Esther F. Carriker, 93, of Litchfield, passed away Wed., July 18, 2018 at 10:24 a.m. in her home. She was born on Sept. 27, 1924 in Shaw’s Point Township in Macoupin County, IL, a daughter of Leslie Dorman & Nona Maude (Hodges) Fuller. She graduated from Litchfield High School with the Class of 1941. She taught elementary education at Tennessee School near Oconee after receiving a war emergency certificate. She also worked as a civil service clerk at the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station in Newport, RI, and at Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Litchfield as an office manager and bookkeeper for 15 years. She was a licensed local lay pastor with the United Methodist Church and served at several area churches until retiring in 1999. Esther was a member of Carlyle Church of God in Carlyle, IL, and attended Living Stones in Litchfield. She loved working crossword puzzles, camping and reading, but most of all, loved being with her family. She married Philip Raymond Carriker on Apr. 29, 1943 in Miami, FL. He preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 2010. She is survived by:
4 daughters, Evelyn (Ivan) Blankenship of Litchfield
Donna (Randy) Hayes of Polo
Marie Towell of Carlyle
Nona (Steven) Tosetti of Nokomis
8 grandchildren, Neal (Shelley) Blankenship of Witt
Colin (Heather) Hayes of Aurora
Gary (Jennifer) Towell of Carlyle
Eric Towell (companion, Samantha McGee) of Carlyle
Joseph (Stacy) Tosetti of Nokomis
Jamie Tosetti (companion, Mike Sloe) of Springfield
Julia (Ben) Thornton of Witt
James Tosetti of Nokomis
Niece, Jean Sikorski of Litchfield
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 1 brother, Kenneth, in infancy; 2 sisters, Agnes Briggs & Eunice, in infancy; son-in-law, Larry Towell.
Funeral services will be held Mon., July 23, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. Rev. Charles Waggoner, of Church of God in Norris City, will officiate. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be held Monday from 12 p.m. until service time.