We are sad to let you know that Esther Erikson, our amazing mother and longtime resident of Sicamous, passed away from a stroke on Monday July 28th, 2015. She is survived by her children, Marilyn (Bob), Jack (Jan), Eric, Brad (Lise), Todd, her 9 grandchildren, one great grandchild and many close extended family members as well as her brother Art ( Beryle) and her sisters Alvina and Jane. She was predeceased by her brother Walter, her brother in law Bob her nephew and neice, Robert and Tracey.
Esther was born to Jake and “Betty” Block on Nov 20,1934 in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. She lived in many prairie towns growing up, and ended up in Armstrong and Sicamous for high school, where she met and married Emil Erikson (1954 – 1978) and settled down.
Esther gifted her children and grandchildren with her deep love of family, laughter, music, good food, games and service to others. She took many into her home, treating them like they were her own.
Esther has been a dedicated contributor to the community throughout the years, from starting a kindergarten in Sicamous in 1959 when she had a young family, running the PTA, coaching sports, director at Camp McKenzie and singing in choirs, to her more recent interests of the Art and Palette Club, running the Crib night, cooking for Meals on Wheels, driving for COPS, and providing cinnamon buns and baking for any event.
One of Esther’s many legacies was spearheading the creation of the Community Plaque honouring the passing of young people from the Sicamous area. She was also well known for her cooking and baking, her beautiful scarves, grand earrings and glittery outfits.
Esther has always been involved in the United Church congregation and was the President of the Cambie Hall Association for many years. She was passionate about keeping the hall active and vibrant in her mission to bring people together in community. She will be well remembered and deeply missed by many. The family would to thank her dear friend Gus Jensen for his love and care, Dr. Beech and the hospital staff for their excellent care and guidance.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday August 28th at 3 pm in the Sicamous Seniors Center, 1055 Shuswap Ave. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Cambie Hall Association at the Sicamous branch of the SA Credit Union or at the service.
Online condolences may be sent through Esther’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com