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In Loving Memory


Esther Irene Whitling Best
5/6/1929 - 3/11/2011

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Esther Irene Whitling Best, age 81, of Seneca, formerly of Van, died Friday evening, March 11, 2011 at UPMC- Seneca following a sudden illness.

Born May 6, 1929 at Whitlings Corners, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Whitling, Jr., and Crea Biery Whitling.

She married Floyd E. Best on April 15, 1949. He preceded her in death on January 22, 1988.

Mrs. Whitling was a homemaker and mother in her early years. Later, she worked at the Katherine Genevieve Shop in Franklin, then in the deli at Riverside Market where she developed many friendships which continued until the time of her death.

She was a member of the Nickleville Presbyterian Church and enjoyed going out to lunch with friends and family, crocheting, reading and keeping in touch with old friends.

Survivors include a grandson, Daniel A. Best and his wife, Marnie, of Salem, Ohio; two great grandchildren, Cameron and Carlee Best; numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a step-son, Nelson Best and his wife, Lois, of Franklin and their children, Nelson, Pam, Carol, Greg and Wes; step- daughter: Jane Blankenship and her husband, Don, of Kentucky and their children, Deb, Sandy and Vicky; daughter-in-law, Rose Adams of Cranberry and her children, Janel Hanna and Aaron Pertz; several step-great grandchildren including Kyle Hanna and Kaitlyn Hanna, whose birth Esther was present for.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sons: Floyd E. Best, Jr., Kenneth B. Best and Dr. John A. Best, MD. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Howard Whitling; a sister, Sarah Luella Whitling Cotherman and a step grandson, Timothy Morris.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc., 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in the funeral home with Reverend Sue Montgomery, pastor of the Nickleville Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Interment will follow in the Zion Union Cemetery, Emlenton.

Online condolences may be sent to Esther’s family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com



Online Condolences


From:  Tom , Cindy Hanna   Seneca


Relationship:  Friend



Ester was a sweet and gentle spirited lady. She always had a precious smile. We enjoyed holiday dinners together at Jason and Janel's. She's now resting in the arms of Jesus. We have the blessed hope of seeing her again in Glory.

Sent:  3/14/2011


From:  charlene   shippenville


Relationship:  neice inlaw (toms wife)



aunt esther,I will miss you dearly.you are such a kind and out spoken women you taught me to speak up and say what you think which may be a good thing or bad thing but I know you ment well. I loved our vists and I wished we would of stop by more sorry aunt esther..but I really do love you and hope that you enjoy being with your sons and husband and sister again ,I will be reunighted with you some day, thank you for your beautiful hug and smiles you gave all of us we will treasure it forever,may you rest in peace god bless you. love charlene

Sent:  3/15/2011


From:  Betty Hall   Raleigh


Relationship:  second cousin



God be with the family

Sent:  3/15/2011


From:  Rose Adams   Cranberry


Relationship:  Daughter-in-law



Dear Grammy, You have been my mother since my mother died when I was 27. I will always remember the wonderful food you prepared for all our get togethers. It was the best. I will have to practice the Texas Sheet Cake recipe so I can make the birthday cakes from now on. I will remember all our trips to Butler and Erie and of course the Thrift stores. We loved our styln' and profiln' in our new clothes. I will remember the doctors offices we sat in...you with me, and me with you. I will remember our trips to the Amish farms and I missed you at Walmart with me this week. I will always remember the old wives tales, and the farmers almanac. I have many many good memories of you Grammy, they are precious to me. Just save a seat for me in God's glorious kingdom, when we meet again. Love you...Remember "a bushel and a peck" Rose.

Sent:  3/18/2011


From:  JANEL HANNA and kids   CRANBERRY


Relationship:  GRAND DAUGHTER



GRAMMY, It is so hard to believe that you are gone from us.We miss you already.I know you are in a beautiful place now.I know you are up there enjoying the boys and Floyds company again.I'm sure you have alot to tell them about! I will see you again Gram,Ilove you.

Sent:  3/21/2011


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