Esther Elizabeth Maloney, 88, of Humboldt, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
Esther was born Nov. 3, 1924, at Winterset, Iowa, the daughter of Archie and Lottie (Johnson) Rockwell. She came to Kansas with her family in a covered wagon.
On May 20, 1942, she married William R. “Russ” Maloney and they made their home in Iola before moving to Humboldt. He preceded her in death May 7, 1988.
Esther worked for Miller Dress Factory in Iola for 32 years and then for Walmart for 18 years before retiring. She had recently moved to Neodesha to be near family.
Survivors are one son William E. “Bill” Maloney of Humboldt, four daughters, Barbara Stalnaker of Iola, Evelyn Knapp of Yates Center, Betty Nicolay of Baldwin City and Brenda Gutierrez of Neodesha, one step-son William R. “Bill” Maloney, Jr. of Yachats, Ore., one step-daughter, Jerry Thomas of Dover, 21 grandchildren, and a number of great- and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandchild, Christopher Clements, great-grandchild, Britni Proctor, two brothers, Harold and Joe and four sisters, Pearl, Rosella, Leona and Irene.
Cremation has occurred.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Inurnment will be at Highland Cemetery, Iola.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Veterans Memorial Wall and left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel, which is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences for the family may be left on www.iolafuneral.com.
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