Esther I. Utterback, 86, of Toledo, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Carrington Place of Toledo under the care of Iowa River Hospice. Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:30 AM at Christ United Methodist Church Worship Center in Toledo. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 3-6 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Esther was born on June 21, 1925, on a farm north of Toledo to Lester and Edith (Miller) Emerson. She spent all of her life in the Toledo area, attending Toledo Public School graduating in 1943 with a certificate to teach rural school. She taught for nine years in rural schools around Toledo, worked in the Rexall Drug Store, United Food Market and was Toledo City Clerk.
On October 18, 1970, she married Ralph Utterback in the Otterbein Methodist Church in Toledo. She was an active member of the church and Toledo Rebekah Lodge and was active in the Toledo-Tama Kiwanis Club of which Ralph was a member.
Esther I. Utterback
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Ralph on September 17, 2006; two brothers, Kenneth and Russell; and two sisters, Thelma (Ellsworth) Jorgensen and Mildred Emerson.
Survivors include one sister, Doris (Jack) McClure of Tama; three stepchildren, Beth (Steven) Dowd of Coralville, Barb (Duane) Kuenstling of Waterloo and Reverend Bill Utterback of Seattle, WA; three grandchildren, Philip (Amy) Dowd of Tulsa, OK, Sarah Dowd of Cedar Rapids and Shelley (Paul) Beers of Ankeny and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice and Christ United Methodist Church.