Esther McCloud died Thursday, February 5th 2015 at Kansas Christian Home. She was born Esther Mae Hummel on May 13, 1922 to Reuben Dell and Edith Annice (Wyncoop) Hummel in Newton, Kansas. She grew up and attended school in Towanda and El Dorado, Kansas. After working at Boeing Esther enlisted in the United States Women’s Army Corps, and was a WW II veteran serving from 1943-1945, where she met and married the love of her life Billy Marvin McCloud. They were married November 2, 1945. Daughters Jannice Anne and Nancy Kaye were born to this union.
As a young girl Esther answered an altar call and committed her life to Christ. Esther continually memorized the scriptures as well as many hymns that were special to her. She was a member of Newton Bible Church where in years past she taught Sunday School, VBS and was in a number of ladies Bible studies. She worked with the ladies on missionary projects and was a Pioneer Girls Pal. Esther was an avid reader, especially books on the scriptures, and kept up on current and worldwide affairs as well as local events. She always enjoyed camping and fishing, baking, sewing and crafts. She especially enjoyed working in her yard.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband Bill, brothers Mervin and Harry Hummel, twin sisters Thelma Elder and Velma Betty and sister Irene French.
She is survived by brothers Roy (Betty) Hummel of Fall River, KS and Bob (Barbara) Hummel of Mountain Home, AR; daughter Jan McCloud and Nancy and (Richard) Parsons both of Newton, KS; grandsons: Christopher (Jerri Rene) Parsons of Hutchinson, KS and Andrew (Jerri Kay) Parsons of North Newton, KS; Great Grandchildren Jessica (Kyle) Werner, Danielle, Ryan and Kaitlyn Parsons all of Hutchinson, Mackenzie Parsons of North Newton and three week old great great grandson Jaxston Werner of Hutchinson, KS. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Newton Bible Church with Pastors Matt Kruse and Ted Veer presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Private family burial will be in Whitewater Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Newton Bible Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.