Esther passed away at home on October 31, 2010 with her family at her side. She is survived by her husband Barry of 57 years, sons Brian (Beth) of Surrey, B.C. and Rod (Janice) and grandsons Daniel and Jonathan of Richmond, B.C.
Esther is also survived by three siblings; Lawrence (Rita) of Edmonton, Alberta, Marie (George) of Edmonton, Alberta and Gwen (John) of Stony Plain, Alberta as well as many nephews and nieces.
Esther was predeceased by her parents Clayton and Therese Steffler of Streamstown, Alberta; step father Tommy Jamieson of Streamstown, Alberta, brother David of Paradise Valley, Alberta and sisters Dorothy of Marwayne, Alberta and Vera of Mornville, Alberta and daughter-in-law Carol of Tsawwassen, B.C.
Esther was born in Macklin Saskatchewan on June 30, 1932 into a family of seven siblings. They soon moved to a farm in Steamstown, Alberta where she spent her early years. Following school she moved to Edmonton where she lived with her two sisters. She was employed as a stenographer until she met her future husband Barry McGill. They were married on September 18, 1953. They had many moves during their lifetime: Red Deer, Lethbridge, Tsawwassen, Regina and back to Edmonton. Esther and Barry retired in 1989 and moved to Qualicum Beach, B.C. where they presently lived.
Esther was an avid golfer and curler. She curled in the Qualicum Senior Mixed League. Esther over the years belonged to the Beach Grove Golf Club, the Regina Golf Club, the Glendale Golf Club, Eaglecrest Golf Club and lately Arrowsmith Golf Club. When she was unable to golf she spent many hours watching the game on T.V. Esther looked forward to the many winters spent in the sunny south.
Being a homemaker, Esther devoted her entire life to the family, making sure that her husband, sons, and home were well looked after. Her patience, devotion, and love will be sorely missed by all. Mom could always be counted upon to provide a listening ear to husband and/or boys when going through difficult times. Mom — we will miss your comforting words of advice. You are in our hearts till we meet again in heaven or when the Lord returns (I Thess. 4:13-18).
Esther and Barry were regular attenders of St. Stephens United Church in Qualicum Beach, B.C. for many years. The family would like to thank Reverend Phil Spencer for his guidance and advice.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Hugh Fletcher for his care during the difficult times.
There will be a private family service and burial.
It is requested that in lieu of flowers donations would be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 1299, Qualicum Beach, BC, V9K 1T2, in her memory.
YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.