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After living 99 years filled with love and adventure, farm girl Minnie Hester was called home on October 21, 2017 surrounded by family. Born September 8, 1918, on a farm in Biggs, California, Minnie was the 8th of nine children born to Swedish immigrants Ole and Charlotte Johnson. Always proud of her heritage, Minnie jokingly associated everyone she liked as being "Swedish". Having left the small town for the big city of Sacramento, Minnie worked her way into a successful career as a Supervising Keypunch Operator with the State of California. After marrying Robert Ayers in 1944, Minnie left that career for one of wife and mother. After years of travel and excitement as the wife of an Air Force officer, the family settled in Riverside, CA in 1956.
In a life spanning nearly a century, Minnie experienced and enjoyed many things, her love of all holidays, learning to fly an airplane, travel, witnessing new inventions and technologies, her love of gardening, animals and all things in nature, music, puzzles and The Dodgers to name just a few. Above all else, stood her love for her family, which grew to include seven children, 18 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren (one more on the way), and one great-great grandchild.
Minnie was welcomed into paradise by her beloved family, including her parents, siblings, husband Robert, son William, grandson David Laycock and son-in-law Jim Lovewell. Survived by son Robert (Snow Ping) Ayers Jr.; daughters Roberta Allison, Diana Laycock, Peggy Lovewell, Melanie (David) Cardoza and Wendy Svete; grandchildren, Shawn, De' Anna, Eric, Beckett, John, Jimmy, Tamara, Emily, Eileen, Brian, Steven, Michelle, Tawny, Kyle, Lindsey, Sue and Hon. Also survived by her loyal four-legged "child' Babe.
Minnie will be interred at the Biggs-Gridley Cemetery. Care entrusted to Akes Family Funeral Home.
Remember Minnie with a glass of her favorite Port, and donate to a cause that you hold dear.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 5, 2017
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