Esther Louise McChesney (1915 - 2017)

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Esther Louise McChesney (Erickson) was born January 18, 1915 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, to James and Jesse Erickson and passed away December 14, 2017. She was the youngest of four children (Charles, Ruth, Forest and Esther, all deceased). The family moved to Everett, WA, when she was eight years old. Esther attended Everett Schools (Longfellow Elementary, South Junior High, and Everett High) graduating in 1932. She attended the U of W for a short time but was interrupted by "The Great Depression". In 1934 Esther married her beloved husband, Lloyd, and they were together until his death in 1971. Esther is survived by their one daughter, MariIlen (McChesney) Bouck, several nieces and nephews, a pseudo granddaughter, Betta and many friends whom she dearly loved. Children of all ages were her passion. In her early married years Esther worked at Hall Pharmacy and part-time at Everett City Floral. In her youth she was a Camp Fire girl, then a leader and next trainer for other leaders. She first became employed with Camp Fire as Director of Camp Killoqua for 14 years, retiring in 1958. In 1959 Esther applied as a volunteer for Snohomish County Juvenile Court however was immediately hired as a Juvenile Probation Officer. In 1981 she retired as Assistant Director. While employed at the Juvenile Court, Esther was active in the Drug Abuse Council and received the Edna Devert Award for outstanding service. She held various offices including President of the Social and Welfare Association. A house for runaways on Hardison and Casino Road was named the McChesney House in her honor. Esther organized "Tips" for training parents whose children were delinquent and she received a special award from the Washington Home Economics Organization for her contributions to Family & Children. At one point for six years plus, Esther voluntarily worked with Adult Literacy at Everett Community College. She really cherished the experience. Being a camper all her life, she started Camp Cascadia at Cascade View Presbyterian Church in 1969 and directed it for many years. It is still in existence. Esther joined PEO, Chapter Q, in 1950 and was a charter member of Chapter ET. She also was a member of Plymouth Rebekah Lodge, #142, joining when she was just 16. Esther was an active church member all of her life and believed she was here to work with children. She felt it was God's calling. She was a charter member of Cascade View Presbyterian Church and served in every capacity possible: Elder, Deacon, Sunday School, and Day Camp and chaired the building committee when the "addition" to the church was built. She deeply loved her Lord and scripture. "Love" guided her life. A joyous Celebration Service will be held at Cascade View Presbyterian Church on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to: Cascade View Presbyterian Church, 1030 East Casino Road, Everett, WA 98203 Or Providence Hospice, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Everett, WA 98201

Published in The Herald (Everett) from Jan. 7 to Jan. 14, 2018