Hester-Sue Terhune, first was a teacher at a blind school that was later merged with the one operated by Adam and Mary Ingalls Kendall when they moved to Walnut Grove. She also worked as a waitress at Nellie's Restaurant. Hester-Sue was married once, to Sam Terhune but divorced because of his gambling and drinking habits.
While living in Walnut Grove, Sam returned and convinced Hester-Sue that he had changed his ways. They then planned to get remarried until Sam's wife, Naomi showed up. It became clear to Hester-Sue that Sam hadn't changed and the two did not get remarried. In addition, Hester-Sue also had a relationship with Joe Kagan.
She also once spent Christmas at the Ingalls home recalling her favorite holiday memories
Behind the scenes
Hester-Sue was portrayed by actress Ketty Lester in all of her appearances.