Esther Elizabeth Akers


    Esther Elizabeth Akers of Sullivan, Missouri was born on April 7, 1931 in Cuba, Missouri to Allen and Delila (Smith) Rogers and passed away on Monday, November 7, 2022 at the age of 91 years.


    She grew up and attended school in the Cuba, Missouri area.
    She married John Akers on November 5, 1947.
    They continued to raise their family in House Springs, Missouri while she worked as a waitress at the Sunset 44 restaurant in Sunset Hills for 20 + years.
    While raising their family, John and Esther always made it a point to take family vacations. Some of their most memorable vacations were to Yellowstone National Park, Colorado Springs, Six Flags in Texas, where they would visit their son John while he was stationed there, and short trips across the border into Mexico.
    After John’s retirement, they relocated to Sullivan, Missouri to make it their final home. Esther worked as a waitress at the Cuba Country Club for a short period of time.
    Esther loved to spend time baking pies, lemon meringue and coconut crème were her specialties, and her famous chicken and dumplings were loved by everyone. In her free time, Esther enjoyed quilting. If you were going to visit her, you could plan on watching the Game Show Network or a St. Louis Cardinals game.
    She was a “Road Runner” and traveled on many trips that were coordinated by the Bank of Sullivan, including the Ark Museum in Kentucky, and her favorite, the Mystery Tours. She loved to spend time in Branson, Missouri touring Silver Dollar City and watching her favorite show, The Baldknobbers.
    Esther was an active member of the Sullivan Rebekah Lodge #319, and at one time even held the office of Noble Grand. John and Esther attended New Testament Baptist Church in Sullivan for the past 15 years.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, John; son, Gary; grandson, Johnny Ray Akers; two brothers, Chester and Jackie Rogers; and four sisters, Martha Wilcox, Sue Ellis, Ruth Jost and infant sister, Betsie.
    She is survived by four children, John Akers and wife Shelba of House Springs, Missouri, David Akers of High Ridge, Missouri, Faye Thayer and husband Steve of Fletcher, Missouri and Cathy Dodson and husband Jerry of Oakville, Missouri; grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brother, Harold Rogers of Gerald, Missouri; a sister, Mary Hudson of Jefferson City, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2022 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
    Funeral sservice was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri with Pastor Dave Wright officiating.
    Interment followed at the I.O.O.F Memorial Cemetery in Sullivan, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan, Missouri.