Esther Hovey

Visitation: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt, with a vigil service at 5 p.m.

SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt, with the Rev. H. Robert Harness officiating.

DEWITT — Esther G. Hovey, 78, of DeWitt, died Thursday at Genesis Medical Center – DeWitt.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eric and Brent Baxter, Jeremy, Rick and Randy Dunlavey and Kyle Hovey.

She was born Jan. 28, 1929, in DeWitt to Edward J. and Hazel Mae Butterfield McManus. She married Lyman Hovey on Jan. 28, 1950. He died March 25, 1973.

She had worked at First Central State Bank, DeWitt, and retired from Iowa Mutual Insurance Company in September 1987. She later worked at DeWitt Community Hospital.

Survivors include her children, Patricia (Dennis) McClintic of DeWitt, Christine (Mike) Dunlavey of Lost Nation; Dean (Theresa) Hovey of DeWitt, Cynthia Jo Willis of DeWitt; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Eugene (Edna) McManus of DeWitt; and nieces and nephews.

Online condolences can be made at

She was preceded in death by her husband, a grandson, her parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Death date: March 1, 2007

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