNTIL HER HEALTH FAILED HER. ESTHER PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 21, 2009 WHILE A RESIDENT OF HOSPICE HOUSE IN CRESTON, IA.

ESTHER WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER HUSBAND, FRANK IN 2003; SON, DARRELL, AT THE AGE OF THREE; HER PARENTS, ALMA & BERNARD SAVILLE; SISTER, BERNADINE PLATT AND HUSBAND DENZEL; SISTER LAVENE PARKER, BROTHER, ELVIN SAVILLE AND WIFE MAY.

LEFT TO MORN ARE TWO SONS, DALE AND WIFE KATHY OF HOLT, MO AND DOYLE PARKER AND COMANION, LILY RIPPERGER OF SHANNON CITY, IA; THREE DAUGHTERS, HELEN GUTT AND HUSBAND, TOM OF LIBERTY, MO; MAJORIE SCHERRUEBLE AND HUSBAND RICH, OF AURORA, IL; AN JOYCE MANSHIP AND HUSBAND, STAN OF N. RICHLAND HILLS, TX; 17 GRANDCHILDREN, 26 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, SISTER, RUTH SAVILLE OF MOUNT AYR, IA; BROTHER CLYDE SAVILLE AND WIFE DELORIES OF IL AND MANY OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.

SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED AT WATSON ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME IN MOUNT AYR ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009 WITH REV. JIM MORRIS OFFICIATING. CASKETBEARERS WERE; RICK PRIEST, JEFF PRIEST, DAVID PARKER, TIM FORBES AND RODNEY SAVILLE.

HONORARY  PALLBEARERS WERE BRIAN JAMES PARKER, GARY PRIEST, TIM MANSHIP, DUANE SCHERRUEBLE AND BRIAN PATRICK PARKER.

ESTHER WAS LAID TO REST IN REDDING CEMETERY, REDDING, IA.

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