OSKALOOSA — Esther Burbank, 98, of Oskaloosa, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 3, 2014, at the Oskaloosa Care Center.
Esther Edna Burbank, daughter of Worth Nelson and Mabel Faye (Longaker) Burbank, was born, Nov. 29, 1915, near Montezuma. She was a 1934 graduate of Oskaloosa High School. Throughout her life she worked at General Mills, the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) office and Central Book Store. She lastly worked at Big Smith Overall factory, she worked there for over 20 years, concluding her career working in the office. Esther was a member of the Central United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her nieces and nephews, especially cooking and baking for them.
Her family includes a brother, Bill Burbank and a sister, Norma Lee Anderson, both of Oskaloosa; and nine nieces and nephews: John (Marilyn) Owens, of Des Moines, Connie Wymore, of Oskaloosa, Russ (Nancy) Coffey, of Oskaloosa, Karen (Dennis) Fisher, of Oskaloosa, Steve (Coleen) Coffey, of Oskaloosa, Lynda (Jan) Fletcher, of Earlham, Cyndi (Terry) Beavers, of Dyke, Dave Hays, of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Mike (Karen) Hays, of Texas. Also survived by many beloved great- and great-great-neices and -nephews.
In addition to her parents, Esther was preceded in death by her four sisters: Ila Owens, Nelda Coffey, Lois Burbank and Joan Hays, and two brothers: Charles Burbank and an infant brother, Worth Burbank Jr.
Funeral services for Esther will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel with Pastor Tom Boomershine of the Central United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon, Tuesday, at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel; the family will be present from 4-6 p.m. to greet visitors. Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church. Memories and condolences may be made by visiting the online obituary guest book at www.gvlfuneralchapel.com.