Esther Jane Smathers

| January 2, 2019

Esther Jane Smathers, of Limestone, went home to heaven on January 2, 2019, surrounded by her family at Clarion Hospital after a brief illness. She was 92 years of age.

Jane was born on April 30, 1926, in Monroe Township, Clarion County, the daughter of the late G. Franklin and Goldie (Henry) Servey. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She attended the Delp and Sloan one-room schools before she had to leave to help tend to the family farm.

On December 6, 1944, she married H. Gorman Smathers. Together they raised a family and celebrated more than 40 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on December 16, 1985.

Jane is survived by her children, Martha (Don) Haggerty, of Clarion, Kay (Ray) Miller, of Clarion, Alice (Dennis) Swartzfager, of New Bethlehem, Harry (Cheryl) Smathers, of New Bethlehem, David (Che-Che) Smathers, of New Bethlehem, and Nancy (Scott) Huffman, of Shippenville; her 14 grandchildren; and her 26 great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by two very special nieces who were like daughters and helped care for her, Janet (Perry) Zeigler and Mary (John) Keister. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Leona Servey, of Reidsburg.

In addition to her parents, husband, and siblings, Jane was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles, a great-granddaughter, Addison Haggerty, and infant twin grandchildren.

She loved to get on her Cub Cadet and mow her yard, two or three times a week, until her health prevented it. She loved her family, and playing a good joke on someone just so they all could have a good laugh, and enjoy life. Her family loved her raisin-filled cookies and sweets. She loved all things sweet. Her family and her farm were her life. She dedicated her life to them.

Jane was a member of the First Baptist Church of Limestone, a past Board member and now honorary member of the Limestone Cemetery Association.

Memorial donations may be made in Jane’s name to Limestone Cemetery Association, 321 Smathers Rd., New Bethlehem PA 16242, or First Baptist Church of Limestone, 9327 Rt. 66, Limestone PA 16234.

Arrangements are under the care of the Goble Funeral Home and Crematory, 330 Wood Street in Clarion where visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. An additional visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church of Limestone on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m at the church with Pastor Wayne Burchwell officiating. Interment will be in the Limestone Cemetery.

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