Esther H. (Howe) Pratt, 83

Esther Pratt

Esther H. Pratt

FALMOUTH — Esther H. (Howe) Pratt, 83, of Falmouth, died peacefully on Aug. 1, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Portland.

Esther was born in Portland on Sept. 11, 1929, the daughter of the late Charles and Ethel Howe. She grew up in the Portland area and was a graduate of Deering High School. Esther married Butler H. Pratt Jr. and together they began a new family.

Esther would stay at home to care for her husband and children, but that did not mean she led a quiet life. Esther was a very active woman in both youth and later on in life. She loved to roller-skate and cross country ski, and along with her husband she traveled the country in their R.V. enjoying all the sights of America. She knew how to stretch a penny and provide for her family, whom she loved so much. Above all things, Esther was a natural caregiver. Her loving and compassionate nature made her a true friend to many. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and many friends.

Predeceasing Esther was her husband, Butler H. Pratt Jr.; and two brothers, Charles and Ernest Howe.

Surviving are her children, Cheryl Pothoven of Seattle, Wash., David Pratt of Jasper, Fla., Brian Pratt of Falmouth and Michelle Fox of Harrison; three brothers, Robert Howe of Ogden, Utah, Arnold “Bud” Howe of Westbrook and Thomas Howe of South Portland; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Pine Grove Cemetery, 9 Waites Landing Road, Falmouth. Care for Esther and her family has been entrusted to the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home of Portland.

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