Once it was discovered that Lenora was with child, she left the logging camps and moved to Gifford, Hot Springs County, Arkansas leaving David to remain in Bradley County. Lenora was living in Gifford when she gave birth to her daughter. Lenora remained in Gifford estranged from David for several years after Esther’s birth.
Lenora died four years after Esther’s birth. She was buried in the St. Francis Cemetery, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
After Lenora’s death, responsibility for Esther’s care fell back to her father, David, who initially arranged for his father and mother to look after her. Later, guardianship was formally arranged, initially granting responsibility for Esther’s care to a Mr. J.H. Adams. Esther’s guardianship later transferred briefly to David, and finally, on to Samuel and Zilpha Owen who provided for Esther’s care thereafter.