Esther Ann Hover, of Spring Arbor, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at the age of 92.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. A gathering of family and friends will be held prior to the service beginning at noon at the funeral home. Interment of ashes will be at South Gilead Lake Cemetery.
Esther, the youngest of three daughters, was born Feb. 25, 1921, in rural Branch County to Don and Ina Moser. On Sept. 4, 1947, she married Dr. Ronald E. Hover in Coldwater. He preceded her in death March 14, 2000. Esther resided in Burr Oak and Bronson (Gilead Lake) for many years. She and her husband had also lived in Venice, Fla., after Dr. Hover retired in 1979 from his medical practice in Burr Oak. She returned to Quincy in 2001 and moved from there to Spring Arbor in 2004.
As a teenager, she resided in Coldwater, where she was employed by Tibbits Theatre and was a 1941 graduate of Coldwater High School. She also worked for Michigan Associated Telephone Company in southern Michigan before her marriage. She was office manager for her husband’s medical practice for more than 30 years and enjoyed the friendships with their clientele in northern Indiana and southern Michigan; they often made house calls together.
Esther was active in Eastern Star, including Worthy Matron, Burr Oak chapter 1957-59 and had served on the library board in Burr Oak for several years. Family and Shrine events and trips were special memories for her. She felt great pride in her family and enjoyed cooking and baking for them … especially making monster cookies for her grandchildren. Playing cards with friends and family and trips to the beach in Florida during the winter months were favorite activities.
Esther is survived by her sons, Ronald and his wife, Jan, of Bronson, and Richard and his wife, Tamra, of Hanover; her grandchildren, Niccole Taylor of Fredericksburg, Va., LTC Matthew (Katherine) Hover of McDill AFB, Fla., Major Andrew (Lisa) Hover of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Cale (Jessica) Hover of Bowling Green, Ohio, Jennifer (Tim) Aylor of Howell and Jill (Jason) Moore of Quincy; and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Louise Landis and Margaret Starkweather.