Edna Ruth Strickland Hester, age 96, a resident of the Sugar Grove Community in Roane County, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, at NHC of Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Hester was born on Sept. 30, 1916, in the former Wheat Community in Roane County. She grew up in Wheat, and she was one of seven students that graduated from the Wheat High School, Class of 1935.
Mrs. Hester was a Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church in Oliver Springs. She was of strong moral fiber, and she loved the Lord, her family, and her country. In the early years, she taught school at Orchard View, Dyllis, and Oliver Springs schools. She loved children, and she enjoyed watching their development and accomplishments.
She was a homemaker who loved her home, flower gardening, watching various sports, and traveling.