On June 5, early in the morning, Esther passed away in her sleep at the age of 93. She lived a wonderful life, filled with family and friends.
Esther will be remembered with love by her two daughters, Pat Richardson and Peggy Garritty, and her sons in law Lorie Garritty and Barry Richardson who will really miss their regular rum and cokes with Grandma. She was the love of their lives to grandchildren Christine (Jeffrey) de Wit, Scott (Meghan) Richardson, Neil (Stefanie) Garritty, and Sean Garritty. Her great grandchildren – Camryn, Emerson, Hailey and Findley - will grow up with lots of stories about Grandma Esther. Special friends Kevin, Peter, and her friends at Governor’s Hill in St. Albert will also share lots of fond memories of times with Esther.
Mom was born and raised in Saskatchewan to a typical farming family with two brothers and three sisters. She began a career teaching in a one-room schoolhouse but, like all women in those days, she had to quit teaching when she met and married our dad, Ron Matcham. When dad came back from serving in the war, she devoted her time to being a wonderful wife, mother and friend. Through all the years we were growing up in Saskatoon, we could always count on her to get us off to school, sew amazing costumes for figure skating events, support the crazy things we got up to at school, and welcome our friends at any time. We’ll remember lots of Saturday nights with aunts, uncles and cousins, singing along with my aunt on the piano. Moving to Edmonton meant a big change in our lives, but she quickly adapted, going to work at the Edmonton General Hospital where she worked until she retired at age 65. Living on 148th Street, Esther and Ron met some lasting friends and together, they started what has become an Edmonton tradition – Candy Cane Lane. Nothing was more fun than seeing the house transformed every year, inside and out, with lights, ornaments and decorations galore. After dad died, Esther moved to Governor’s Hill in St. Albert where she met her great friends, Molly and Vi. Most recently, Mom was fortunate to live at Laurier House where she received wonderful care. She was always game for going out for dinner, coming to the cabin, joining us for a beer at the corner, and especially enjoying a rum and coke with friends and family.
We would like to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Laurier House. In lieu of flowers, we would ask that donations be made to the Capital Care Foundation, directed to Laurier House.