Esther Ruth Newell

August 1, 1941 - August 30, 2023

“My health may fail, and my spirit grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart and He is mine forever.” Psalms 73:26

On August 30, 2023, Esther Ruth Newell went home to her Lord and Savior.  Esther was born on August 1, 1941, to Richard Young McDonald and Emma Pauline Farmer McDonald in Lexington, Mississippi.  She marred the love of her life, Kenneth Newell on May 6, 1960, in Quanah, Texas.  Over time she became the mother to four boys and eventually made their home in Lumberton, Texas.

Esther’s unwavering love for God was an inspiration to her husband, family, and everyone who knew her.  The love, honor, and respect she had for her husband was biblical and her unconditional love and support for her boys was the definition of a mother’s love.

Esther joined her husband traveling and building churches while making new friends along the way. She and Ken spent a few years riding and traveling with old friends and new ones on their motorcycle.  Esther loved to sing and would share the old hymns each opportunity she got.  She was a wonderful southern cook, who enjoyed telling stories at the dinner table over her delicious meals.  She also enjoyed playing dominoes, Wahoo, and later bingo and winning at all.  Esther developed a love for dancing in her early years that continued her entire life.  Esther’s beautiful smile and heartwarming laughter will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Esther is survived by her husband of sixty-three years, Kenneth Newell; her children, Kent Newell and his wife, Kristi, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; Scott Newell and his wife, Paige, of Kountze, Texas; Lane Newell and his wife, Sheila, of Lumberton, Texas; and Mike Newell and his wife, Deborah, of Marble Falls, Texas; eleven grandkids; fifteen great-grandkids; three great-great-grandkids; and sister, Tandy Boyd and her husband, Bill, of Brookeland, Texas.  She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Theresa Louise Hall; and brother, Richard Young McDonald, Jr.

Esther’s testimony to all is, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

A gathering of Mrs. Newell’s family and friends will be 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 7, 2023, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  Her interment will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 9, 2023, at Quanah Cemetery, in Quanah.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, 700 North Street, Suite M, Beaumont, Texas 77701.




Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee
  • 490, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656,
  • September 7, 2023
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Silsbee
  • 490, Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas, 77656,
  • September 7, 2023
  • 4:00 pm


Quanah Memorial Park
  • , , Quanah, TX, 79252,
  • September 9, 2023
  • 11:00 am

Comments (8)

    Beverly Bozeman Hebert says:

    Wonderful memories from Fletcher Emanuel days. Mrs. Newell was our Acteens director and we all had such respect and admiration for her. Condolences to all her boys.

    Aaron McBride says:

    Esther was an A+ lady in every way.

    Bro. Larry Staggs says:

    Ken and family, our prayers are with you all today. She was a wonderful Godly lady. We were all blessed to have known her.

    Molly Burton DeMaio says:

    What an awesomely wonderful, loving, funny, faithful God loving, Family loving, fun woman Aunt Esther was and will always be. My parents and the Newell’s became fast and forever friends when Aunt Esther was pregnant with Mike. I came along in ‘68. Ever since I’ve had the blessing of calling them Aunt & Uncle. I thank the Lord for bringing our families together and for giving my Mom a bestie that was more like a sister. Thank you Lord for giving us so many memories to reflect on during happy and sad days, and to know we will see and laugh together again one day. Love to Uncle Ken, Kent, Scotty, Lane, Mike and to your beautiful families.

    Charlotte Efird says:

    Sorry for your loss Newell family.

    Missy Burton Bolz says:

    “I praise God upon every remembrance of you”..Aunt Esther..I can call her that because Ive known and loved her since I was four years old..she has been such a beautiful role model to me. Growing up I always loved when she sang and now she sings at the feet of our loving heavenly Father. I love you family.

    Cynthia Smith says:

    So many beautiful memories with Esther! You will be missed. May the Newell Family be surrounded by God’s love, comfort, and peace.

    Dorothy Overstreet says:

    My dear Esther , my memories of our friendship , our music , family and Gods love , are overwhelming ! I have been missing “my Esther “ now you are at rest ❤️Ken and family , what a wonderful way you cared for her , I love all of you Newells so much 🎶🎶 Sing for HIM , sweet Esther 🎶🎶🎶🎶❤️

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