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Ella Esther Clarke (1924-2012)

After a long, fun-filled and joyous life, Esther went to be with God on March 25, 2012. Esther was born on a farm in Cedar Springs, Michigan to Emily Miranda and John Harvey Heiss on June 8, 1924. After graduating from Cedar Springs High School she married Eric Clarke in 1942 and began the adventure of their lives together. She sold her cow, left the farm, and followed him around in the service until his time was up and he went back to finish at Purdue. They moved to California in 1958 and settled in San Pedro. They raised their children there and Esther lived in that same home until her passing. Esther was a homemaker and mother “supreme” and never wanted anything different. However, weekends were meant for fun and Esther always had something planned; camping, Sunday drives, backyard parties and the list goes on. Their motto was, “Every day is the 4th of July and every night is New Year’s Eve!” Her husband, Rick, preceded her in death by 5 years and now they are having fun dancing together again, celebrating what would have been their 70th anniversary year. Their three daughters and sons-in-law; Susan and Paul Galyean, Debora Esther and Myron Croel, and Emily and Dave Anderson, wish they could see them as they are reunited as do the grandchildren and their families. Susan’s family includes; Mark and Jennifer Galyean with Griffin, Rick and Anna Galyean, Clarke and Erin Galyean with Jadyn and Kylar, Gerri and Sam Panebianco with JP and Eric. Debora Esther’s family includes; Christine and Darren Cecil with Tinsley, CJ, and Darren, Roxie and Mike McNabb with Clayton, Ella Esther and Matt. Emily’s family includes; Jennifer and Kevin Pulvers with Isaiah, Piper, Bradley and soon- to- arrive Grayson, Jim and Ann Anderson with Hailey, Faith and Blair, Rob and Kristen Anderson with Isabella, Ashley and Madelyn, and Jared and Ana Anderson with Ava. The guest list would be at 47 just with Esther’s immediate family! Her numerous beloved nieces, nephews and many friends would be a must! Esther’s life revolved around her family and friends and she put her never-ending energy into keeping them all together Esther was the only girl in six children and is survived by her brother, Jack Heiss. She is also survived by her brother and sisters-in-law; Bill Clarke, Betty Heiss, Ellen Heiss, Rosemary Clarke and Sally Clarke. Esther was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro, the Order of the Eastern Star, and an honorary member of Bethel #24 Job’s Daughters. There will be a memorial of her life (and probably theirs together) at the First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro on Sat., March 31st at 2:00 p.m. The family invites friends to join the celebration as we share and remember together.  Visitation will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park on Fri. March 30th at 5- 8:00. You may sign the guestbook at  http://www.greenhillsmortuary.com

 

 

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