Esther Loretta Hemming


Esther Loretta Hemming


Esther and Frank Hemming

Esther Loretta Hemming, 80, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Esther was born on Sept. 14, 1937, in Regan, North Dakota, to Edward and Lillian (Hochhalter) Schafer. She grew up in the Regan and Bismarck, North Dakota area, and graduated from Bismarck High School in 1956.

She married her loving husband, Harold Hemming, on Feb. 6, 1960, in Mandan, North Dakota. From this marriage, three children were born: Rickey, Bryon and Brenda. Due to Harold’s trucking career, the family moved multiple times and eventually settled down in Billings. This is where she worked in retail for many of years and had a very strong presence at both Woolworth and Walmart. She worked at Walmart for over 15 years before retiring in 2017.

Esther was always willing to help others in need and never turned away the neighborhood children in her home while continuing to raise her own.

Esther has many hobbies, including playing keno with her best friend (Alice), collecting teapots, traveling with family, going to the races, eating sweets (especially donuts) and spending time with her grandchildren. She always loved spending time with her cat, Tigger. She leaves behind many loved ones and close friends. Her feisty attitude made her who she was and will be greatly missed by everyone.

Esther is survived by her children, Rickey, Bryon (Stacey), and Brenda (Brad) Ostermiller-James; grandchildren Rickey Jr. (Jocelyn) Hemming, Bryon Hemming, Whittney (Tyler) Ostermiller-Osborne, Cassie (Chris) Johnson, Tyler and Zach Hemming; great-grandchild Maddex Hemming; sibling Marj (Butch) Konschack.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, father Edward, mother Lillian, siblings Bud and Alvina, and granddaughter Faith Nicole Ostermiller.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave.

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4 thoughts on “Esther Loretta Hemming”

  1. I remember Esther very much from all the different times she help me while shopping at Walmart. She is a very outgoing and had a great wit and was fun to talk to, I hope that you will be comforted in you memories of her. A truly remarkable lady.

  2. Brenda and family, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I know you will miss her deeply. Over the years, you and I have had several nice talks about our moms. Life is never quite the same without your mother. Thoughts and prayers for you. Susan L

  3. Marilyn Sheets

    Dear cousins Brenda, Bryon, Rick and families,
    Although we can’t know your feelings of losing your mom, please know we’re sending healing thoughts and prayers for all of you.
    Keep in touch,
    Love, Dolly and Mike Sheets

  4. Brenda,

    I will always remember the times your mother came into the salon. The relationship the two of you had was a beautiful one. I hope you can remember all the good memories you had with her. You are in my thoughts.

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