Esther was born on October 24, 1921 in Clara, Missouri, one of sixteen children of John and Fannie (Pollard) Davis.
Esther attended school at the Rocky Branch country school and later moved to Springfield, Missouri, where she met and married a fine man, Glenn E. Hooper of Galloway, Missouri. They were married 16 years and shared five beautiful children together. In the years of this union Esther continued her education and became a wonderful beautician. She trained many young ladies throughout her long carrier.
Years later in 1958, Esther was united in marriage to Ray G. Hobbs in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1960, Ray and Esther moved to Cabool and bought a lovely farm. She lived, raised children, grandchildren and resided there until November 9, 2017 when she was admitted to the nursing home.
Esther owned and operated four beauty salons across Missouri over the years; after moving to Cabool she opened her salon on Highway 60. She later built a new salon and nursery where she cared for many children on Hobbs Lane on the family farm.
Esther was very creative. She was a true artist; whatever her hands touched she could create true beauty. She did lovely pieces of ceramics, carpentry, wood working, architectural work, cooking and canning. She was a phenomenal seamstress, making her girls clothes when they were young. Esther was a mother, grandmother, great- and great-great-grandmother who was stern and loving until her last moments on this earth. She never wavered from her God-fearing beliefs. She taught her family to respect, be of good character, loyalty and honesty to themselves and others. In her middle years she even learned to play piano, where they would gather and sing hymns, laugh and enjoy one another.
Esther was one of sixteen children of which twelve grew up to live lives of happiness and close family ties together. All the following have preceded her except for her brother, Arlin Davis (Eunice) of Cabool — Cora Frisbee, Alfred “Buck” Davis, Albert Davis, Charlie Davis, Nellie Mead, Velma Mead, Hazel Noel, Bill Davis, Gene Davis and Ruby Davis.
Glenn Hooper and Ray Hobbs have gone before Esther to live with our Heavenly Father. Those following were Glenda and William (Bill) Bergantine of Kansas City; Loretta Sue- stillborn of Littleton, California; and son-in-law, Silas Ashley of Liberty, Missouri.
Those surviving in the grace of light are James Franklin (Myrna) of Los Angeles, California; Shirley (LeRoy) Schoessel of Cabool; Saundra Ashley of Liberty; a brother, Arlin Davis (Eunice) of Cabool; grandchildren, Kim Robert Bennett (Denise) of Phoenix, Arizona, Terry Bennett Harden of Jefferson City, Missouri, Barney Ray Bergantine of Kansas City, and Stephanie Ewing of Kansas City; great-grandchildren, Tabitha Kephart (Jamie), Stephen Lindey Bergantine, Phillip Ray Bergatine, Borney Gene Bergantine, Alexandra (Lonnie) Irvin, Danielle (Eric) Stegeman, Benjamin Natsch and Seth Ewing; great-great-grandchildren, Canves Kephart, Brooke Lynn Irvin, Charlie Bergantine, Harper Bergantine, Zachary Irvin and Emmilynn Irvin; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation was held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2018, at the funeral home with her service following at 11:00 a.m. Interment was at Cabool Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home, Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.