Eunice A. Esser, 92, of Blue Springs, formerly of Marshall, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at St. Mary's Manor in Blue Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall. Father Kevin Gormley will officiate. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. A prayer service will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Greg Bonen, Tim Bonen, Jon Belke, Jacob Belke, Jim Brownfield and Al Sturhahn. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Resurrection Cemetery in Jefferson City. Memorials are suggested to the St. Peter Catholic Church Capital Campaign Fund.
Born Dec. 11, 1911, near Pilot Grove, she was the daughter of the late Henry E. Brownfield and Caroline Hartman Brownfield. On Dec. 27, 1937, she married Victor L. Esser, who preceded her in death Dec. 2, 1992. She had lived in Marshall most of her life, living in Blue Springs since 1998. She was a member of St. John LaLande Catholic Church since May 1998 and was a former member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall and its Altar and Rosary Society. She and her husband owned and operated Esser's Jewelry Store in Marshall for more than 32 years. She was a member of The Monday Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of 1812. She was a former secretary of the Missouri Watch Makers Association and Retail Jewelers of Missouri and was a certified gemologist.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Bonen of Blue Springs; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, James David Esser, three sisters and five brothers.