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Esther Branthaver

Esther Laverne Jones Branthaver passed away peacefully on July 30, 2016 at the University Retirement Community in Davis, California at the age of 94. She lived much of her early life in Upper Peninsula Michigan. She married Charles A. Branthaver in Chicago on May 7, 1944. In 1949 Charles and Esther moved to Sacramento where they remained until 1965. During this time Esther became the president of the Twenty-thirtyettes. From 1965-69 they lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1969, the family moved back to Davis and again to Sacramento where Esther completed her Bachelor's degree at California State University at Sacramento in 1978. During her affiliation with CSUS she played an important role as one of the founders of The Renaissance Society on campus. Esther leaves behind four children, seven grandchildren and one sister.

A celebration of Esther's life will be held on September 10, 2016 at 1 o'clock PM at University Retirement Community, Davis, CA. The family wishes to thank Yolo Hospice for their loving care of her during her last months at the University Retirement Community. If you wish to sign her guestbook online you may do so at www.smith-funerals.com. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Huntington's Society at hdsa.org .

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Celebration of Life
Saturday, September 10, 2016
1:00 PM
University Retirement Community

1515 Shasta Drive
Davis, CA 95616

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We had many happy memories. Farewell to a good friend. Carol Doyle

Carol Doyle Aug 27 2016 12:00 AM

I always thought the world of your mom, Esther. We used to swim together at Arden Hills in the late 80s and 90s. She was elegant, bright, and wore the best flowered swim caps ever! I met one of you ( i apologize, but am not sure of your name, but think the youngest one.) I can still see her walking out to the pool. I am devastated that we did not keep up after she left Arden Hills. I believe she was at Eskaton for a while. But please know that she was an amazing woman who left a mark. When I lost my mom nearly 2 years ago, I felt relief at the end of her suffering. But I miss her daily. Please keep her alive in your hearts. Sincerely, Denyse Nishio

Denyse Nishio Aug 23 2016 12:00 AM