Mount Vernon News
  • Esta Lee Strauser

  • February 23, 2011

MOUNT VERNON — Esta Lee Strauser, 78, of East Chestnut Street, Mount Vernon, passed from Earth to Heaven to be with God and her beloved husband, Charlie, on Feb. 20, 2011, at the Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

She was born April 10, 1932, in Mount Vernon to the late Clinton and Rachel (Daugherty) Parker. Esta Lee was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Class of 1950, and remained close to her classmates by helping plan class reunions and monthly luncheons with “the girls.” She was a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, where she received many honors, had served as troop leader and cookie chairman, among many other jobs. She joined the Knox County Junior Fair Board as a Girl Scout adviser in 1965 and served on the Ohio State Fair Girl Scouts Committee from 1978 to 1990. In 2002, she was inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame for her work. For 30 years she coordinated the Knox County Junior Fair King and Queen contest.

In recent years she was a member and officer of the Knox County Agricultural Museum where she learned to weave, and the Kokosing Chapter of the Archeological Society of Ohio where she honed her love of ancient Native American arrowheads and other artifacts. She was an artist and seamstress, was a computer literate, enjoyed gardening and watching the birds, and loved cats and dogs. Esta Lee was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Jo Ann Stalnaker of Hurricane, W.Va.; a brother, Roger D. Parker of Lorain; three nieces, Roylene Neal of Fredericktown, Kimberly Carter of Lorain and Jamey Worthen of Lorain; an aunt, Mary Frazier of Mount Vernon; cousins, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews and many friends.

Besides her parents, Esta was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charlie Strauser (2003); three sisters, Louise Baker, Marjorie Riel and Constance Hunter; and two brothers, Richard Parker and Ronald Parker.

Friends may call Thursday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow, beginning at 3 p.m., in Mound View Cemetery with the Rev. Denise Marikis officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Girl Scouts, Gay Street United Methodist Church or the Knox County Agricultural Society Museum. To leave a condolence to the family online visit

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Esta Lee Strauser.

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