|Birth: ||Aug. 17, 1919|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 2009|
Ocala, FL - Esther Marie Brewster, 89, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 11, 2009. Born in Ashtabula, Ohio on August 17, 1919, she was the eldest daughter of the late Walter A. and Florence O. Ecklund. She was a 45-year resident of Ashtabula, moved to and resided with her family in Closter, NJ for 22 years, and retired to Ocala, FL 23 years ago. She was a member of the Christian Church in Ashtabula until 1938. After her marriage she became a member of Harris Memorial Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School for many years and represented her church at state meetings of the Presbytery of Ohio and at national meetings of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church. While living In New Jersey, she was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Norwood where she taught Sunday School and established and organized their summer Bible School program. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star and became a member of The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ocala after retirement in 1986. Esther was a truly remarkable woman who touched many lives with her quiet and unassuming expressions of faith, love, and charity. She was a happy homemaker, devoted wife, extraordinary friend, and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was admired for keeping constant and loving contact over a span of 60 years with past schoolmates, past and present church friends and neighbors, and her many relatives. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, and crafts, and crocheted over 50 afghans in her lifetime for her loved ones. Everyone who visited her home will forever remember her famous sugar cookies which simply melted in your mouth. She is survived by her loyal and devoted husband, James Franklin Brewster, with whom she celebrated 70 years of marriage with a renewal of wedding vows on July 19, 2008; daughters, Carol Ann Deitz of Ocala and Joyce Ann Schlask of Chipley, FL; grandchildren, James, Lizbeth, Shannon, Brian, Daniel, Christa, and Megan; great-grandchildren, Caden, James, Emily, Brian, Lela, Jayden, Naomi, and Riley; sisters, Dorothy Carlisle and Arlene Zetlaw of Ashtabula, and Shirley McLellan of Orangeburg SC; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William Ecklund and Walter Ecklund; and an infant grandson, Timothy Deitz. Esther continued her example of love for humanity by requesting her body be donated to Science Care for research and study. Memorial Services will be held at The First Christian Church, Ocala, Fl, pending return of her ashes in approximately 4 weeks. Memorial donations celebrating her life can be made to Hospice of Marion County, Ocala, and/or The First Christian Church, Ocala.
Published in the Ocala Star-Banner from 3/1/2009 - 3/2/2009
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: No Guts, No Glory
Record added: Mar 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34344132