|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1918|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 2009|
Esther S. Wilson, 90, formerly of Wyoming, died Saturday morning in the Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas.
Esther was born in Plymouth to the late Valentine and Sadie Richards Sipple. She was a 1935 graduate of the Davenport High School of Plymouth and a graduate of the Nesbitt Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1939. She was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps in 1941 and was stationed at Fort Meade, Md., and Camp Picket, Va. In 1942, Esther was one of 52 nurses assigned to the 77th Evacuation Hospital and served as the head surgical nurse caring for the wounded from the African, Sicilian, English, French and German fronts. She was awarded seven Battle Stars, including one for the Kasserine Retreat and one for the Battle of the Bulge. "Captain" Esther received many accolades from the severely wounded men she nursed back to health.
She married Robert J. Wilson, a Captain in the U.S. Army, in Heerlen, Holland, in May of 1945. According to Robert, his greatest challenge during the war was competing with other soldiers for Esther's affection. She was the love of his life.
Esther was discharged with the rank of Captain and, through the GI Bill, received her bachelor's degree in nursing education from Wilkes College in 1954. She taught LPN students at Nesbitt Hospital.
Nursing was not only Esther's vocation, it was her calling. The kindness and compassion she displayed in caring for those wounded in the war continued to be characteristic of Esther throughout her lifetime. She nursed family and friends through sickness and hardships. She welcomed friends and strangers to her home. For many years, Esther and her husband, Bob, volunteered as a host family to international students from the Rotary Exchange Program. Friends and family often dropped in for a visit with Esther knowing she would welcome them with a homemade culinary delight, good conversation, and wise counsel. Her finest moments were those spent cooking and baking for, as well as entertaining, those whom she loved.
Esther was an active member of the Wyoming Presbyterian Church, the Nesbitt Alumni Association, the Nesbitt Auxiliary and the Eastern Star Harmony Chapter 58. Esther's hobbies included crocheting, arts-and-crafts, traveling (she often commented that it was wonderful to be in the Army because she was able to see the world for free) and most importantly, playing pinochle. Her passion for playing pinochle was surpassed only by her desire to defeat all opponents. It should be noted that she combined her love of traveling with her love of cards by organizing pinochle games on the many bus trips she and Bob took. In addition to cooking and baking for family and friends, her finest moments were those in which she soundly defeated family and friends in a rousing game of pinochle.
Esther was preceded in death by three men who adored her, her husband, Robert; and brothers Jack and Valen Sipple.
This kind and gentle woman will be sadly missed by her children, Robert Jr. and his wife, Sharon Gallagher Wilson, Plymouth Meeting; David and his wife, Diane Ferguson Wilson, Tunkhannock; Dr. Janis Wilson Seeley and her husband, Dr. Robert Seeley, Shavertown; grandchildren Jeremy and Rayna Wilson, Mechanicsburg; Nathan Wilson, Glenolden; Meredith and Rachael Wilson, Plymouth Meeting; Jillian and R. Dylan Seeley, Shavertown; Karena Richards, New York; great-grandchild Elizabeth Naomi Wilson, Mechanicsburg; three sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with Pastor Laura Lewis of the Wyoming Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in the Memorial Shrine Park, Carverton. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
MRS. WILSON'S FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CAREGIVERS FROM THE MEADOWS MANOR AND NURSING CENTER FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND COMPASSION DURING HER ILLNESS.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming Monument Repair Fund, c/o Wyoming Borough, 227 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming PA 18644
Valentine Sipple (1895 - 1951)
Memorial Shrine Cemetery
Created by: Clare Bradley
Record added: Dec 23, 2009
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