Esther G. Livingston, 86, missionary, soprano soloist, pianist, archeologist, author, fantastic cook

By on March 8, 2017

Esther G. Livingston, 86, of United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz, passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Born in Washington, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Naomi (Miller) Gerdes and the wife for 62 years of the late Dr. David P. Livingston Jr., PhD, who passed away in November 2013. She had two older sisters, and a brother who died at the age of 13.

Esther completed a two-year program as a home economics major at Bob Jones University. She competed and won first place in the State of Iowa as a soprano soloist. She spent 10 years as a missionary/mom in South Korea, running Bible studies for women. She was the piano player every Sunday at the local church in Korea. She then aided her husband as he completed his PhD in archeology. They went on to dig at the Biblical site of Ai for 20 years. She was the author of three books and enjoyed canning her husband’s fruit. She was a quilt maker and made several braided oval rugs. She was a fantastic cook, and enjoyed hosting large family gatherings.

She is survived by her daughter: Elizabeth Bray, wife of Harold, of Wolverine, Mich.; two sons: David P. Livingston, husband of Maria, of Apex, N.C.; Thomas J. Livingston, husband of Denise, of Newmanstown. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters.

Services were held March 3 at United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz.

To send an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, had charge of the arrangements.

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