Esther L. Small, 83


Esther Small

Esther Small

RAYMOND — Esther L. Small, 83, passed away peaceful with her loving family by her bedside on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1932, in Portland, to Harland and Bessie Thurlow. She graduated from Windham High School in 1950 and lived in Raymond.

Esther was a hard working mother of ten children. She worked as a waitress, housekeeper, and a home care provider. But best of all, she was a wonderful mother. She loved to sew, knit, garden, make wedding cakes, and the most important job was taking care of her kids. She was a great mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and a great friend to all who knew of her. Esther loved getting out to see all the new sites and loved to ride around in a car. She got to go places like the Maine Wildlife Park, the Portland Head Light, state parks, the Clam Bake, and to the Maine Mall. She enjoyed seeing how things have changed over the years while living with her daughter, Vicki and son in-law, Wayne for the last 2 1/2 years after her strokes. Esther lived a happy and fulfilling life and will be sadly missed.

She is predeceased by husband, Carl Small; and her son, Timothy M. Small.

She is survived by Brian Small, Michael Small, Malcolm Small, Kerry Small, Melissa Small, all from Raymond, Vicki Varney of Windham, Donna Coady of Auburn, Brenda Durgan of Oxford and Barry Small of Norway; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; two brothers from Raymond and one from Massachusetts.

Visiting hours were held Tuesday, July 19 at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco. Burial will be private at The Raymond Village Cemetery.

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