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Esther Marie Dobbins 1921-2017

Esther Marie Dobbins,  96 of Stapleton, passed  away February 25, 2017,  at her home.  Esther was born February  2, 1921 to Abraham  “Earl” and Maude (Arritt)  Gallington on the family  homestead north of  Arnold, NE.  Esther completed her elementary  education in a  country school north of  Arnold. Esther attended  two years of high school  in Anselmo and graduated  from Arnold High  School. While in high  school, Esther worked at  the Arnold Library and at the Arnold  Theater.  After high school, Esther worked  northwest of Arnold, at the Britton  ranch as a cook. Esther worked five  years at the Gamble’s Store in Arnold  while her future husband, Arthur Uphoff,  was stationed for four and a half  years in the Pacific during WWII.  In 1946, Esther married Arthur Henry  Uphoff. To this union three children  were born. The family ranched northwest  of Stapleton.  Arthur died in 1963.  In 1967, Esther married Hershel Dobbins.  Hershel and his three children  joined the family. The family continued  northwest of Stapleton. They later relocated  to a ranch east of Stapleton along  the South Loup River.  In addition to helping with the ranch  work, Esther was an excellent cook and  seamstress. Esther loved the country  life, especially the Sandhills. Esther was  an avid gardner and enjoyed watching  things grow. She especially loved all of  her family. Esther was an active member  of Zion Lutheran Church, Arnold.  She was a member of the Senior  Friendship Club in Stapleton, the  monthly card club, and loved going to  senior meals in Stapleton to socialize  with her friends.  Esther is survived by son, Ronald  (Kay) Uphoff of Stapleton; daughter,  Deanna Uphoff-(Kendall) Allison of  North Platte; daughter-in-Law, Beverly  Uphoff of Omaha; stepdaughter, Janet  (Vern) Boeser of Stapleton; stepson,  Robert (Rita) Dobbins of Hershey; step  daughter-in-law, Dotti Dobbins of  Omaha; and numerous grandchildren  and great-grandchildren.  Esther was preceded in death by her  parents; husbands, Arthur Uphoff and  Hershel Dobbins; two sisters, Vera  Gallington and Edna  Rutt; two brothers, Edward  and Sylvester  Gallington; son, Kenneth  Uphoff; step-son, Willis  Dobbins; and foster  brother, Marion Downing.  Memorials may be made  to the Zion Lutheran  Church in Arnold and online  condolences may be  shared at www.adamsswanson.  com  Services were held  Wednesday, March 1, at  Adams and Swanson’s  Chapel in North Platte,  NE with the Reverend  Ben Eikhoff officiating. Interment was  at the McCain Cemetery near Stapleton.  Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was  in charge of arrangements.