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Visitation:  6-7 p.m. Tuesday

Funeral:  7:00 p.m. Tuesday

Mrs. Esther May Truax, age 73, of Langston, passed away Friday afternoon, Oct. 24, 2008 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids. The daughter of Charles Loren & Lillian Bell (Smith) King, she was born on May 21, 1935 in Greenville.

For over 27 years Esther worked at the former Gibson Refrigerator Company, was a member of UAW Local 137, liked traveling and handicrafts, and enjoyed music.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ivan E. Truax on March 12, 1978; two sisters, Hazel Renewicz and Marjorie Simmons; and seven brothers, Howard, Clarence, Earl, Kenneth, Stanley Sr., Elmer Sr., and Ernie King.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Donna & Bruce Patterson of Langston; three sisters, Florence Martin of Gowen, Loretta Merritt of Greenville, and Lorraine Packard of Gowen; many, many nieces and nephews; and Esthers devoted feline companion, Shadow.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with visitation on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m.

The Rev. Tom Turner, pastor of the Jesus Non-Denominational Church, will officiate. Burial will take place privately at East Montcalm Cemetery. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Esthers online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on October 24, 2008 at 12:00 am


    04/01/2009 –

    Jon Tomlinson

    I was so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was really one of my favorite ladies. She had such a great sense of humor.
    Love, Jon (Tomlinson)

    11/05/2008 –

    David Duba

    My dearest smypathies to the family and friends of Esther. I am her neapher and I ‘m going to miss her a great deal. One touching memories that I have is that I came over to her house and I made home made barbecue sause and grilled ribs out on to the grill. and she made her homemade mac/Rodney in cheese and then we ate and visited. I was unable to visit her more often then I did but I had to work and continued with school . I feel bad that I could not visit her more often then I did but I cherished the time that we did share. Like I said she will be missed a great deal.
    My dearist sympathies
    David S. DUba

    10/28/2008 –

    Barbara McCallister

    Ester was married to my step father, Ivan Truax. She was a wonderful wife and friend to him and I will always be grateful to her for that. I was so sorry to hear of her passing.
    Barbara Finkbeiner McCallister

    10/28/2008 –

    Brenda (King) Petersen

    You will be missed by many Aunt Esther. I prayed to my Dad(Elmer) and asked him to make sure you are in good hands up there. God bless your family and help them through their loss.
    With love, Brenda

    10/25/2008 –

    clayton (PETE) minzey

    my prayer and thoughts are with you all I’ll miss you very much aunt Ester I love you I know you have gone home to be with god but its hard for us to say good bye so for now It’s see you later PETE

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