WASHINGTON – Elnora “Billie” Lester, 82, died at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Germantown Hills.


WASHINGTON – Elnora “Billie” Lester, 82, died at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in Germantown Hills.

Born Jan. 7, 1926, in Cambria to Roy and Sarah MacNeil Hopkins, she married John Herbert Lester July 20, 1945, in Peoria. He died Oct. 23, 1982.

Also preceding her in death were three children, John Randall Lester, Joseph Patrick Lester and Kelly Jolene Lester; and two sisters, Helen and Laura Mae.

Surviving are two daughters, Vicki Joyce (Stephen) Day of Fairfax, Va., and Scheri Lee (Larry) Wigand of Lacon; two sons, James Adrian Lester of Toulon and Jeffrey Todd (Jeanie) Lester of Spring Bay; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

She was an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington, where she was a Sunday morning greeter and also helped with the parish register in the church office.

Services were May 22 at Hillcrest Memory Gardens in rural Morton. The Rev. Alice Gwin officiated.

Deiters Funeral Home in Washington was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to PAWS.

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