Esther Irene Wilton, 96

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Esther Irene (Wortman) Wilton passed away from this earth to her heavenly home on May 19, 2023 at her home in Blue Hill Azria Health Care in Blue Hill, Nebraska.
Esther was born on September 29, 1926 to Emerson and Marie (Johnson) Wortman in rural Adams County, Nebraska. She grew up with her two siblings in Adams County. She attended rural Adams County grade school, 7th and 8th grade at Zion Lutheran School, Hastings, Nebraska, first three years of high school at Hastings High, and graduated high school in 1944 from Superior High School in Superior, Nebraska. After graduation she worked three years at Hesteds Dime Store in Superior. She was baptized October 26, 1926 at her parents' home and was confirmed in 1940 at Zion Lutheran Church of Hastings, Nebraska.
She married Ralph Wilton on September 11, 1949 at Superior, Nebraska. To this union one daughter and five sons were born: an infant daughter, Richard "Rich", Larry, Duane, David, and Alan. She raised their family on a farm in rural Nuckolls County, west of Superior. After moving to Superior in 1989, she worked at Price Funeral Home for 30 years. She also cleaned houses and her church for 38 years and volunteered at the Nifty Thrifty, a local thrift store that raised money for the Broadstone Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
She was a member of Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior. She served 62 years in the Lutheran Woman's Mission League (LWML), helping with church, community, and funeral meals and anything else that was done. She lived in Superior, Nebraska, for 31 years, moving to The Kensington in 2020 after the death of her youngest son.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph, in 2010; infant daughter born into the arms of Jesus in 1950; sons, Duane Rex in 1989, and Alan Lee in 2020; and one grandson, Brandy Wilton in 2004.
Leaving to cherish her memory are her sons, Rich and Donna Wilton of Hastings, Nebraska, Larry Wilton of Grand Island, Nebraska, and David Wilton of Grand Island, Nebraska; granddaughters, Brooklyn (Dan) Fullerton of Lincoln, Nebraska, April Musgrave of Nelson, Nebraska, Jonathon Wilton, formerly of Grand Island, Laura Wilton, formerly of Grand Island, Joshua Wilton, formerly of Grand Island; great-grandchildren, Nick Fullerton of Lincoln, Nebraska, Alaina (Laini) Fullerton of Lincoln, Nebraska, and fiancé Cole Gocke of Syracuse, Nebraska, Kasen Musgrave of Nelson, Nebraska, and Kip Musgrave of Nelson, Nebraska; one sister, Delores (Dee) Fullerton of Hastings, Nebraska, and one brother, Leonard (Evelyn) Wortman of Fairbury, Nebraska; one step-granddaughter, Julie Brown of Grand Island, Nebraska; one step great-granddaughter, McKayla Brown (Aaron Gonzalez) of Hastings, Nebraska, and two step great-great grandsons, Aaron T. Gonzalez and Alexander (Alex) Gonzalez, both of Hastings, Nebraska; nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Centennial Lutheran Church, Superior, Nebraska, Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 2:30 pm. Pastor Greg Schaffer will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Superior, Nebraska.
Memorials may be directed to Centennial Lutheran Church of Superior, Nebraska.
Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N. Commercial, Superior, Nebraska 68978 Phone 402-879-3900

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