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Esther V. Kerns
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Esther V. Kerns

Esther V. Kerns, 99, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at a local healthcare facility.
She was born October 24, 1917 to Urb and Bessie (Boyer) Kerns in Easton, Missouri.
She married R. O. Curtis Kerns on March 18, 1938. He preceded her in death after 62 years of marriage on September 8, 2000.
Mrs. Kerns was a faithful and active member of McCarthy Baptist Church, where she was the Director of the Women’s Missionary Union, taught Sunday school and worked as a care giver for the daycare.
Esther was a great cook and loved to cook meals for the church. She also cooked a large dinner every Sunday at her home with an open door for whoever wanted to join. She was very loving, caring and never met a stranger. At her 99th birthday party this past October over 300 people attended.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Helen and Margerette Kerns, Bernice Rainalter and Louise Pankau; brothers, William, Jack and Ralph Kerns; and daughter-in-law, Charlotte Kerns.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna Riddick (Jack), Agency, Missouri; sons, Curtis Kerns, St. Joseph and Donald Kerns (Kathleen), Weston, Missouri; grandchildren, Jodi Hollingsworth (Mike), Jeffery Riddick and Lisa Montgomery (Matt), all of St. Joseph; great grandchildren, Lyndsey, Scott, Ginny, Zoey, Lauren and Holly; seven great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, McCarthy Baptist Church. Interment Kerns Freeman Cemetery, Easton, Missouri. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Mrs. Kerns will be removed from Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory to arrive at the church one hour prior to the service. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to Kerns Freeman Cemetery, Easton, Missouri or McCarthy Baptist Church.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory

5005 Frederick Blvd.
Saint Joseph, MO 64506





1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
McCarthy Baptist Church

2710 S. Belt Hwy.
St. Joseph, MO 64503

Memorial Contribution

Kerns Freeman Cemetery

Easton, MO

McCarthy Baptist Church


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