Esther Willis, 94

Esther L. Willis, 94, of White Pigeon, died at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Sturgis Hospital, following an extended illness.

She was born April 26, 1915, in Burr Oak, a daughter of Roy and Addie (Pease) Himebaugh. She had resided in the Mottville area since 1934, coming from Burr Oak.

On Dec. 31, 1934, she married Gerald L. Willis in Bronson. He preceded her in death June 1, 1992.

She was a homemaker most of her life. She delivered newspapers for 13 years for the Sturgis Journal and Elkhart Truth.

She attended the United Methodist Church, was a 4-H leader for 25 years and a member of the Aurora Circle. She enjoyed playing the piano.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary (Ron) Downs and Phoebe Willis of White Pigeon, and Martha (Eugene) Herman of Elkhart, Ind.; two sons, William L. (Mary Anne) Willis of Constantine and Steven M. (Lisa) Willis of Owosso; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Blocksom of Marshall; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandchild; a great grandchild; two sisters; and three brothers.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Pastor Jeff Stedge of Scott United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak.

Memorial contributions may be made to Scott United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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