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ESTHER WHITSELL Esther was born in 1921 to Sam and Ada Effland and raised in London Mills, IL. She graduated Salutatorian in her high school class at the age of 16. She moved to California in 1957 with 4 children after losing her husband to polio. She worked in the auto industry from 1955-1997, highlighted by being the first woman granted a Chrysler automotive franchise in the US. She retired from her career at Spreen Honda in Redlands. She was a devoted mother and provider for her 4 children. After moving to CA, they lived in numerous places in So. Cal. during economic ups and downs to follow work and provisions for her family. She lived her last 32 years in Riverside, CA and her final days with her loving caretakers at Villa Victoria. She is survived by 4 children, Dan Bailey, Joanne King, Rhonda Jacobs, Gayla Totaro and spouses; a brother, Clemon Effland; 3 step-children; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Whitsell. Funeral Service: Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1pm at Sierra Memorial Chapel Mortuary. She was a woman of great Christian faith and her entire life exhibited the Fruit of God's Spirit as recorded in Galatians 5:22. SIERRA MEMORIAL CHAPEL in charge of Arrangements
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 28, 2013
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