Esther Crook

Esther Crook

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NORMAL — Esther Juanita Crook, 95, Normal, died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday (April 21, 2012) at Heartland Health Care Center, Normal.

Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Dr. Ralph E. Wingate Jr. will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Health Care Center, Normal. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 31, 1917, in Weldon, daughter of Arby Ray Smalley and Bessie May Gray Smalley.

Surviving are a brother, James Gray Smalley, Morehead, Ky.; grandchildren, Regina Thompson and Cheryl Galbreath, both of North Port, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by one aunt, Virginia Reeser, Monticello. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two late husbands, Richard Doty and Charles Crook, who died many years apart; and one son, Richard Doty.  

Esther and her late husband, Charles Crook, worked for more than two decades for State Farm Insurance Cos., Bloomington, before retirement.

The main focus in Esther’s life was always the special occasions spent with friends and family. She will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved her.

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