She was born Aug. 14, 1922 in Deepwater, Mo., to John Phillip VanAllen and Nannie Elizabeth Link VanAllen.
She married Claude Minor June 16, 1937 in Nevada, Mo. He preceded her in death May 25, 1980.
Esther spent most all of her life around the Metz and Rich Hill area.
She was a hard working homemaker.
She loved to make quilt tops and cross stitch.
Survivors include two sons, Philip Minor and his wife Shelly, Compton Junction, Mo., and Jerry Minor, Metz, Mo.; two daughters, Betty Klotz and her husband Morris, Nevada, Mo., and Carol Sawyer and her husband, Charley, Fort Scott, Kan. She also raised one grandson, Justin Minor.
She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, three sons and two daughters.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, Mo., with Pastor Kim Osborn officiating.
Interment will follow in Concord Cemetery, near Lowry City, Mo.
Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada and the family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening between 7 and 8 p.m..
Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the American Heart Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, Mo., 64772.
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