She was born April 8, 1914 at Saybrook, Ill. to Oscar and Opal (Wright) Means. She graduated from Saybrook High School in 1931 and four years later, received her Bachelor Degree from the University of Illinois. Hester taught school for 24 years, starting in the one room country school near Saybrook. Following that she taught high school home economics at Saunemin, Ill., Medora, Ill. and Mishawaka, Ind. She ended her teaching career back in the Saybrook-Arrowsmith District teaching her favorite age, second and third graders. She was united in marriage to Paige N. Arbogast on June 14, 1946 in Saybrook,Ill. The union was blessed with three children: Lynn Nolan, Jerry Reid, and Linda Sue.
Hester was active in the East Avenue United Methodist Church in York and a former member of Wesbein United Methodist Church in Saybrook, Ill. She enjoyed serving her church through United Methodist Women and as a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of Saybrook’s Progressive Literary Club and volunteered at Epworth Village in York. She served on the Board of Directors for the York Senior Center at its inception and assisted with adult education classes in York.
Survivors include her son, Lynn (Verna) Arbogast of Hanover Park, Ill. and daughter, Linda (Ronald) Goertzen of Henderson. Seven grandchildren, Ronald Sewell, Bryan (Stacey) Sewell, Anthony (Robyn) Arbogast, Wes (Heather) Goertzen, Jay (Elizabeth) Goertzen, Janene (Thayne) Sparke and Ned Goertzen. Eight great-grandchildren, Addison, Jackson, Brooklyn, Maeve, Amanda, Grace, Leo and Rosie. Hester is also survived by her sister, Rachel Nedrow of Norfolk and nieces and nephews.
Hester was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paige (1995); son, Jerry (1963); brother, Elmer Means and wife, Micky and brother-in-law, Roy Nedrow.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at the Metz Chapel in York. Memorials can be given to Grace Children’s Home, York College Choir or Henderson Care Center.
Hester was very grateful for the new friends she and Paige made after moving to York in 1989. She experienced wonderful care and living conditions for 11 years at the Henderson Care Center. Thank you to each worker who loved her and made it “home” for her. Thank you to AseraCare for coming alongside Hester in her final months.God Bless You All!