Esther Gutshaw Hooper-obit-p.2-26 Jan 1981
Esther Hooper 6:34 at a the are full In at a her in of of Dr. six grandchildren. take at 2 be the the at at one of 6 Park, native a.m. his Thomas Esther Hooper Thomas, 83, of Crawford Apartments, Huntingdon died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 1981 at the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient since Jan. 19. A daughter of Brice and Susan (Cutshall) Gutshall, she was born Dec. 4, 1897 in Meadow Gap, Springfield Township, Huntingdon County. She was twice married. Her first marriage w§s to William H. Hooper, the second to Otho Thomas. Both are deceased. Surviving are four children, Ernest W. Hooper, Altoona; Mrs. Arthur (Lorma V.) Harshbarger and Mrs. Fern F. (Evelyn) Smoker, both of Huntingdon R.D. 3; and Robert F. Hooper, McVeytown McVeytown R.D. 1; six step children, children, Mrs. Ralph (Freda) Briggs, Pittsburgh; Roy Thomas, Aubrey Thomas, Duane Thomas, and Mrs. Katherlne Grissinger, all of Saltillo; and Mrs. Betty Fisher, Mapleton Depot; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was .the last surviving member of her immediate family. Mrs. Thomas was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church'in Mapleton Depot, the Cheerful Givers Sunday School class, and Huntingdon Chapter 159 of the Order of the Eastern Star (she was also an auxiliary officer of the chapter.) Mrs. Thomas was first employed with the Huntingdon Throwing Company (the forerunner of Owens - Corning Fiberglas),,then with Owens Corning Corning Fiberglas, and finally joined the staff of the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1970. She was a lifelong resident of Huntingdon County. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at the John B. Brown Funeral Home in Huntingdon, the Rev. Wayne L. Richards Officiating. Interment will be made in Riverview Cemetery in Huntingdon. An Order of the Eastern Star ceremony will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 and on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the hour of the service.