Esther N. Speak

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Esther Nadine Speak, 83, of Taneytown, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Cross Keys Brethren Village in New Oxford, Pa.

Born Jan. 4, 1929, in Taneytown, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Helen Stover Albaugh. She was the wife of Roy "Bud" Speak, her husband of 46 years, who died in 1997.

She was a homemaker and farmer's wife. In her younger years, she worked as a telephone operator in Taneytown and Frederick. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Taneytown and the former Mount Union Homemakers Club.

She was very active in 4-H and served as a 4-H Club leader earlier in her life. She enjoyed cooking, baking, making crafts, gardening, and playing cards and Chinese marbles. She especially enjoyed entertaining and spending time with family and friends on the farm.

Surviving are son Kevin Speak and wife Judy, of Taneytown; daughter Dawn Bowers and husband Bryan, of Taneytown; a brother, Clarence "Sonny" Albaugh, of Taneytown; grandchildren Melissa Stephens, of Taneytown, Denise Cook and husband Otis, of Frederick, Wendy Bowers and fiance Geoff Grisez, of Frederick, and Greg Bowers and fiance Lindsay Soban, of Kenneth Square, Pa.; great-grandchildren Seth, Shane and Hailey Stephens, Parker Bowers, Owen Cook, Dakota, Connor, Sierra and Cameron Grisez; sisters-in-law Georgia Smith, of Walkersville, and Betty Perkins and Shirley Speak, both of Thurmont; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brothers-in-law Lamar, John, Robert and Jesse Speak, Howard Perkins and Albert Smith; and sisters-in-law Margaret, Hazel and Grace Speak, and Bernadine Stambaugh.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, with the Rev. Josh Semovoski and the Rev. Ray Turnbaugh officiating. Interment will follow at Grace United Church of Christ Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, MD 21787.

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Published in Carroll County Times on July 18, 2012
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