Ester Settle, 1940-2010

Ester Settle. Photo courtesy of the family.

Ester Mae Tusing Settle passed away at her beloved farm in Flint Hill, Va., on May 10 surrounded by her family.

Ester was born in Hepners in Shenandoah County on Dec. 29, 1940. Her parents were Alma Biller Tusing and Melvin Moses Tusing. She was married to William Richard Settle on June 10, 1957.

Ester and Richard started their proprietorship at Laurel Mills Store and in 1972 purchased the business in Flint Hill known as Settle’s Grocery & Garage. Ester was loved and admired by all of her customers.

She was an avid gardener. She and her husband enjoyed many years of traveling in their RV, taking many trips to Alaska. They enjoyed numerous trips with friends and family.

Ester’s most precious times were spent with her family and friends.

She was instrumental in bringing the Relay For Life to Rappahannock County and was active in fundraising efforts.

Ester was a survivor of breast cancer for 21 years. She was a true fighter.

She was an active member of Flint Hill Methodist Church.

Ester is survived by her husband of 52 years, William Richard Settle, and three children, Richard Lee Settle and his wife Tamara; Tammy Settle Bunch and husband Gary; Cheryl Ann Settle Vance and her husband Bill; and seven grandchildren — Richard Lee Settle Jr., Troy Bunch, Kathleen Vance, Elizabeth Florence Vance, Kendra Settle, Garrett Bunch, Kelsa Mae Settle and six great-grandchildren — Katarina Settle French, Elijah Settle, Bradley Settle, Hunter Settle, Kayden Hysong and Karsyn Bunch.

Ester had seven brothers and sisters — Melvin Tusing Jr. (wife Frances), Harry Tusing (wife Nancy), Dickie Tusing (wife Barbara), Freddie Tusing (wife Glenda, Audrey Tusing (husband William). She was predeceased by Matthew Tusing and Marie Tusing Mumaw.

She is also survived by sister-in-law Shirley Tusing, and brother-in-law Hope Mumaw.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday (May 14) at Flint Hill Methodist Church with visitation from 6 to 9 Thursday at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.

Pallbearers will be Paul Tieche, Thomas B. Massie, Thomas B. Massie Jr., Joe Myers, James W. Fletcher III, James W. Fletcher IV and Dwight Matthews.

The family has honored her request that memorial donations be made to Flint Hill Methodist Church, Box 363, Flint Hill, VA 22627.

The Bond

Tammy Bunch of Flint Hill wrote the following poem for her mom in 2003 when she was fighting cancer.

It may be
Your father.
Your mother.
Your sister, or brother.
Your child.
Your friend.
Your neighbor who lives just down the road.

We are bonded.

We come together,
To honor the ones who are here and to remember the ones who are not.
Who not so willingly lost their fight but so bravely gave it their all.
We are bonded.

We wait for the doctor.
We wait for the test.
We wait for the chemo.
We worry about the worst and pray for the best while waiting so anxiously to hear the rest.

We are bonded.

We must continue to walk the walk and fight the fight with all our heart and all our might.

To hold the ones we love dear so very tight and to be there for them in the middle of the night.

No! We will not give in to our plight for we will fight the fight.

The Relay For Life!

We are bonded.

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