Esther Louise Manthei Hodge, 83, passed away, after a short battle with cancer, in her home, surrounded by her family, in Laguna Park, TX on September 15. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Fred Estes Hodge; children Karen (Steve) Hughes of Kalama, WA, Gordon Hodge (Nancy) of Euless, Kathleen (Tom) Smith of Bear Creek, PA, Susan (Ben) Taylor of Midland, Fred’s son Sandy (Julie) Christian, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, Alma & Lydia Manthei. 3 brothers Kurt, Rudolph, and Daniel Manthei, and her grandson, Thomas Bryan Smith. Esther was born on June 17, 1933 in Kurten, TX to Carl and Louise Prinzel Manthei. She graduated from Bryan SFA in 1950. Her baptism at age 12 was at Central Baptist Church, Bryan. She married Fred January 27, 1956. They raised their children in Bryan, TX, and when the youngest graduated from high school, they moved to Laguna Park, then Lampasas.