Esther Downs Kroll

Esther Downs Kroll, 89, of Forty Fort, died Saturday evening, April 6, 2013, at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre, where she was a guest.

She was born in Forty Fort on Oct. 22, 1923, and was the daughter of the late Gwilym I. and Anna Blower Downs.

She was a graduate of Hanover Area High School. For several years she studied painting with an instructor throughout Wyoming Valley, and also attended local colleges studying art and literature. She was a member of Wyoming Valley Art League, which many times she exhibited her work. With her love of history many of her watercolors were of historical sites that she had visited throughout the United States. She created beautiful needle work that she shared with family and friends. She had a love for reading and books that she treasured.

Mrs. Kroll was a member of Forty Fort United Methodist Church. She spent 10 years as a leader for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, she also was a volunteer for the United Way and the American Red Cross.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Kroll, in 1981; and a brother, Robert I. Downs.

She is survived by her son, Gwilym (Guy) and his wife, Noreen, Kingston; her daughter, Kathleen, Forty Fort, whom she resided with until her illness; two grandsons, Thomas and his wife, Geana, Harrisburg; and Michael James, Kingston; two great-grandchildren, Gabrella and Jackson.

The family extends thanks to the staff at St. Luke's Villa for their kindness and Dr. William Boyle for his care.

Private services will be held at Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. The interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Shavertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Lands at Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown, PA 18708.

For information or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at hughbhughes.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 8, 2013