Esther Edna Ovesen, 87, of West Liberty, IA, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at the Simpson Memorial Home, West Liberty, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2:00- 4:00 p.m., Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton. A Funeral Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 6, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilton. Cremation Rites will be accorded following the service. Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church or Compassus Hospice.
Esther was born on May 15, 1932, the daughter of Howard and Edna Belle (Martz) Toyne in Muscatine, Iowa. She graduated from Muscatine High School and later graduated from Muscatine Community College. Esther married Harold Ovesen on June 19, 1952, in Zion Lutheran Church.
Esther was a homemaker who cherished taking care of her family and worked beside her husband on the farm. In her younger years, Esther taught country school. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she was active in the Ladies Aide and Quilting Circle and the Cedar County Farm Bureau. She enjoyed wintering in Texas with her husband, Harold and playing in Card Clubs. Esther also enjoyed sewing, quilting and treasured spending time with her family and friends.
Esther will be dearly missed by her husband, Harold; two children, David (Teresa) Ovesen of Hurst, Texas, and Carol (Joel) Mayberry of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Chad (Julia Hager) Porter, Amos Mayberry, and Sam Mayberry; one great-grandson, Miles Porter; one brother, Clarence (Sandra) Toyne of Muscatine.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Vernon Toyne.