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Dorothy Jean Esser

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Dorothy 'Jean' ESSER (1926 ~ 2011) Dorothy 'Jean' Esser passed away in her sleep at her home in Bellevue on Tuesday, March 1. She was 84 years old. Her memorial service will be held at St. Louise Parish in Bellevue on Saturday, March 19 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean's memory can be made to Youth Eastside Services. To offer remembrances in an online guest book, please visit www.sunsethillsfuneralhome.com and look for Jean's name in the upper right column. Born in Priest River, Idaho on Sept. 11, 1926, Jean lived in multiple locations in Eastern Washington as a child before her family finally settled in Spokane. Jean graduated from Marycliff High School in Spokane in 1944, and went on to attend Holy Names College in Spokane, where she was the yearbook editor as a senior and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in Education. Jean was working as an elementary school teacher when she met Joe Esser, a Korean War veteran who was then stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. They were married at St. Aloysius Parish in Spokane in 1953, but soon moved to Western Washington, eventually settling in Bellevue. For many years Jean worked side-by-side with Joe at the family business, Esser's Chevron, in the Crossroads neighborhood of Bellevue. They also raised their three children at a nearby home in Bellevue. Jean was preceded in death by Joe, her husband of 43 years, when he passed away in 1997. Jean's twin sister, Phyllis Nelson, passed away in Couer d'Alene, Idaho in 2000. Jean is survived by son Mark Esser and his wife Sally Esser, son Luke Esser and daughter Marcia Esser, granddaughters Katie Esser and Becky Esser, and extended family members throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jean enjoyed a lifelong love of roller-skating that spanned the years from her teens to her early 80's. She and Joe began square dancing in the 1970's and Jean continued to square dance well into her 80's. Jean was a founding member of St. Louise Parish in Bellevue and continued to worship there throughout the rest of her life.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 6 to Mar. 13, 2011
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