February 4, 1929 – November 21, 2020
With sadness, we announce the passing of our dear and precious Mom, Grandma, Oma, Auntie, sister, cousin, and friend, Esther Martin. She was loved, admired and respected by everyone who knew her. Her family and friends were her life. Although we grieve our loss and feel an incredible absence from our lives, we are so grateful for the many cherished memories we will hold forever because of her. She is survived by her five children, eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren: Brian (Michelle) with Boyd (Natalia), Bennett and Bree, and Tara (Jarrett Simpson); Margaret (Rodney) Brusky with Priscilla, Roderick (Sherrisse Belhumer) Alyssa, Brooklyn, Danielle , Caleb, Kaitlyn, and Ryland; Barry with Stephanie Martin (Brenda Bower), Wade (Sara) Martin, Sara Martin (James Newby); Mavis Martin; and Bryce (Tracey) with Dallin Martin (Brianna Bridle), Jocelyn (Seth Kielly) and Reagan (Jana Ham) along with many nieces and nephews, two brothers Harold (Irene) and Gordon (Anita) and sister-in-law Margaret Jackle. Esther was predeceased in 2001 by her loving husband and friend of 49 years, Bruce; her parents Louis and Caroline and her youngest brother Edwin. Esther was born in Weyburn and moved to the Ingebright area as a young child and attended school at Pontoville near the family farm. She married Bruce on June 5, 1952 in Christ Lutheran Church at Ingebright, the same church her parents Louis and Caroline married in 1927. Mom and Dad’s farm was 4 miles east and 6 miles north of Golden Prairie. They lived in the house his parents built. In 1967, they moved to the “new” home across the road. Exciting times! In 1984, Esther and Bruce moved to Medicine Hat to the home where Mom lived until her passing. Wherever they lived, everyone knew of Esther’s faith in God, her love of family, commitment to community and her culinary and horticultural expertise. Her children’s ball teams will attest to the hospitality and food she provided at so many Sports days over the years! She loved to watch her kids and grandchildren play ball, curl and other activities. Everyone at the Golden Prairie Curling Club waited with anticipation for Esther to bring her home-made soup. She loved to play cards; whist, canasta and gin rummy amongst her favorites. Her yard was filled with beautiful and aromatic flowers and plants. She felt such joy sharing her garden produce and delicacies. Esther was very committed to her church in Fox Valley and then Medicine Hat. She loved to contribute to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and their many activities! Who will ever forget the beautiful flowers she brought to church on Sunday mornings? The family wish to extend appreciation to her family physician, Dr. Ruzycki, who served her and Bruce for many years. Many thanks to the staff of Home Care who were so supportive, respectful and caring. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Masks are highly recommended). Please note that 10 maximum at one time will be allowed in the building for viewing. Due to Covid-19, a private graveside service will take place at Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Esther with a donation, may do so to Carmel Hospice (St. Joseph’s Home) c/o 156 - 3 St. NE, Medicine Hat, T1A 5M1 or to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, c/o St. Paul Lutheran Church 515 Sprague Way S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta T1B 4A7. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Esther Martin.