Hester Estelle Raker Smith (1920 - 2014)

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Hester Estelle Raker Smith

Hester Estelle (Raker) Smith, 93, passed away on June 7, 2014, at her home in Crawfordville, Florida.

She was born in Ivan, Wakulla County, Florida on August 29, 1920. Her parents were Herbert Delue Raker and Dorcas Estelle (Strickland) Raker. She was married to Hayden Tatnall Smith. For most of their married life, they lived in Live Oak, Florida. In 1989, they returned to Wakulla County, making their home on a portion of the Raker Pioneer Farm.
She is survived by her brother Maurice (Linda) Raker, her two daughters - Renee Murray Smith (John) Parrish and DeVaughn Cynthia Smith (Peter) Rosendahl, her grandchildren - Amber Renee Parrish (Bobby) Vickers and Marcus Tatnall Hensley, and five (5) great-grandchildren.

Hester was predeceased by her parents - Herbert Delue and Dorcas Estelle (Strickland) Raker, her brothers - Quintus Dalton Raker, Thermon Artence Raker, and Herbert Harper Raker, her sisters - Dorothy Raker, Verlie Uldene (Raker) Thomas, and Marjorie (Raker) Lovell.

Special appreciation is given to her caretakers - her brother and sister-in-law, Maurice (Linda) Raker, her nephew Dural W. (Mary Esther) Raker and her niece Winona (Allen) Dallis.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Whiddon Lake Church, Crawfordville Florida. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Following the services, she will be buried in Whiddon Lake Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Whiddon Lake Church, 165 Friendship Church Road, Crawfordville, FL 32327.

David Conn and Amber Miller at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville is assisting the Smith family with their arrangements. (850-926-3333 or www.bevisfh.com).


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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 11, 2014
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