EDMOND, Okla. - Esther Myer died on Jan. 4, 2015 after a relatively brief illness.
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Her life was one of kindness and concern, and her greatest pride was her family.
Esther was born in Ephrata in Lancaster County on Dec. 3, 1921. She was the only child of Cora and Harry Nies and was raised during the Depression in the conservative, plain society for which that area is known.
The gathering forces of World War II dictated the direction of her early adult life when her high school sweetheart, Richard P. Myer was inducted into the Army. They married on Jan. 24, 1943. Dick became a B-24 pilot. His career was interrupted when his plane was shot down over Austria in 1944. Esther vividly recalled the anxiety of not knowing his fate for the extended period that he was listed as "missing in action," followed by the concerns of his repatriation after the war ended.
They were reunited in 1945 and life happened. They moved to Philadelphia, Dick began dental school and three daughters were born. By the early 1950s, they moved to Port Allegany, started a dental practice and quickly became involved in the life of their family, church and community. Dick's life was cut short in 1982, when he died from cancer. Esther continued to live independently in the mountains of Pennsylvania. She actively served her community as a member of the borough council and her church as an elder. She loved playing bridge and was an avid walker. In 2011, she moved to Oklahoma to be near to family. She lived in the Touchmark Retirement Center in Edmond, where she enjoyed the many friends she made at the center - especially those in her Bible study group - the support of the caring staff and the beautiful sunsets from her western facing apartment.
She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Dr. Sterling) Baker of Edmond; Dr. Denise (Dr. David) Cameron of Milford, Conn.; and Dr. Babette Myer of Lexington, Ky.; her grandchildren, Dr. Leslie (Dr. Jay) Walker and Dr. Seth (Christine) Baker; and great-grandchildren, Leah and Ike Walker and Lucy and Theo Baker.
A celebration of Esther's life will be held at 2 p.m. May 24 at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Allegany.
Funeral arrangements have been under the direction of the Crawford Family Funeral Service in Edmond.
Crawford Family Funeral & Cremation Service - Edmond
610 NW 178th Street
Edmond, OK 73012
Published in The Bradford Era from May 13 to May 19, 2015