Mrs. Kester had many memberships including, Clay County 4-H, Harmony United Methodist Church; ISU Grand Society of Sycamores; Vigo Co, Indiana and National Retired Teachers Association; Art Education Association of Indiana; Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity; Omega Sigma Chi Social Sorority; National Education Association; Indiana Federation of Art Clubs; International Platform Association; Charter member of the National WWII Memorial Commission.
Following retirement, Mrs. Kester spent her spare time painting, reading, and traveling with the International Platform Association to Denmark, Egypt, Austria, Russia, Sweden, England, China, Japan and Hong Kong.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert L. Kester in July of 2003 after 53 years of marriage; one brother Maurice Kibbie Snell.
Survivors include her daughters Sharman Woll of Brazil and Shari Voeltz and husband Donald of Wisconsin; two granddaughters, Jamie Brinkman and husband Shawn of Brazil and Julie Wheaton and husband John of Terre Haute; 5 great-grandchildren, Macy Brinkman, Bode Brinkman, Piper Brinkman, Brandt Wheaton and Luke Wheaton; sister Georgetta Lucas of Avon; sister-in-law Vivien Snell of Terre Haute; several nieces and nephews, Dr. Ronald Snell, Dr. Alan Snell, Tom Snell, CPA, Deanna Wells, Joyce Thompson, Tom Lucas, Carleen Underwood, Joetta Allgood, and Janie Steele.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at French Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8pm and again Friday prior to services.
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