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Wilma "Kate" Hester

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Wilma "Kate" Hester, the daughter of the late W.M. "Bill" and Birdie Kirby Robinson, was born in Idalia on Sept. 27, 1911, and died at the Missouri Southern Healthcare Facility in Dexter on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at the age of 93.

She had lived most of her life in the Idalia and Bloomfield communities. She had attended the Idalia General Baptist Church.

On Sept. 8, 1928, she was married to Riley Eli Hester in Idalia. He preceded her in death on Jan. 8, 1979.

Surviving are four sons, William Rudolph Hester of O'Fallon; Dalton Hester of Van Cleave, Miss., Riley Dale Hester of Security, Colo., Garry Gail Hester of Poplar Bluff; five daughters, Ruth Cozette Williamson of Essex, Betty Lee Long of Idalia, Jacquline Eaves of Bernie, Janice Elaine Midgett of Dexter, and Bonnie Kay Lefler of Ste. Genevieve; 32 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Louis "Mose" Robinson of Bloomfield; and two sisters, Mildred Harris of Belleville, Ill., and Erma Lee Bailey of Hollywood, Fla.

She was preceded in death by one son, James V. Hester on June 27, 1975; and one daughter, Donna Faye Hester on June 18, 1946.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Kenneth Biggs of Dexter officiating.

Interment will follow in the Walker Cemetery near Bloomfield with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.

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