Esther's Story

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Esther M. Abbott, 84, of Greensburg, passed away on May 11, 2017.
She was born July 5, 1932, in a little farmhouse, in Milhousen. She was one of 13 children born to John and Helen Blankman Vanderpohl.
Esther married William Abbott on June 27, 1953, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 2002. Together they raised three children, John, Nancy, and Sharon.
Esther had a cleaning service with her sisters. When she was not working, she spent her time with her family. She loved playing card games, Yahtzee, euchre, bingo, and going fishing and bowling.
Survivors include son, John Abbott (Alfa McDaniel); daughters, Nancy (Mark) Redelman and Sharon Woolston; grandchildren, Samantha Flora, Lacey (William) Martin, Tammy Shreve, and Lisa Redelman; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Gilbert Vanderpohl and Vernon Vanderpohl; sisters, Dottie (Charles) Land, Marilyn Preston, and Betty Schroeder. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Brad Miller; brothers, John Vanderpohl, Irvin Vanderpohl, Clifford Vanderpohl, Donald Vanderpohl; and sisters, Evelyn Theising, Florine Owens, and Joan Vanderpohl.
A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Monday, May 15, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. Rev. Perry Cook will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Hebron Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters or to the Decatur County Animal Shelter.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com
Published on May 11, 2017
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