Esther Marlene Pounds, 65

Esther Marlene Pounds, Cherokee Indian, never looked her age, awesome cook, many names, and mom, died Friday, June 20, 2014.

Esther, aka Marlene, aka Tine, aka Mom, was best known for her stubborn, independent personality. It may have seemed she wanted your opinion, but she didn’t. Tine knew what she was going to do whether anyone agreed or not. This explains the thick headedness of all her children.

Tine was born on Dec. 6, 1948, to Boyd and Dorothy Neal of Rossiter. She was welcomed home by her big brothers, Raymond Ray “Butch” Neal (deceased with surviving wife Dorothy), Donald Neal (surviving along with wife Judy) and big sister Dorothy “Tootie” Neal (deceased). But this was just the beginning. What is a house with just a few children? Boyd and Dorothy then had Harry “Pean” Neal (surviving with wife Lana), Baby Boy Neal (deceased), Wanda Adams (surviving with husband Archie), David “Jake” Neal (surviving with wife Sherry), and Larry Neal (surviving with wife Luann).

Tine was born as a nurturer. She cared for her siblings. She may have been wild at times, as we all are, but her love always brought her home.

At the tender age of 18, Tine gave birth to her firstborn son, Grant O. Shields Jr. He must not have been that bad, since she went on to have a daughter, Michelle R. Ruggles (husband Andrew) and a son, David M. Shields (wife Royale). Tine would have the kids out and about with her when strangers would walk up and ask (all of them), “Where is your mother?” She would kindly look at the stranger and tell them that she was in fact their mother. Tine never looked her age.

A surprise had occurred when Tine turned 36 years old. She was pregnant again! She gave birth to another little girl, Jodi R.N. Tyler. Two years later, her first grandson was born, Scott D. Shields.

Many grandchildren came after the birth of her first grandson (eight more to be exact). Then came great-grandchildren, of which one of the five welcomes her in heaven.

Tine not only had her own children, but many neighborhood kids referred to her as mom, as well. The nurturing that lived inside her carried her throughout her life. Tine was born to love and care, and that’s what she did. She was passionate about caring for others, and that’s what led her to her profession. She opened her home to others as a Dom Care.

Tine is welcomed in open arms by her late husband David “Davey” Pounds. Forever will they be together.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the funeral home, officiated by Harold “Butch” Brunner. Private interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

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