Esther K. Willard, 87, of Sedalia, died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at Sweet Springs Villa in Sweet Springs.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sedalia. Pastor Ken Tatkenhorst will officiate. Pallbearers will be John Bargfrede, Scott Willard, Steve Mueller, Mark Mueller, James Mueller, Clifford Mueller, Nelson Mueller, Danny Weathers and Mike Hedgepeth. Honorary pallbearers will be Norman Cree and William Strelow. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials are suggested to Jolly Elders Club or St. Paul's Lutheran Church Foundation Fund in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
Born March 1, 1918, in Concordia, she was the daughter of the late Albert P. Dittmer and Helena Steffens Dittmer. She was married to William Robert Willard, who preceded her in death in 1995. She had lived in Sedalia since the 1960s and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Jolly Elders Club.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathryn Weathers of Sweet Springs and Alice Bargfrede of Marshall; one son, Temple Willard of Warsaw; two sisters, Erna Thompson of LaMonte and Helen Gerhken of Sweet Springs; two brothers, Wilbert Dittmer and Omar Dittmer, both of Sweet Springs; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Martha Jane Willard; one son, Robert William Willard; and two sisters.