Hester Lee Crist December 22, 1930 ~ August 2, 2013

Hester Lee Crist, 82, of Gardner Kansas passed away Friday, August 2, 2013 in Olathe, Kansas.  She was born December 22, 1930 in Asher, Arkansas the daughter of Franklin Eugene and Ola Pearl Smith Wood.

She attended First Baptist Church in Gardner, KS; retired from Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee; loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend; She became a Christian at the age of 5 and her greatest desire was that her family know the Lord; loved gospel music, taught Bible School, taught Sunday School and Den Mother.

Preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Sams.

Survivors include her husband, Clifford Crist of the home to whom she married, April 20, 1992; her children, Gary L. Sams and wife Cheryl of Basehor, KS, Ray A. Sams of Shawnee, KS, Melvin Sams and wife, Jeannine of Van Buren, AR, Pamela Mann and husband, Richard of Shawnee, KS and Shelia McCalmon and husband, Robert of Shawnee, KS; step-children, Raymond Crist and wife, Dee of Baldwin City, KS, Melody Calvert and husband, Ed of Wellsville, KS and Vicky Crist of Wellsville, KS; 1~brother, Mark Wood and wife, Marilyn of Berryville, AR; 6~sisters, Ethel McKee of Prairie Grove, AR, Lou Sanders and husband, Oran of Prairie Grove, Bertha Faye Emrick of Fayetteville, AR, Marilyn Sluder and husband, Jack of Fayetteville, AR and Loretta Devore and husband, Dale of Fayetteville and Sharon Broom of Magnolia, AR;

11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren and 12 step-greatgrandchildren.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Pastor Kenneth Porter officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Crosses.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5~7 PM at the funeral home.


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    Melody Calvert » 05. Aug, 2013

    Memorial Service at 2:30 Sunday August 11th at First Baptist Church of Gardner, KS. Family will meet family and friends following.

    Thomas Terry Lowery » 06. Aug, 2013

    Judy and I are so sorry to hear of Hester’s death. Our prayers are with Clifford and the rest of the family during this time of loss.

    Pam » 14. Aug, 2013

    My mother, Hester often spoke of you and how much she enjoyed your friendship.

    Name » 07. Aug, 2013

    Marliyn, Jack and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God’s peace and never failing strength be with you all. Kay Yerton

    Howard Weigman » 19. Dec, 2013

    Shelia, Sorry I was not aware of your mothers passing until I seen your condolence for my dad. My sympathies and condolences to you and your family belatedly for your loss. I remember your mom as a gentle and sweet lady. Hoping too that she was happy with her second marriage, after losing your dad. Remembering you all in prayer.