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Esther Brigida Doran

1925 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Esther Brigida Doran Obituary
October 8, 1925 - July 4, 2016 Born in Placentia of Mexican immigrant parents and raised in the citrus orchards of Fillmore, CA, Esther dreamed of seeing the world. The eldest daughter of 5, Esther was told as a child she was not smart enough to go to the "white school." She was determined to prove them wrong, and boy did she. In pursuit of her dreams she moved to San Diego for nursing school and landed at the VA in Westwood working in the Psychiatric unit. There she met and married, Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Mark Doran Jr, in 1955. While raising a family Esther went back to school to complete her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Phillips Graduate Institute, a career she continued throughout her life. Her love of travel took her around the world. But it was her love of family that defined her. She took it upon herself to make sure that her large extended family kept in touch with the annual Perez-Doran picnic in Kenny Grove in her hometown of Fillmore. The 50 year tradition that began with her parents was kept alive by Esther with the help of her younger brother John. Thanksgiving dinners at the Doran family home drew 25 or more family members and friends. Her wisdom and strength will be sorely missed by her family, her friends and her many patients at the non profit family clinic, Casa de la Familia where she continued to work until ill health slowed her down late last year. She is survived by her brothers, John and David, sister Sally Mason, son, Stephen Doran, daughter Laurel Doran and her husband Daniel Lucas, step daughter Deirdre Doran and grandchildren Ty and Erin Lucas. Funeral services: Friday July 15 noon Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 Central Ave, Fillmore, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 9 to July 10, 2016
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