Monday, October 11, 2010

Esther Weddington, 104, passed away on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Barry County Care Center in Cassville.

She was born on Sept. 25, 1906, in Eureka Springs, Ark., daughter of Richard Kelley and Jennie Bradley Kelley. She grew up in Eureka Springs and following her high school graduation attended the University of Arkansas for two years, and started her teaching career in 1925. She returned to the university and graduated in 1964. She taught in Arkansas, Washburn, Exeter, Cassville and was teaching in Wheaton when she retired in 1971.

She married John P. Weddington on June 5, 1932, in Eureka Springs, Ark.; he preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1973. They lived in Golden from 1936 until 1946 when they relocated to Cassville and began farming west of town. Esther loved the farm from a very early age, and she enjoyed sports, especially baseball.

She was a long-time member of Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Cassville, where she was an active member in missions. She helped start the "Meals On Wheels" program in Cassville and was the first treasurer of the PEO Chapter in Arkansas.

Survivors include: one son, Richard Weddington and his wife, Wanda, of Cassville; two daughters, Sue Cooper, and her husband J.C., of Wentworth, and Martha Braun, of Neosho; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by five siblings.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church in Cassville with Pastors Danny Heupel and Bob Neeley officiating. Burial will be at Viney Cemetery in Golden. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. prior to funeral services at the church on Thursday.

Memorials to the Baptist Children's Home or the Viney Creek Cemetery may be entrusted to The White Funeral Home and Crematory in Cassville.