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Esther King Obituary
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April 23, 2018
Eulogy: A Journey of Surprise and Purpose

Esther''s life was a journey mixed with surprise and purpose.

It was certainly a surprise to to hear some of her stories about growing up in Mount Holly. She told me about how sometimes dinner was a bowl of milk with saltine crackers mixed in, about when a bulb on the Christmas tree would burn out and the solution was a piece of tin foil in the socket since there was no money for a new bulb, about her joy on Christmas morning when there was a single orange or apple in the stockings, or about how she picked blueberries all summer long so she could buy school clothes.

I bet it was a surprise to her when an American Baptist, East Coast girl met a Midwestern Methodist farm boy that started a 63 year adventure. She went from a place where she picked blueberries and tomatoes, ate Lebanon baloney and white American cheese sandwiches, and drank Take-A-Boost to Ohio where they picked corn, raised hogs, and ate bully beef stew.

Then it was off to Florida, to a small town of Jupiter, the last stop on Henry Flagler's Celestial Railroad. It was there that our Uncle Arch taught her how to water ski and took us to the beach at night to watch sea turtles lay their eggs.

In retirement, she had a traveling adventure on which she was able to see 49 out of the 50 states.

And then to a central Florida home where instead of worrying about whether there would be an orange in her Christmas stocking she had orange trees in her back yard..........a surprise of great joy.

But it was not all surprises. Purpose had a role to play. As a school girl, to learn and do her best.........as a wife, to serve her family.......
She served her church by working in the nursery, singing in the choir, and helping in the office. She also served her country by volunteering for the National Park Service.

And finally, at the end of a journey...
.....there is rest......the rest of trusting in God.
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