November 20, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 46

Esther Mae Jernigan

Esther Mae (Kleppelid) Jernigan, 88, died Nov. 13, 2013, at Carolinas Hospital in Florence, S.C.

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Born in Circle, Mont., on March 25, 1925, to Albert and Rosemond (Palmerton) Kleppelid, she grew up in McCone County, Mont. She graduated from high school in Circle, and attended nursing school in Great Falls. While on a layover in Great Falls, as he hopped aircraft on his way to his hometown of Louisville, Miss., World War II Navy seaman Edwin Jernigan met and fell in love with Esther. When the war was over, she and Edwin married. They raised their two sons, Gary and Robert, while living in and...

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