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Esther Marie Binns was born on May 27, 1918, near Leighton, Iowa, the daughter of Russell H. and Lottie (Houser) Binns. She was the second of five children born to Russell and Lottie. She grew up on the family farm where she was born and attended rural schools in that area until completing eighth grade. Esther married Lyle Fridlington on 15 January 1937, at the Methodist Church parsonage in Kirksville, Missouri. After marriage, the couple lived on a farm near Bussey, Iowa for a time before moving to a farm near Harvey, Iowa, where they began raising their children. In 1949 they moved to a farm near Tracy, Iowa, where they made their home until 1985 when they moved to Knoxville, Iowa. Lyle died in 2003 and Esther continued in the home until moving to an assisted living facility in Knoxville in 2010. She passed away at Homestead of Knoxville on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the advanced age of 99 years, five months and 12 days. Esther was a homemaker for virtually all of her adult life, and was especially resourceful in raising and lovingly tending her family of five children. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, quilting and sewing clothes, and making stuffed toys for her grandchildren. When younger, she and Lyle enjoyed dancing and roller skating when time allowed. After retirement, she and Lyle were able to spend many winters in Florida, Texas and Arizona with their friends and other family members. She always enjoyed preparing meals for large family gatherings over the years. Esther is survived by her four sons: Jerry Fridlington and his wife, Patricia of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kenneth Fridlington of Knoxville, Keith Fridlington and his wife, Linda of Knoxville, David Fridlington of Knoxville; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle; her daughter, Carolyn Blackman and her husband, Roger Blackman; a daughter- in- law, Susan Fridlington; her parents; her three sisters: Lily Stroud, Mary Barnes, Dorothy Fox; and her brother, Harold Binns. Esther was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville and the Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 13, at the Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville.
Published on November 17, 2017
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