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Rebecca "Susie" (Butler) Hester

February 27, 1948 January 20, 2018
Rebecca  "Susie" (Butler) Hester
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Rebecca “Susie” Butler Hester

Rebecca Butler Hester, 69, of Tampa, Florida, formerly of Eldorado, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 3:55 in her residence.
She was born in Houston, Texas on February 27, 1948 to the late Joe M. Butler and Loveta G. (Butler) Dixon. On February 26, 1983, she married Marvin Lee Dean Hester. She worked as a school guidance counselor at Fabens Middle School in Fabens, Texas where she retired at age 48. Upon retirement, she set new goals to hike, canoe, and kayak all over the countries national parks and spending time with her grandchildren; truly living life her way. She planned and executed the greatest ride of her life departing with her husband out of her daughter’s driveway on February 17 ,2001. “And though she be but little she is fierce” … for she bicycled 9,749 miles across the United States and back again. She averaged 60 miles per day carrying all of the gear she needed to camp out along the way. She told everyone that she wanted to get healthy and have fun doing it and that the adventure actually restored her faith in people.
Survivors include her husband Marvin Lee Dean Hester of Tampa, Florida and her daughter Traci G. Riley and husband Sean P. Riley of Tampa, Florida. Two grandchildren Rebecca G. Riley of Clearwater, Florida and Seanna P. Riley of Tampa, Florida. Three brothers Joe Mac Butler and wife Ellen and Tommy D. Butler of Eldorado, Illinois, a step brother Michael Ray and wife Angela Dixon of Carbondale, Illinois and step sister Billie K. Meyers of Springfield, Illinois.
A celebration of her Life will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Watson Funeral Home at 11:00 AM with visitation being held from 10:00 AM until service time. Her dear friend Kitty Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery.

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