Esther Edna Heppner died Mar. 7, 2011 at 92. She was born June 5, 1918 in Laird, Sask. to Agnes and Erdman Nikkel. After completing Grade 10, she worked as a housekeeper. Esther married Ben L. Heppner Sept. 7, 1941, fulfilling her dream of becoming a farmer’s wife. After Ben answered a call to ministry and enrolled at Prairie Bible Institute, Three Hills, Alta., she served faithfully beside him in Guadeloupe and Haiti for 20 years, teaching Sunday school, working with women, playing the pump organ for street meetings, and homeschooling their children. As they pastored in Chilliwack, B.C.; Warman, Sask.; Lethbridge, Alta.; Langham, Sask.; and Saskatoon, Esther opened her home to guests, prayed for needs, and cared for infants in the nursery. Esther enjoyed reading, bowling, playing games, singing in the Bethany Manor choir, and camping with Ben in their motorhome. She will be remembered for her positive attitude and relentless prayers. Predeceased by Ben, son Timothy, 3 siblings; Esther is mourned by daughter Pat (Henry) Wiebe; 3 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 6 siblings.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.