HUMBOLDT - Esther Pearl Patton (n. Sharp), 105 years old, died November 29, 2013 at the Humboldt Care Center South. Visitation will be at 10:00 on Saturday, December 7th at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt, followed at 11:00 by a funeral services, also at Mason-Lindhart. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Clarion.
Esther was born October 5, 1908 to George William and Maude Ann Mattison Sharp in Eagle Grove, Iowa, the sixth of ten children. The family moved to Clarion in 1912 where she received her education and graduated from Clarion High School. June 30, 1928 she married Maynard B. "Pat" Patton and the couple began their married life in Wright County. Over her fifty-one years of married life, Pat's work took Esther to Michigan, Minnesota and all over the Mid-west, but always returning to Wright County - Clarion, Renwick and Goldfield - sometimes straying to Humboldt (1951-53). After Pat passed away in 1979, Esther moved back to Humboldt where she lived the rest of her life. She was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church and a life-time member of the Order of Eastern Stars.
Esther raised four children but often worked outside the home as well. She helped the war effort by sewing uniforms at a garment factory. She and Pat owned and operated the Renwick Electrical Appliance Shop, where she kept books and sold household appliances. Later she clerked at grocery and dime stores, managed a Greyhound Bus Terminal and, at one point, raised hundreds of chickens. However, her real love was always home, garden, knitting, crocheting and thinking about her children and grandchildren. In retirement she loved traveling with the Bank's travel club, playing cards at the Senior Center and e-mailing family. Esther celebrated her 105th birthday in October surrounded by 35 family members who had come from all over the U.S to fete her day.
Esther is survived by her daughters, Beverly Gangstead of Dakota City and Sally Patton of St. Augustine, FL and Murray, KY; her son, Donald W. Patton of Rogers, AR; her brother, Donald Sharp of Clarion; twelve grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Pat; her only sister, Mabel Jones; seven of her eight brothers, Walter, Edward, "Speck", Ernest, Ralph, Willard and Wayne Sharp; her son, Dale Lee Patton; her granddaughter, Sherry Gangstead Clark; her great grandson, Jonathan DeYoung; her son-in-law, James E. Gangstead and her daughter-in-law, Grace L. Patton (Wallkeit).
Her long life and wry sense of humor will be cherished by the many she leaves behind.