Esther P. (Porter) Maker-Sterling of Charlton, formerly of Stoughton and Webster, died Friday, July 13, 2013, at age 84. Beloved wife of the late John C. Maker and Earl Sterling, she was the mother of the late Kathleen C. Maker. She is survived by her daughters, Charlene V. Maker and her husband Andreas M. Koehler of Little Compton, R.I., Janice Gay Maker and her husband Christopher J. Gay of Norfolk, Va.; her six grandchildren, Fayne J. Maker, Wesley B. Maker-Fonseca, Sarah P. Maker, Rebecca C. Maker, Kelsey E. Healey-Maker, Nicholas W. Gay; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Alta Pettengill and husband George Pettengill; her son-in-law, John Healey of Webster; and several nieces and nephews. Born Sept. 1, 1929, in Boston, Esther was the loving daughter to the late Winston Churchill Porter and Gladys (Payson) Porter. She attended Milton Public Schools and was a 1947 graduate of Milton High School. Esther was a self-employed musician all of her life. She played at several area churches which included the Parkway Methodist Church in Milton, the Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton and the First United Methodist Church also in Stoughton. While attending Boston University, she had the distinct pleasure of studying piano under the direction of late Helen Lovejoy and Maude Downs. Mrs. Maker-Sterling was also a member of the Stoughton Choral Society and member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed sewing. Her family and her long musical career playing the piano were her greatest joys in life. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Her funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Sheehan, Lowe & Powers Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 115 Monk Street, Stoughton. The Rev. Gary F. Mettleton officiated. Visiting hours were held prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Donations to the Old Stoughton Musical Society, c/o the Stoughton Historical Society, 6 Park Street, Stoughton, MA 02072, in Esthers memory, would be appreciated. To send online condolences, please visit www.sheehanfuneralhome.com. Sheehan Funeral Home and Cremation Services Lowe & Powers, Inc. Since 1860 781-344-2061
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Published in The Stoughton Journal from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26, 2013