Esther Naomi (White) Withem, age 101, of Spencer was called home by her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 surrounded by her family and friends at Owen Valley Health Campus. Born November 4, 1917 in Spencer to Nora and Clarence White, she was a devout Christian and a devoted mother and homemaker. At age 79 she earned her diploma from Liberty University, which was presented to her by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. The Brazos Valley Family Worship Center in Bryan, Texas named their sanctuary Esther’s Chapel to honor her encouragement, guidance and generosity.
Married to Paris E. Withem on May 3, 1936, Esther and Paris raised nine children, Sybil, Peter, Nona, Cheryl, Alice, Joel, Timothy, Stephen, and Rebecca. She is survived by Pete (Teletha) Withem of Spencer, Nonie Mobley of Ellettsville, daughter-in-law, Juanita Withem of College Station, TX, Alice Huff of Bloomington, Tim Withem of Spencer, Steve (Cindy) Withem of Spencer; sixteen grandchildren; forty-five great-grandchildren; twenty six great-great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews, and cousins too numerous to mention.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence White; mother, Nora Wall Ooley; step-father, Walter Ooley; husband, Paris Withem; second husband, Jack Withem; daughter, Cheryl and husband William Newforth; daughter, Sybil and husband James Butcher, daughter, Rebecca Withem and son, Rev. Joel Withem. Her siblings who all preceded her in death were Cecil White, Charles “Pod” White, Bob White, Alice White Corea, Bill White, Bob Ooley, Jean Ooley Nicholson, and Alene Ooley Ridgeway.
Funeral services will be held at Chandler Funeral Home in Ellettsville on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Tammy Lowe officiating. Burial is to follow at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00. Share condolences, memories and more with Esther’s family at www.chandlerfh.com
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Brazos Valley Family Worship Center, 4839 N. Texas Ave. Bryan, TX 77803