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Esther  M.  Blevins
     Esther M. Blevins, 87, of Stapleton passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Great Plains Health. Ester was born May 26, 1930, in Gandy to William and Gertrude (Hughes) Fablinger.
     She graduated from Logan County High School in 1948. After taking normal training she began teaching rural school and attending Kearney State College in the summers.
     She married Byron R. Blevins on Sept. 13, 1953 in Gandy while he was home on a nine day leave from the U.S. Army. Byron was sent to Korea and Esther continued to teach at the Garfield School.
     When Byron returned to the States they lived at Fort Crowder, Mo. until he was honorably discharged in April of 1955.
     They began their farming life together on the Fablinger farm 11 miles south and east of Stapleton. To this union were born three children: Gary Wayne, Robert Dale and David Ray.
     Esther was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church and Christian Woman, former member of Lifeboat Mariners, Hub Bub Extension Club and a 4-H Leader.
     She is survived by her sons, Gary (Kelli) of Stapleton and their daughters, Jaime of North Platte and Kali of Sutherland, and Robert (Janis) of Stapleton and stepson, Jake Schrock of Gandy and stepdaughter, Sarah Schrock of Aurora, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Jody of Stapleton and her children, Brian (Kelsea) of Superior with their children, Breea and Cruz Bradley of Kearney, Tyler of Lincoln and stepdaughter, Angie (Mike) Lyon with their children, Makayla, Addyson and Selah of Grand Island; sister, Lucy Johnson of North Platte; brother and sister-in-law, Don (Lyla) Blevins of Gandy; and other family.
     She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Byron; son David; granddaughter, Felicia; grandson, Brent; sister, Alice Rockwell; sister and brother-in-law, Elsie and Edgar Hubbell; brother-in-law, Russell Johnson; and brother and sister-in-law, Emory and Frances Long.
     Funeral services were July 7 at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Stapleton with Pastor Eric Mockaitis officiating. Burial followed at McCain Cemetery. Adam & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
     Memorials are suggested to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Stapleton or the Stapleton Fire and Rescue and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 7/12/2017
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