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Mary Regina Mae Hester-Grainger

Mary Regina Mae Hester-Grainger, 74, Versailles, formerly of Augusta, died at 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 16, 1930, in Chambersburg, the daughter of Randall and Francis (Steiger) Roate. She married Thomas Claire Hester March 6, 1947, in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death Jan. 29, 1984. She later married Laurence Grainger June 27, 1997, in Plymouth. He survives.

She is also survived by seven children, Claire Eugene Hester, Beardstown, Rosemary Jackson, West Point, Randall Scott Hester, Versailles, Maurice Ray Hester, Versailles, Sandra Diane Perry, Meredosia, Laura Grace Vose, Chambersburg, and Debra Gayle Davidson, Versailles; four sisters, Winona Crooks, Rushville, Faye Henricks, Rushville, Marty Thompson, Weldon, and Cammy Burton, Jacksonville; four brothers, Ellis Roate, Quincy, David Roate, Versailles, Lowell “Tom” Roate, Pearl and Von Roate, Versailles; 22 grandchildren, including 1 granddaughter who was raised in her home, Angel Hester-Hamilton, Versailles; 28 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Charles Roate.

She served as nurse for both Golden Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Golden, and Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Sterling.

She attended Brown County Schools and received her nursing degree from Robert Morris College, Carthage, at the age of 60.

She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, Mt. Sterling. She always enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, cooking and gardening, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

A funeral mass was held Saturday, July 2, 2005, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Mt. Sterling, with Father Thomas Henseler officiating.

Burial will be in the Mt. Sterling Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.

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The Hendricker Funeral Home, Mt. Sterling, is in charge of the arrangements.

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