Esther Morse, 92, of Fort Madison, fell into the arms of God on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023. She was born Sept. 20, 1930, in Brighton, Colo., a daughter of John and Mary Bitter Ells. On May 6, 1952, she married Charlie Martin Morse at Fort Madison. He preceded her in death May 30, 2015.
She was a homemaker. For 25 years, she worked as a nurse's aide at the former Fort Madison Community Hospital. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, sewing, and traveling. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Esther was a loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by her six children; Charlotte Fraise, of North Dakota; Rebecca (Ronald Jr.) Leffler, Tennessee; Linda King (Bruce Scott), of Georgia; Steven (Esther) Morse, of Panama; Rose (Bruce) Bohnenkamp, of Iowa; and Sheila Morse, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; Spencer Fraise, Adam Fraise, Ronald Leffler III, Heather Leffler, Barry King II, Benjamin King, Joey Morse, Jennie Inger, Emily McPeak, and Alexander Bohnenkamp; many great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, five brothers, four sisters, one granddaughter Melissa Leffler, and one daughter-in-law Julie Morse.
Her family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Service at the funeral home, with Chaplain Gordon Hawkins from EveryStep Hospice officiating. Burial will be at the Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington. A memorial has been established, contributions may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison.