Salemtowne Retirement Community, Smith Saul
190 Moravian Way Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Monday, Aug 17, 2015
Feb 25, 1922 - Aug 11, 2015
Ester Belle Soper, 93, passed away peacefully at Salemtowne Retirement Community on August 11, 2015. Ester, the daughter of Joe and Alice Hall, was born and raised in the Snake Creek community near Hillsville, Virginia. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 1941 where she met her future husband, Rudolph F. Soper. They were married in 1944 and lived in Silver Spring, Maryland until his death in 1984. In 1985, Ester moved in with her daughter, Barbara, and grandson, John. After Barbara’s death in 2008, she moved to the Salemtowne Retirement Community in Winston-Salem, NC to be near her youngest daughter, Dottie Francis.
Ester was a fun-loving person who was active in a variety of organizations including Woodside [now Silver Spring] United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary, the Silver Spring Women’s Club, and was an avid bowler participating in leagues for over 50 years. She was an accomplished bridge player earning masters points from the American Bridge Association and enjoyed college and professional sports, especially the Deacons, Hokies, and Washington Redskins. Her greatest joys in life were being a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. Ester was a loving and caring person who always put her family and friends first. She opened her heart and home to anyone needing her help.
Mrs. Soper was predeceased by her husband, Rudolph Soper, her daughter, Barbara Troll, brothers Albert, Press, and Deck, and sisters Anne and Dorothy. Surviving her are daughter Dottie Francis and husband Jerry of Winston-Salem, grandsons John Troll and wife Misty of Catonsville, MD, Matthew Francis and wife Nikki of Winston-Salem, Scott Francis and wife Meredith of Winston-Salem, great-grandchildren Amelia Troll, Emery Troll, Palmer Francis, Hank Francis, Graham Francis, Finleigh Francis, and Sutton Francis.
The family would like to thank Salemtowne Retirement Community for their care and support for the past seven years. Also, special thanks goes to Ollie Tatum for her dedication and loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Residence Assistance Fund at Salemtowne or to the Exercising Faith-Wellness and Community Center campaign at Knollwood Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held at the Smith Saul at Salemtowne Retirement Community on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm, officiated by Dr. Bob Setzer, Jr. Family and friends will be received immediately following the service. A graveside service will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, MD at a later date. Online condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com.
I loved reading about Ester and her great love for family and friends. I always thought she was such a warm yet elegant woman, with a beautiful smile for everyone. The obituary is a lovely tribute to her life. A life well lived is a great treasure. She was a great treasure to all of you.
Mary and Tom O'Haver
We were so sad to hear of Ester's passing. We have so many wonderful memories with John, Chris and Robert going back and forth to each other's houses. Ester and Barbara's place was like their second home. She always made them feel like part of the family.
What a wonderful lady. Full of life and interested in everything. She never lost her love of learning and exploring new adventures. Although she is gone, the wonderful memories will last forever.
Love to all from Tom and Mary