Mary-Esther Hentschke Cash, 93, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, of, in her own words," living too long." Mary-Esther was born in Riverside, Calif., in 1920 and grew up in Glendale, Calif., as the big sister to three younger brothers. She helped open the original Bob's Big Boy in Glendale and loved spending her summers working in Yosemite. She earned degrees from the University of Redlands, where her family, The Hentschkes, have a long standing history of alumni's and lasting contributions, Hentschke Hall being the most enduring. With a twinkle in her eye, she loved to tell the story of double dating with John Raitt, Bonnie Raitt's father. She received recognition as a Master Teacher in the San Marino, Calif., school system and retired as one of the school's most loved teachers after 15 years of service. Even in retirement, Mary-Esther continued to teach, in her own way, by working with Elderhostel and volunteering to read for Books for the Blind with Cal Poly. She was also a member of AAUW and PEO. Mary-Esther was a woman of many talents and talented at many things: educator, pianist, seamstress, vocalist, traveler, volunteer, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie, friend, humorist and role model. She was known for her sense of humor and quick wit, and drew many people to her with those traits and her warmth and intelligence. The most important thing to Mary-Esther was her family; her husband, Harry; son, James; daughter, Melora; and granddaughter, Rhiannon. We are the product of her love, grace, humor, strength, faith in us and she was our safety net in life, never letting us feel alone or lost. We carry her legacy with love, honor and pride. Mary-Esther was preceded in death by her son, James Sheldon Cash; and husband, Harry W. Cash. A celebration of life will be held for family and friends from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the home of her daughter and daughter-in-law, Melora and Karen Brooks in Creston. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. No flowers, please but donations are appreciated to the Ethel O. Gardner Scholarship Fund c/o California State Chapter PEO, P.O. Box 5617, Whittier CA 90607-5617.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Feb. 2, 2014