Lela Loraine Hester, age 81, a resident of Harrisburg, passed away at 12:57 AM Monday, August 6, 2018 in the Villas of Hollybrook. She was born July 26, 1937 in Hardin County to the late Pearl and Bessie (Brown) Milligan. Lela married Charles Hester on September 22, 1966 and he preceded her in death November 18, 2004. Lela had worked at the Cap Factory as a seamstress, and had various jobs at the Golden Circle; she also cared for the elderly. She attended Dorrisville Social Brethren Church and was well known in the community for her compassion and care of and service to others.
Lela is survived by three sons: Robert Mallady and wife Angela of Louisiana; Bart Mallady and wife Dana of Harrisburg; and Brian Hester and wife Tonja of Harrisburg. Seven grandchildren: Micheal Mallady of Melbourne, Florida; Amy Carrington and husband John of Richmond, Virginia; Justin Hicks and wife Caitlyn of Harrisburg; Krista Hicks of Harrisburg; Maycee Hester of Harrisburg; Will Hester of Harrisburg; and Ty Hester of Harrisburg, fifteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Naomi Brown of Evansville, Indiana; and Nina Carter and husband Gary of Johnston City, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles; daughter, Belinda Bethel; brothers, Lowell, Willard, Carol, Bertis, Ralph and Jim Milligan and a sister, Louise Webb.
Memorial services will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Jerry Wells will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11AM to 1 PM, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Reed Funeral Chapel.