Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1923

Ester Yonker ESTER ELIZABETH YONKER KIRKPATRICK was in the Ranger High School Class of 1923 at Ranger, TX. She was born March 5, 1905, in Sisterville, WV, to Helen Catherine Cleary and Fritz Yonker. She married Samuel Lawrence Kirkpatrick at Ranger in Sept. of 1928. He came from Kentucky to work for Lone Star Gas. They had two daughters: Jeanette "Cookie" Cason (RHS-1952), who died in 2000, while living at League City, TX, and Mary Helen Short (RHS-1948) who died in 2012. Ester's father, Fritz Yonker, was the superintendent of Lone Star Gas until he retired. He brought his family to Ranger from Bartlesville, OK, via New York & Pennsylvania. The oldest of seven, Ester's siblings included Tom Yonker (RHS-1925), Frederick Yonker (RHS- 1932), Margaret Yonker (RHS-1931), Mary Alice Yonker Ferrara (RHS-1934), Jeanette Yonker (RHS-1929), & Gene Yonker. Ester was the consummate mother and wife of the 30's & 40's. She worked for Lone Star Gas until just prior to her first child's birth in 1932. An accomplished seamstress and a cook extraordinaire and very socially adept, she hosted dinner parties, teas, showers, wedding receptions, farewell parties, and special occasion celebrations that delighted all who attended. Her two daughters were her great pride and delight and she was active in the St. Rita's School PTA & the Catholic Church's Women Altar Society. She was an avid reader and bridge player, belonging to both types of social clubs. Interestingly, she was an ERA activist and feminist long before the words were coined. Her two grandsons, Bob Short of Frisco, TX, and Glen Cason of Edna, TX, have four daughters, Kaila Short, and Karin, Monica and Georgann Cason who would have greatly delighted Ester Kirkpatrick; however, she died just two days before she would have been 54, on March 3, 1959, in Range. Mr. Sam Kirkpatrick died in 1969, at Eagle Lake. Both are buried in Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger.