Meet Esther, 1-21-24

I’d like to introduce you to a lovely lady from my church whose life is very full with family and friends. I have picked her as our next card recipient.

Esther and Ray Helps

Esther is 85 years old and lives in Garner – she lost her husband of 62 years 3 years ago. Ray and Esther farmed in the area and Esther loved being outside helping with the milk cows and chickens. After Ray sold the herd of cows Esther kept one cow that she milked for her family’s use of milk and butter. She raised broilers for many years and then in the 1980’s she got a job in town at a business called PAR Products where curtains, cushions and upholstery was constructed for Winnebago motor homes which were made 25 miles away.

Ray and Esther had two girls – Nancy who has two boys and Tracy who has 2 girls. After retirement Ray and Esther made their winter home in McAllen, TX – Esther loved the Rio Grande Valley.

Esther, one of 11 girls, has macular degeneration and recently had a stroke. Her sight is definitely compromised so she listens to news, music and church programs yet she can spell and write out a grocery list. Strange, isn’t it?

She has a cat named Fluffy.
She loves playing Dominoes!
She rode in the cab with Chase when he was working ground.

Esther deserves to be our next card recipient, don’t you think?

Esther Helps

604 Fairway Circle

Garner, IA. 50438

Don’t forget – tell her how you know her – otherwise she’ll think it’s a prank! You know she’s going to think this is a really fun thing, don’t you? Having people she doesn’t even know send her a card to let her know they were thinking about her?

Thank you for doing this – kindness matters.

24 thoughts on “Meet Esther, 1-21-24

  1. Dee from Shell Rock

    On it! When the one granddaughter was young, I bought her a set of black and white dominoes so her and her great grandma could play. Many happy games were played with those.

  2. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l hope Esther gets lots of cards! It’s interesting hearing about all the older people and their lives.l got introduced to the dogs next door today , 2 malamutes German shepherd crosses, Bruno is a beautiful big boy but blind, je gets encouraged to bark at my dog9when l take her outside) by mischa the female,just establishing their territory! another warm day! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  3. Linda in MI

    Not only will this be fun for Esther I think it’s fun for your “fans”! We can never have too many friends and having another one in Iowa is so nice. I hope everyone joins in and sends Esther good wishes and love.

  4. pat farrell

    Mary I think the idea of sending cards is great. I enjoy sending cards to family and friends and
    even though the new thing is text messages or email cards I like sending cards. Cards are
    expensive so the thought of cards can be over whelming. So I hit the dollar store as to me it isn’t
    the price of the card it is the thought. It is the fun of getting a piece of mail not a bill or advertisement
    or a catalog .It is just the fun of mail. Thank you Mary for being so thoughtful specially of us that have
    a loved one floating by with their Angel Wings.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat – I agree – cards are so expensive so it’s like buying a gift – it really IS the thought that counts. Tell me about your loved one who has their Angel Wings.

  5. Kim from Wi

    Thank you for bringing Esther into our realm. Will get a card in the mail. Kindness does matter and it makes a difference for the giver and the receiver.

  6. Mareen

    Call Mary you picked another good one I can’t say I know Esther even though I’ve lived in Garner oh my life but I do now through you and I will send her a card. You sure do have a lot of helpers when you’re sewing and cooking don’t you take care and have a good day everyone Thank you for thinking of doing this for her Mary

  7. Mareen

    Oh my gosh Mary all kinds of auto correct needed …so sorry

    Oh all my life and punctuation marks too ugh

  8. Janet Easley

    I’d be happy to send a note to Esther. Is it okay to send a note to other ladies we met last year? Jan in AZ

  9. Marsha in Michigan

    I love that you are doing this, Mary. It’s often the little things that can make someone’s day!

  10. Jill Klop

    I just got a card in the mail! I had some cards with Texas Bluebonnets on it! Thought she might like a pretty reminder of Texas!

      1. Jill Klop

        I have to strike when I’m hot! Ha ha. That means I actually had a few minutes when I read your post and just did it! I need to buy more stamps so I’m ready for the next round!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Nancy – yes, a broiler Is a chicken bred to get large quickly and then butchered.

  11. Patty T

    Just sent a card/note to Esther. I could relate to her with the family farm and also being a Teacher of the Visually Impaired. It really shows how much we have in common with strangers. Love the kindness! FYI- Trader Joe stores have wonderful cards for $1.99!

  12. Sheryl Harrison

    My neighbor rode with me to town this afternoon to run errands. I stopped at the Family Dollar store to pick up some cards and I told my neighbor about Esther. She asked me to text Esther’s address to her and she said she and her daughter will both send cards. I hope Esther is showered with lots of cards!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sheryl – by this Sunday I’m sure she will have received some cards – I hope I can see her after church!

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