Directions to the Lester Cemetery – 1825

The cemetery is located 8 minutes from the town of Riner following State Rt. 8. After turning off Route 8 onto Rt. 602 (Laurel Ridge Mill Rd), the driveway to the house at 2424 Laurel Ridge Mill Rd. is a short distance. The driveway is unmarked, but there should be a mail box there. I’ve also included the GPS coordinates of the driveway. Just enter them into your GPS and it will take you there. Follow the driveway to you see the house; park off the driveway and walk up the hill to the cemetery. You can also drive up to the cemetery if the condition of the field on the hill is suitable. Please take some pictures and send to me at

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Mary Kay Lester Cooper – 100th Birthday


Mary Kay is a faithful supporter of the Lester Cemetery.  She celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Westminster  Village, 5801 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, IN 47304

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Lester Cemetery Maintenance

The fund is sufficient to pay for maintenance for 2019.

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Successful Fence Replacement Campaign

The fence around the Lester Cemetery has been replaced and paid for by donations from the descendants.  The cost was $4,280.45.  The new fence replaces one that was 52 years old and in bad shape.  The campaign only required a few days more than a month.

Cemetery Sign

Jerry Lester

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Lester Cemetery- From 1825

To donate to the cemetery maintenance fund, please mail a check to:

Jerry C. Lester
3153 Gooding Place
The Villages, FL 32162

I will add you to any future mailings.  Thanks,

Jerry Lester

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Lester Cemetery



Jerry Lester At the cemetery, 9-2-2011

Jerry Lester

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Isa Ellen Lester Memoirs

I’ve had the hardcopy for some years and was inspired by my cousin, Judy Nichol Dahl, to scan and publish it.  It is a fascinating story!  Isa’s daughter, and Judy’s mother, Doris Lester Nichol encouraged Isa to write them, which she did the year before she died in 1980.

The memoirs provide insight into the workings of a farm family, first in Southwestern Virginia, and later in Southeast Pennsylvania, and the tribulations that accompany such a life style.  It is a good read whether you are related to the family or not.

Jerry Lester

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