Ruth Kester

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ruth C. Kester, 75, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

She was born Dec. 15, 1936, at Neelys Landing, to Clarence and Estille Clingingsmith Myer. She and Eugene H. Kester were married Dec. 11, 1954, at New Bethel Baptist Church near Pocahontas.

Ruth was employed at the former International Shoe Co. and the former Hosiery Hill, both in Jackson. When the family moved to Bridgeton, Mo., she worked at Sears, retiring after 25 years. They moved back to Jackson in 1996.

She was a member of Cape County Cowboy Church, where she was an active member of the kitchen committee, and also a member of the Red Hat Society in Jackson. She was an accomplished seamstress and an avid Cardinals baseball fan. She also enjoyed water painting, oil painting, crocheting and fishing.

Loving survivors include her husband of 57 years, Eugene of Jackson; two daughters, Doris Conaway of Bridgeton, Diane Pair of Jackson; four grandchildren, Jeromy Pair, Christy Duvall, Jessica Conaway and Michael Pair; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margie Craft of Cape Girardeau.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The Rev. Jim Matthews will officiate. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery.

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Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or New Bethel Baptist Cemetery Fund.