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Esther B. Carpenter, 84

Esther B. (Sparks) Carpenter, 84, Lafayette, passed away peacefully at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital with her niece and nephew by her side. Born March 15, 1928, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of the late Curtis Paul and Edna Essa (Hamilton) Sparks. She was a 1946 graduate of Ellettsville High School. She was a graduate of Kelly Business School and earned her B.A. degree and her M.A. degree in Business from Indiana University.

Esther married John R. Carpenter on October 22, 1952, in Bloomington, and he preceded her in death on October 31, 2008. Esther taught school in Bartholomew, Clay, and Tippecanoe County. She and her husband owned and operated the Rug Shop for over 40 years and The Benchmark from 1988 to 1992. She enjoyed traveling and decorating, and loved flowers and working in her yard. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Surviving is her brother Cletis Russell Sparks (wife, Lois) of Bloomington; one aunt; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Estel Kenneth Sparks.

Graveside service at Rest Haven Memorial Park Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Paul Arnold officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the . Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2013
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