In loving memory of Esther Marks, 82 years old, died on Tuesday, 1 March 2016 in Kettering hospital. Her strong will to live, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through over 7 years of a valiant fight to continuous chest infections that affected her lungs.
Esther was born on February 23, 1934 in Belfast, Northern Ireland to Jim and Jane Weir. Esther was the second youngest of five – two older brothers: Norton and Theodore (Jim), and her beautiful sisters, Patricia and Ruth.
Known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers, she possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining Irish sense of humour. Throughout her life she maintained an elegant style and character of an English Lady with a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and love, will never be forgotten.
Married for 35 years to Ron, they raised two loving children – Paul and Angela. Possessing a true servant’s heart, Esther faithfully loved and cared for family and friends through delicious cooking/baking from scratch – including her Irish shortbread biscuits.
Her surviving members are both her children, her grandchildren: Paul Aaron, Heather Louise, Benjamin James, and Joules Stewart, and one great grandchild to Paul Aaron – Samuel Paul. Although Esther never got the opportunity to actually meet her great grandchild, she doted over him when they talked together on Face Time.
The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in many heart-felt forms from too many people to name individually, but including: her sister Patricia, sister-in-law Jackie, Brother-in-law John, all of her cousins, friends, neighbours, the nurses who cared for her – either through prayer and/or visits, and even random acts of kindness through total “strangers”.
The urn that Esther’s earthly remains will be held in nicely sums up, in one sentence, how fondly she will be remembered: Our Angel that lived, and touched so many people on their journey through life, will be fondly remembered for her love, care, compassion, and laughter she brought into their lives.
This is the obituary written by yours truly, Paul (Lou) Marks and on behalf of his sister, Angela, in honour of our dearest loving Mother who is sadly and greatly missed. It is my tribute to her memory, which will be carried on in the legacy of love that is now each of us – the lives she formed and touched by her love.