12/7/1939 – 1/19/2020
Esther Effie Wilson was born on December 7, 1939, to Earl and Evelyn Spence in Lewis County, Kentucky. Upon her parents’ deaths, Esther was raised by her mother’s best friends, Herb and Dora Evans.
Esther married the love of her life, at Bowen Chapel Church in Olive Hill, Kentucky, on December 24, 1956. She then graduated from Olive Hill High School in 1957.
In 1976, Esther, her husband, and their three children moved to New Mexico, with a fire in their hearts to make Christ Jesus know to the Navajo Reservations as Missionaries. They founded and established five churches throughout New Mexico and Arizona. She stayed active in Mission work until 2008.
A strong, gentle, and kind person, Esther loved the Lord. She was admired for her beautiful heart, her knack of making a beautiful home, growing roses, and good country cooking. Esther was a wonderful wife and even a better mother to three children. She was nicknamed “Shuggie,” “Pumpsies,” “Queen Esther,” “Grandma,” “Aunt Esther,” and “Tuffy,” by her friends and family, and “Toots” by her Dad. “Tuffy” was a name she earned from many health issues she faced and overcame. We think she had nine lives! Esther had a colostomy bag she named after Hillary Clinton. We asked her why she chose that name and she said, “Well, Dear, isn’t that obvious?” She was a spitfire.
She loved riding in her grandson, Bronson’s semi, hauling livestock from ranch to ranch and checking cows with him. She also loved riding in the side-by-side with Garrett and Madison. Kisses from Tripp were the best! Esther treasured the hugs, and FaceTime calls from Conner and Creed and loved holding Courtney and her curly noggin. She loved Analia lying beside her in her hospital bed. Her heart was full of love for her family, and she showed love to everyone she met. Esther loved Mike’s hugs! She also loved spurring with David Corn. Esther loved the gentle love of the entire Corn Family!
Esther loved to give and receive hugs. Everyone that she passed in the halls of Sunset Nursing Home would get or give her hugs.
Preceding Esther in death were her maternal parents, foster parents, son Carl David Wilson, along with the love of her life, Avery Wilson, Jr.
Those left to cherish memories of Esther are her daughters: Corrina Kay Wilson and Jennifer Corn and husband Mike Corn; her beautiful grandchildren: Jessica Cowden and husband Craig, Bronson Corn and wife Barbara, Jennifer Dru Corn, Carl David Wilson, Jr. and wife AnaMaria, Meagan Wilson, Travis Avery Wilson, Mariah Ortiz, Tiffany Jarmillo and husband Josh; and eighteen great-grandchildren.
On behalf of Esther, she asked us to say, “Thank you to all the amazing people that helped to care for Me, Elesia, Sylvia, Angela, Julia, Julie, Evelyn, and Stephanie for your kind love and care. Peter Stover. And a special thank you in my last days to Loretta, and my sweet Amy and all the aids that saw after me in my final days, and Kindred Hospice for keeping everyone on their toes.“
Esther will be intern beside her beloved with Graveside Services held at the Bowen Chapel Cemetery in Olive Hilly, Kentucky, that date has not yet been determined.
Honorary pallbearers: BA, CD, Garrett, Conner, Creed, Courtney, Tripp, and Madison.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my
head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
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Esther’s tribute was lovingly written in her honor by her family.