Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Esther Kinnier passed away in her sleep May 31, 2009, at Grace Health Care Center in Glenwood Springs. She was born on Feb. 27, 1912, in Belgrade, Neb., to Frank and Nellie (Waldrip) Bressler. She was the eldest of eight children.
Esther married James Kinnier on Aug. 29, 1958, and they resided in Boulder for 12 years, before moving to Glenwood Springs in 1970. Her husband died in 1985.
Esther is survived by sisters Lois Stowers of Arvada and Jacqueline May of Tigard, Ore.; son-in-law Kenneth Agnew of Denver; multiple nieces and nephews; and her friend, Alice Hafner of Glenwood Springs.
Esther’s long career with the telephone company began in small-town Nebraska, ending in Washington, D.C., where she retired after 25 years of service.
She was always a dedicated volunteer. In Glenwood, she is especially remembered as one of the founders of RSVP, and as active in AARP, the Historical Museum, the Art Guild and community projects. She was an excellent seamstress, taught quilting, enjoyed cooking and gardening, and loved to play the piano and cribbage.
Esther was proud of cutting her own lawn at 90. At 97 she still did four crossword puzzles a day, the Sudoku and the Cryptogram. She was an inspiration to many. Her exquisite greeting cards are treasured by all who knew her.
Cremation has taken place. Her final resting place is in Nebraska.
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