August 2, 2001

ESTHER A. THOMMEN (8/05/1921 - 7/30/2001)

Esther A. Thommen, 79, of Mt. Sterling, IA died July 30, 2001 at Van Buren County Hospital, Keosauqua, IA.

She was born August 5, 1921, at Ballard, MO to Elmer W. and Robbie Ann Burkett Taylor.

She married Rex E. Thommen, December 10, 1938 in Kahoka, MO. They lived three years in Clinton, and in Cantril, IA, 1944-1952, where they operated a grocery store/locker plant and later a hardware and implement store. They farmed in Scotland County, MO 1952-1976 when they retired to Mt. Sterling, IA.

Esther was a devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor and friend. She was an avid gardener and "Mother to the World" who shared much of her garden produce and canned goods with friends. She wrote letters and sent cards by the hundreds to anybody she knew who was sick or needed a little cheering up. A naturally caring person, she donated thousands of hours of volunteer time at Van Buren Good Samaritan Center, Keosauqua, IA, where she played the organ and piano and made over one thousand bibs for the residents.

She is survived by her husband, Rex; a son, Donald and his wife, Eileen of Vancouver, WA; two daughters, Shirley Farrell of Carman, IL and Linda Corman of Mt. Sterling, IA; six grandchildren, Tim Beckman, Danny Beckman and Debbie, Diane Snell, Donald "D.J." Thommen and his wife, Linda, Teresa Thommen and Doug Corman; 10 great-grandchildren, Amy Beckman, Kalen Snell, Donald Thommen III, Grant Thommen, Brandon, Cody, Zachary and Brock Corman and Danielle and Jessica Carpenter; a sister, Jean Dabney and her husband, O.S.; and a brother, Eston Taylor and his wife, Alberta, all of Burlington, IA; and a close friend, Betty Mitchell; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Clyde and Freddie Thommen of Salem, OR, Delores and John Godwin of Lakehurst, NJ, Chester Thommen of Oregon, Russell and Candy Thommen of Dallas, OR, and Max and Lou Thommen of Louisville, KY; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; twin daughters, Bonnie and Connie, who were stillborn; a sister, Edith Taylor and a brother, Estel "Tiny" Taylor.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 3, 2001, at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, IA, with Rev. Jerry Caughron officiating. Burial will be in Harness Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, IA. Open visitation will be Thursday, August 2, 2001 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with family present 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Memorials have been suggested to Harness Cemetery. A lunch will be served at Roberts Memorial Center, Keosauqua, IA following the service for family and friends.

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