Hester Lee Howell Varney, 87, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Her previous residence was on Rebecca Lane, Salem, but currently she resided at The Park-Oak Grove. She was a 1944 graduate of Andrew Lewis High School. Mrs. Varney was a lifelong member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. She retired as a secretary to the Roanoke Postmaster. Hester was an avid painter and artist. She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen Walter Howell and Jessie Moore Howell and her husband, Robert L. Varney.
Surviving are her son, Douglas Allen Graham and daughter-in-law, Nancy Wilbourne Graham; and a number of cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff of The Park-Oak Grove for their loving care. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Roanoke Salem Chapter, 2728 Colonial Ave., Suite 2, Roanoke, VA 24015.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Oakey's North Chapel. Pastor Chris Mitchell will officiate. Interment will be in Fair View Cemetery. The family will receive friends fon Saturday rom 11 a.m. until service time at Oakey's North Chapel. Online condolences to www.oakeys.com