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Esther L. Harms

Joe Denoyer - September 24, 2018 10:50 am

Esther L. Harms, age 99, passed away Monday, September 17, 2018, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.
She was born September 4, 1919, in rural Meade, the daughter of Jacob and Lena (Pauls) Wiens.  As a young girl she attended a one-room school and later Sunrise School, both in rural Meade.  She attended high school at boarding schools; first two years at Zoar Bible Academy (Inman, KS) and the last two at Tabor College Academy (Hillsboro, KS). In 1939, she attended one semester as a college freshman at Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS).  
 
She quit college to marry her husband, Herman D. Harms.  They were married on April 28, 1940 in Meade, at the Bruderthol Church (now Countryside Bible Church).  After their marriage, the couple made their home in Dallas, Oregon.   In 1946, they moved back to Meade.  She was a homemaker until all the children left home.  In 1970, she worked part time as a cook at Lone Tree Lodge for 18 years.  
 
She accepted Christ as her personal Savior as an 8th grader and was baptized in a creek close by the church in November, 1932.  She has been a life-long, active member of the Countryside Bible Church, rural Meade.
 
Survivors include two sons, Ken Harms and wife Patti of Wichita, Kansas, and Marvin Harms and wife Barb of Lincoln, Nebraska; a son-in-law, Larry Becker; a brother, Ed Wiens of Valparaiso, Indiana; a sister, Helen Friesen of Meade; nine grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.
 
She is preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Patricia Becker; her parents; three brothers, Eldo, Erwin, and Elmer Wiens; and two sisters, Frieda Isaac and Agatha Isaac.
 
Celebration for a Life Well Lived will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2018, at the Countryside Bible Church, rural Meade.  A burial service will be held prior to the service for close friends and family at 10:30 a.m.   Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday with the family present from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will be in the Countryside Bible Church Cemetery.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome memorials to the Countryside Bible Church or the Beam Senior Center in care of the funeral home.
 
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com