Esther Darlene Brown
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September 11, 1926 - July 7, 2014
Esther Darlene Brown passed away peacefully at home, with her daughters at her bedside, on Monday, July 7th, 2014, at the age of 87.
She was born, the daughter of Brady and Sally (Gayhart) Brown, on September 11, 1926, in Worthington, KY.
Esther devoted her life to caring for her special needs daughter. Prior to moving to Grand Junction, CO in 1998, she lived in Cortez, CO, where she operated a thrift store that employed those with special needs. She enjoyed volunteering for Special Olympics, gardening, camping, cooking and being surrounded by her family.
Esther is survived by her daughters, Dee Dee Dean of Fruita, CO; Bridgette Mabry and husband, Sam Mabry of Abita Springs, LA, and Gloria Olson and fiancé, Chet Thorpe of Grand Junction, CO. She is also survived by her grandsons, Chris Portell and wife, Tammy of Palisade, CO; Robert Portell and wife, Aimee of Jacksonville, FL; Dusty Mabry of Oakland, CA; and Chris Mabry of Oakland, CA; her great-grandson, Evan Allen Kalaniapua Portell and numerous nieces and nephews. Esther was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings.
Esther will be cremated with no service, honoring her last wishes.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Esther's memory to either HopeWest Hospice, 3090B N. 12th St., Grand Junction, CO, 81506 or Mosaic, 2456 Industrial Blvd, Grand Junction, CO, 81505.
Callahan-Edfast will be handling the cremation.
Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory Inc
2515 Patterson Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 13, 2014