Esther Alley, age 96, of Lee’s Summit, MO, was born Mary Esther Bowin on the family farm in Greenwood, MO. She was the middle of 3 children of David “Earl” Bowin and Mary “Agnes” (Barron) Bowin. Esther attended a one room school for 8 grades and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1943.
After high school graduation and a year working at Pratt and Whitney, she attended college at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Esther returned home to work at Pratt and Whitney during the war effort, and then was employed at the Gas Service Co, Lee’s Summit.
Esther married Kenneth Alley Dec 2, 1950, who passed away in 1980. They had 3 daughters. She remained home until the youngest of their daughters was in 1st grade, then went on to become an administrative secretary for the LS School District. She worked at Westview Elementary for 4 years, and then helped open Pleasant Lea Elementary where she remained the secretary for 22 years. In 1986 she received the “Reaching the Mark” award from the R7 School District. Her retirement was in 1989, but Esther continued to substitute in the district until 2002.
She was a volunteer at LS Christian Church office beginning in 1989 and with the LS St. Luke’s East Hospital beginning in 2006. She held both volunteer positions until she was over 90 years of age.
Esther was a member of LS Christian Church, a lifetime member of MO PTA, and a member of JACOMO, retired school personnel association. Family was the center of her life. In addition to supporting her church and community she enjoyed gardening and reading. She was an absolute die-hard Chiefs and Royals fan.
Esther is survived by her 3 daughters: Susan Alley, Springfield, Nancy (Matt) Buchmann, Leawood, Kathy Gilmore, Brentwood, CA, brothers David E. Bowin, Jr (Ruth) and James R. Bowin of California, granddaughters Jennie (Russell) Clay and Kelsey (Christopher) Able, great grandsons Barrett Clay, Brock Able and Graham Able, and extended bonus family Deana (Kristi) Gilmore, David (Courtney) Buchmann, Helena Buchmann – as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Graveside service and internment to be held 1:00, Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Floral Hills East Cemetery in Lee’s Summit, MO.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lee’s Summit Christian Church memorial fund or Lee’s Summit Education Foundation.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063