In Memory of

Esther Louise Baxter

September 29, 1930 - April 1, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Esther Louise Baxter

Esther Louise Baxter

Born: September 29, 1930
Died: April 1, 2020
Age: 89

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     Esther Louise Baxter, the daughter of Charles and Minnie (Moeller) Henaman was born September 29, 1930 in Hartley, IA. Her childhood years were spent in the Spencer, IA area, where she attended school and graduated from Spencer High School on May 27, 1948.

     Esther worked at the telephone company before marrying Harvey Baxter on November 13, 1950 in Jackson, MN. She enjoyed working with animals, especially horses and chickens. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to work with livestock and participate in 4-H.  She was a founding member of Reigns of Hope, Progressive Club, 4-H and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

     Esther passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at her home, at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey; 2 grandchildren: Stephen Spory and Todd Wittrock; 5 brothers: Phillip, Earl, Howard, Roy and Vernon; 6 sisters: Geraldine Vandemark, Doris O’Hearn,  Verla Rhodes, Ruby Hughes, Velma Grover and Jean Schroeder.

     Left to cherish her memory are 5 children: Rebecca (Mike) Wittrock of Spirit Lake, IA, Harvey, Jr. (Joann) Baxter of Cross Lake, MN, Jane Baxter of Linn Grove, IA, Bradley (Lisa) Baxter of Scottsdale, AZ and Daren (Lisa) Baxter of Spirit Lake, IA; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Darrell Henaman of Lyle, MN; her cat, Missy; other relatives and many friends.

Private Family Services

 In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family and then will be directed to 4H and Reins of Hope in Esther‘s name.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Father Tim Hogan
Tim Wittrock
Tony Wittrock
Justin Baxter
Todd Wittrock
Joe Mohr
Stephen Spory
Tyler Baxter
John Gidley
Wyatt Wittrock
Austin Kolb
North Lawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:17 PM
“The video had me laughing, crying, and mostly missing. Love you guys”
- Don Ault
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:39 AM
“Your family has our deepest sympathy. The loss of a loved one is always difficult, and right now, it's even tougher. Please know that we are with you in our hearts and you will be in our prayers.
- Diane Lindahl
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:56 AM

I am sorry for your loss.

- Scot Bauermeister
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:23 PM
“Brad ..Darrin and thoughts are with you and your family with the loss of your mom...always had something g good to say...a real sweetheart...Gary Schlotfeldt”
- Gary Schlotfeldt
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:42 AM
“Dearest Aunt Esther, rest in the peace and love that you brought to so many. May we indulge in your manners of Love One Another, Help those in Need, be Christ Like. Your love of life, humor, and country living will be with us allows. Love You and Yours, David Ault and Family”
- David Ault
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8:30 AM
“My sympathy to you Lisa and your husband...think of you often as it wasn’t that long ago that we met at your Mom’s’s always hard to say goodbye to a mom😪Praying for you at this time and know God can fill the empty spots!
- Sharon Roghair
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“Very happy memories of wonderful times with Esther and family. Strong willed and full of life even as she declined with age. Sincere condolences. ”
- Michele Freeman
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“Baxter Family, So sorry to hear about your Mom. Will remember her in our prayers.”
- Jim & Pat HynesFamily
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“Brad, Lisa & All of the Baxter Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Hold tight to the memories! Mark & Sue”
- Susanne Hallett
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“Dear Baxter family--
We are so sorry to hear of Esther's passing. It's so hard to lose a dear loved one. May God hold you during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.”
- Ruben & Donnis (Eninger) Stugart
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“Jane,Harvey and all the Baxter family. I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Esther was a special part of my life when you lived across from us. Always remember her as a special part of my childhood. Keeping you in my prayers. Virginia Grey.”
- Virginia Grey
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 2:58 PM
“Harvey and family, sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Prayers to all.”
- Dale & Rhonda Streufert
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 1:31 PM
“Baxter family. I was so sad to hear of your mom, grandmas passing. I have so many wonderful memories of Esther of horse shows, 4H, neighbor, and Reins of Hope. She was a very special person. Keep your memories close they will bring you comfort in the days ahead. You are all in my prayers.”
- LuAnn Thomsen
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 1:31 PM
“Mike remembers spending most summers running around town with Harvey. Learning to ride a bike, which took a beating the way it sounds:) Mike always said that Esther was a sweet lady and he always enjoyed being at her house. Take Care everyone and We are really sorry to hear of her passing.”
- Mike Juza
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10:01 AM
“Baxter family
My heart aches for your loss! Esther was fun and full of life. She was dedicated to 4-H and Reins of Hope! Many great memories of 4-H meetings, Reins of Hope out at Oneota, and camping out at county 4-H horse showes. She was a pretty special person. May God carry each of you at this time and comfort you with memories of Esther. ”
- Becky Simons
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 8:40 AM
“Brad. Lisa and all of Esther's family, we are so sorry to hear of Esther's passing! I always enjoyed seeing and talking to her at the fair. She will be missed by all! Hugs and Prayers to you all during this difficult time. ”
- Kris and Jerry Illg
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 8:11 AM
“Thoughts and prayers are with you always... Becky Smith Woolery”
- Becky Woolery
Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:39 PM
“Becky and family, we will hold you up in prayer during these coming days. God will strengthen and support you.”
- Cheryl Aumer
Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:39 PM
“Esther was a prayer partner with the First Graders at Sacred Heart School. We sent cards and prayers every month and always knew Esther was praying for us. We now are praying for her and her family. Love and prayers to all her family.”
- Karen A Conlon
Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:39 PM
“Brad Lisa and the Baxter family
Sorry to hear about your mom thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. May God be with you all at this time.”
- Fayette Enger Butler
Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 3:42 PM
“Sorry to hear about Esther. I didn’t know her real well but knew she came from a nice family and we had some good times there. Condolences to the family”
- Sharon Lachner
Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 2:30 PM
“So very sorry to hear of your loved ones passing ! May she rest in peace and praying her journey to heaven was grand ! ”
- Rhonda Olson
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