Esther Maurer peacefully completed her memorable life's journey on April 17th, 2010 at the age of 101, under the watchful observation of caring staff at Delta Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Born on January 21, 1909 in Bremen, Kansas, to Herman & Sophie Linkugel, Esther's early education included both German & English languages with a strong emphasis on religious studies at Bethlehem Lutheran School. Entering Registered Nurses training at Lincoln General Hospital, Lincoln, NB at age 17, Esther's graduation culminated with her first employment in the Newborn Nursery at the Whitehall Mansion, a State home for dependant Children. A road trip to California with sister, Edna, in August, 1931 ended in Covina where Esther, through her membership in Trinity Lutheran Church, met her husband-to-be, Jacob Maurer. They married on May 20, 1934 - a union that spanned 50 years. Their life in citrus farming was established in Charter Oak, CA. It was here that their three children were born. In 1955 the family moved to Lemoncove, CA. Here they continued the family citrus business. Esther quickly became involved in 4-H, and local school activities. She was very involved with the Lutheran's Women Group. The importance of her Lutheran faith brought her to be a charter member of Exeter's Trinity Lutheran Church. A woman of strong conviction, compassion and abundant love, Esther will be lovingly remembered for her love of family, spirit of adventure, epicurean talent, and her "secret" of long life: fresh squeezed orange juice EVERY morning! Predeceased by her husband Jacob and eldest son, Denny Maurer, Esther is survived by: Children: daughter Mary Brazil (Richard), son, Edward Maurer (Chris), and daughter-in-law, Merrilyn (Maurer) Brady; Grandchildren: David Maurer (Stephanie), Julie Maurer, Mike Brazil (Carrie), Karen Houseworth (Ed), and Pamela Collver (Phillip), Lindsey Maurer, and Stephanie Maurer, Great-Grandchildren; Bryce and Jake Maurer, Brandon and Brianna Brazil, Abby, Emma and Jacob Houseworth, Other survivors include: brother, Herman Linkugel (Wilma) and sister, Elvira Kruse. Memorial service will be held in Exeter, at Trinity Lutheran Church, on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Ridge Center, St. Louis, MO. 63141. Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Online condolences: www.smithfamilychapel.com
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta on Apr. 21, 2010