Susan Lowe Esterly left this earth on January 10th after a long struggle with Lung Disease. A Celebration of Life will be held this Saturday, January 19th from 2pm-4pm in the Esterly Hall at the Nevada County Board of Realtors, 336 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley.
Susan was a fi fty-year resident of Nevada County and the widow of Richard Patton Esterly. Born August 29th, 1934 in Chicago to John and Mildred Wilson, Sue was raised in Barrington, Illinois. Her family moved to California in 1952, where she attended UC Berkeley graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in History in 1956. Susan soon after came to Nevada County to teach English in Seven Hills Junior High School. She met the love of her life on a blind date arranged by good friends Lynn and Julie Bramkamp. Susan and Richard married in November of 1958 at Emanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley. She eventually became a real estate broker and joined the Esterly Organization, retiring in 2000.
Over the years, Susan was a founding member and Past President of the local P.E.O. chapter, was active in AAUW, was a Pink Lady at Sierra Nevada Hospital, volunteered in local schools, the Grass Valley Emanuel Episcopal Church, various community events and was a leader of both Boy and Girl Scouts.
Susan is predeceased by her husband of 34 years, Richard Patton Esterly and parents John C. and Mildred Wilson. She is survived by sisters Lynne Bajuk and Lori Lockwood, son Richard Patton Esterly, Jr., (Shari), daughter Lynne Anne Walker (Michael), daughter Christine Gail Hoxsie (Micheal) and five grandchildren; Allison Nancy Walker, Michelle Susan Walker, Jonathan Patton Walker, Nicholas Patton Hoxsie, Kelly Lynne Hoxsie, and two step-grandchildren, Shawna Carolyn Hoxsie and Joshua Michael Hoxsie.
Susan was an outstanding Mother, giving Grandmother, and dear friend to all.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Susan was known to donate to: KARE Crisis Nursery in Grass Valley, Food Bank, and Doctors Without Borders.