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Elizabeth Lester

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Funeral services for Elizabeth "Beth" Lester, 23, of Rembrandt, were held 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, with Father John F. Cain officiating.

Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial fund has been established.

Beth died Thursday, July 18, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Elizabeth Frances Lester was born on Good Friday, April 13, 1979, at the Buena Vista County Hospital, the daughter of Darrell and Dixie (Pitts) Lester. She was baptized at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids. She was raised in Rembrandt, and graduated from Sioux Central High School in 1997. Beth graduated from Iowa State University in August 2001. She was employed with Early Head Start in Spencer and lived at home with her mom and dad.

Beth loved life and loved to talk. She never knew a stranger. She enjoyed showing cattle and was a member of the Iowa Limousin Association. She especially loved playing with her nieces and a little children, and being with family and friends.

Preceding Beth in death were her brother Joshua Lester on September 29, 1983; her grandmother, Frances Sue Dowdy; a special great-aunt, Doris Gilbert.

Survivors include her fiance, Ryan Buckendahl of Alta; her parents, Darrell and Dixie Lester of Rembrandt; two sisters, Karia and her husband Brian Ahrendsen of Westside; Stacy Lester of Rembrandt; two nieces, Megan and Emma Ahrendsen of Westside. Also surviving are her grandparents, Bill and Dorothy Pitts of Bella Vista, Arkansas; Eugene and Susie Dowdy of Paducah, Kentucky; great-grandmother Emma Lou Hardin of Ledbetter, Kentucky; several aunts and uncles, numerous cousins and a world of friends.