YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Sunset came on Friday, April 12, 2013, for Mrs. Esther Lee Mercer, when God called her home.
She died peacefully, after a short illness in the home she shared with her precious devoted daughter, Barbara Carpenter.
Esther, who was the centerpiece of the family, was a very kind hearted and generous person. Although she was petite in stature, she was feisty and quick witted. She brought the family humor and joy. She was a woman of integrity and she was filled with the joy of the Lord.
She was born on Sept. 3, 1912, to Elijah and Willie Ann Hubbard in Rustburg, Virginia.
The family moved to Youngstown, Ohio a year after World War I had ended in 1919. The stories she told of the struggles and the joys that the family endured during the Great Depression were emotional and inspirational.
She held several different jobs as a young woman, but her account of working at the Ravenna Arsenal during World War II was by far the most interesting.
In 1944, Esther became a member of the Greater Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. B.J. Myers. She served as an usher for many years.
In 1959, she married John Mercer and they were happily married until his death in 1991.
Aside from her daughter, Barbara Carpenter, Esther leaves her grandson, Kenneth Carpenter Jr. She also leaves a niece, Mrs. Esther Smith and great-nieces Pamela Ruffin and Gwendolyn Smith. She also leaves a host of great-nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her wonderful son-in-law, Kenneth Carpenter Sr., who died in March of 2011; two sisters, Ruby, who died at a young age and Mrs. Helen Langley, who passed away in 1990; and her niece, Grace B. Jones, passed away in 2006.
A private service and interment were held at Lake Park Cemetery on Thursday, April 18, 2013.
The burial arrangements were handled by the Sterling McCullough Williams Funeral Home.