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Esther W "Tess" Walker Church
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Birth: Oct. 19, 1920
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 2012

Esther W. Church lived a brave, full life and passed away in her home in Los Alamos on August 4, 2012 at the age of 91. Firmly believing in the power of education, she earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Waynesburg College; later, and despite her widowed status and sole responsibility for four children, she earned a master's degree in biology from the University of Montana. Nicknamed "Tess" by a college friend, Esther was born in Pennsylvania. In 1945 she joined her husband, James Stirling Church, in New Mexico, where, as a research chemist, he worked in secret on the Manhattan Project. After the war, they remained in Los Alamos and had four children, all of whom survived Esther, David Church and his children, Shane, Heather, Daniel and Micah, Elizabeth J. Church, Paul Church and Alan A. Church. Esther was the proud great-grandparent of Ethan, Shane Church's son. Esther was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Sarah Catherine and her cherished brother, Alex Walker. A service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a private burial service at Guaje Pines Cemetery. The family asks that those who may wish to make contributions in Tess' memory consider donating to charities that foster her love of dogs and nature. 
 
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  James Stirling Church (1922 - 1966)*
 
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Burial:
Guaje Pines Cemetery
Los Alamos
Los Alamos County
New Mexico, USA
 
Created by: P Barela
Record added: Aug 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94990745
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