Esther J. Tucker 1924-2021

COLUMBIANA — Esther Jean Householder Tucker, 96, went home to be with her Lord Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital after hip surgery.

Her daughter, Kathy, was privileged to be by her side, singing songs that will be sung at her homegoing celebration at Jerusalem Lutheran Church 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Friends may call at 10 a.m., prior to the service at the church.

Esther was born to Marie and C. Blair Householder March 19, 1924, in Columbiana. She graduated from Columbiana High School in 1942. Since 1932, most of Esther’s life was lived in Columbiana.

Esther married Robert Tucker May 3, 1947.

She was a secretary at both the Columbiana Foundry for seven years and NRM for 23 years.

Prior to her surgery, she lived at home.

Esther was very active for years in the “Crop Walk” and in many positions at Jerusalem Lutheran Church Women (JLCW), which included chairman of Lutheran World Relief, and funeral dinner chairman. She also enjoyed her many years of clown ministry. For her love of flowers, Esther worked tirelessly in the Peace Garden. She sang in the Adult Choir and was a member of the Bell Choir.

For Esther’s 95th birthday, her bucket list was fulfilled on a trip to Chicago, I-FLY’ing (indoor skydiving), room service, and a flower show.

Esther’s husband, Robert, preceded her in death, April 26,1989; and her son, Willard, preceded on Aug. 25, 2017.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Phillip) Dyer, and daughters-in-law, Vicki Tucker and Jamie Tucker. Leanne Corbi is her only living sister-in-law. She leaves five grandchildren, Jamie (Kevin) McLaughlin, Benjamin (Becky) Sheppard, Jessica (Dave) Groh, Angie (JD) Mackall and Amanda (Earl) Bell; and seven great-grandchildren.

Esther was deeply loved by everyone who knew her. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone and always forgave, no matter how bad she was hurt.

Esther was a blessing and an inspiration, at 96, sending birthday and Christmas cards to more than 60 friends and relatives each year.

Esther was truly filled with God’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and goodness. She was a faithful friend and will be greatly missed.

Esther would like to acknowledge her wonderful neighbors who checked on her, brought her mail every day, mowed her lawn and were there to help in a moments’ notice.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jerusalem Lutheran Peace Garden.

Arrangements were made through the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana. Condolences from friends and family may be posted at www.familycareservices.com.

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