October 3, 2001

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 3, 2001


Mary Bell Ester died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 79.

Mrs. Ester was a homemaker. She was a member of Zion Travelers M.B. Church where she was a member of the senior choir.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ester Sr.; her parents, Willie Draper and Alberta Williams Draper; and three brothers, Jessie Draper, Willie Edward Draper and Thomas W. Draper.

Survivors include a son, Robert Ester Jr. of Gulfport; a brother, Sidney T. Draper of Chicago; three sisters, Betty Jackson, Lillie Holmet and Minnie Lindsey, all of Vicksburg; and one granddaughter and one great-grandson.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


Marye Pappas Smith died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She was 81.

A native of Providence, R.I., Mrs. Smith had lived in Vicksburg for 35 years before moving to Fort Walton Beach five years ago. She was a secretary for the Corps of Engineers and Waterways Experiment Station for 20 years. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church where she a member of the St. Michael’s Visitation Committee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Smith; one brother; and four sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynelle Smith Thomas of Fort Walton Beach; three grandchildren, Jeffery Scott Thomas of Spring, Texas, Christopher Gage Thomas of Meridian and Amanda Nichole Thomas of Fort Walton Beach.

Services were today at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. James O’Riordan officiating. Burial followed at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery.


Pollyanne Wahl Scheffner died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at Heritage House Nursing Home. She was 84.

Mrs. Scheffner was a registered nurse anesthetist and a homemaker. She was a 1938 graduate of the Vail School of Nursing at Christ Hospital in Topeka, Kan. She entered the post-graduate Barnes Hospital School of Nurse Anesthetists in St. Louis, Mo., where she received recognition in 1939. She was a member of the anesthesia teaching staff at Barnes Hospital from 1939 until 1941.

She volunteered her services and became a member of the Army Nurse Corps. She was a nurse anesthetist at the Station Hospital Will Rogers Army Air Field at Oklahoma City, Okla., and an instructor of anesthesia to Army nurses attending the Third Air Force School for Nurse Anesthetists at Drew Field, Tampa, Fla.

She was a former member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Barnes Hospital School of Anesthesia alumnae and the retired officers wives club.

She was a member of the Episcopal Chapel of Our Savior in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she was a member of the Altar Guild, the thrift house and the call and care group.

She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Josephine Clark Wahl.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Norman Scheffner of Vicksburg and Douglas Scheffner of Kansas City, Mo., and two grandchildren.

Memorial services will be in Colorado Springs.


Donald J. Webster died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 72.

Mr. Webster was a native of Pontiac, Mich. He received his bachelor of science degree at Central Michigan University and a master’s degree at Wayne University in Detroit. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War, Fort Sill, Okla., and Okinawa.

He taught biology at the Army Dependent High School in Okinawa and served as education adviser, directing the Army Education Center. He returned to the United States, where he worked as employee development officer for the Army Corps of Engineers District in Detroit.

He served as personnel management specialist for the Department of the Army at the Pentagon and Washington, D.C. In 1970, he transferred to Vicksburg as a personnel officer for the Lower Mississippi River Commission until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Webster was a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church and the Vicksburg Lions Club. He served as a park guide at the Vicksburg National Military Park.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clergue Webster; his mother, Clara Steinhelper Webster; two brothers, William Webster and Jerry Webster; and one sister, Marie Lindsey.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Kunz Webster of Vicksburg; three daughters, Wendy Webster of Ridgeland, Tracy Jones of Tifton, Ga., and Marcy Mignardi of Richardson, Texas; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Revs. David McIntosh and Geoffrey Joyner officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity or church.