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Louise M. Kester

Funeral service for Louise Mary Kester of Jackson, was held Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The Rev. Elijah Allen officiated. Interment followed in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Louise, 89, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021, at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau. She was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Friedheim, daughter of Ferd and Mary Bequette Kester.

Louise babysat and worked for General Electric in St. Louis for several years. Later she moved to California and worked as a beautician until returning to Jackson in 1989.

Loving survivors include four brothers, Pearl James (Norma) Kester of Jackson, Monroe Kester of Bloomsdale, George (Leona) Kester and Willie (Janet) Kester of Friedheim, four sisters, Mary L. Williams of Jackson, Sediala (Roy) Wilke of House Springs, Sharon (Glenn) Bo-denschatz of Oak Ridge and Carol Miller of Washington and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Mabel Blankenship and niece, Doris Wilke.

The family requests that memorials may take the form of contributions to Southeast Missouri Food Bank, P.O. Box 190, Sikeston, MO 63801 or to Southeast Health Foundation Cancer Fund, 1701 Lacey, Cape Girardeau, MO. 63701.

To share an online condolence to the family, visit, then click on the tribute wall tab of Louise’s personal obituary.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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