Mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many, Esther Mae Duvall, 72, of Davis, CA, formerly of Sedro Woolley, WA, passed away September 19, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer.
Esther was born to the late Oscar and Betty (Ahlstrom) Ison, February 8, 1947, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was the oldest of six children. She lived in Kearns, UT until she was 11 years old, when her family moved to the Pacific Northwest. Esther graduated from Ballard High School via classes at Edison Tech.
A real people person, her various jobs included helping or caring for people in some way, such as an aide at nursing homes and a resident advisor at Job Corps. Eventually she became a certified nursing assistant and started her own business, providing in-home respite care.
She was married to the love of her life, the late Richard Duvall in 1972, and they lived together in Sedro- Woolley, Washington for 34 years. After her husband and then her mother passed away, Esther moved to Davis, CA to be a help to her daughter, Judi, and her young grandchildren in 2011.
A lifelong learner, Esther took lessons in numerous pursuits that interested her, such as sewing and Celtic harp. She was always up for an adventure, and especially enjoyed taking road trips along the coast with her family. Esther’s family and friends were always her top priority. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the church also played an important role in her life. She loved teaching the children at church, especially in the nursery.
Esther is survived by her two daughters: Celeste and Judi; two sisters: Donna and Ruth; four brothers: Doug, Calvin, Craig, and Stan; brother-in-law John (Joan); four grandchildren: Simone, Dominic, Jackson and Tera; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.
Celebrations of Life will be held in her honor on October 5, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. in the Eleanor Roosevelt Circle community room, 675 Cantrill Dr., Davis; and October 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1122 McGarigle Rd, Sedro-Woolley. Private interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Sedro-Woolley.