Oct. 1, 1919 - April 18, 2011
Esther F. Fields passed peacefully away April 18, 2011, in College
Place. Esther was born in Walla Walla on Oct. 1, 1919, to John and Selma Bich Schimke. She was raised on a farm in Heaton, N.D. On Sept. 31, 1939, she married David C. Fields in Tacoma. She was preceded in death by David, her "honey" of almost 50 years; they had
Upon retirement first from dairy farming in Graham, Wash., then from Rainier School in Buckley, Wash., David and Esther enjoyed many years of biking and camping adventures. After David's passing, at the age of 69, Esther biked with Cycle Oregon across Oregon as a tribute to her husband. Her quest of discovering "what's around the next corner" found her exploring by herself, on her bike the countryside
surrounding Walla Walla. Eventually, she became a very active member of the Wheatland Wheelers.
Esther was a member of the Stateline Seventh day Adventist Church, where she served for many years as a greeter and as a church office volunteer. She felt the comforts of the Lord when reading favorite
scriptures from the book of Psalms. A talented organ player, she loved to play old-time and country western gospel songs. Two of her life's greatest satisfactions were serving the Lord and helping other people. She would bake cookies to welcome neighborhood newcomers or to take with her as she visited her "shut-ins" or grieving friends. Esther baked awesome cinnamon rolls. Her artistic outlook was evident in her photographs, in her flower beds and in the creation of handcrafted dolls. A cancer survivor, she kept active with outdoor work, home repair, gardening and staying in touch with friends, family and the world through the computer. Proud of turning 90 years old,
her family held a fun "Birthday Bash" in her honor.
Esther is survived by daughter, Faye (Rich) Krenkel of Spokane; son, David (Kim) Fields of Surprise, Ariz.; daughter, Joan (Larry) Garton of Pendleton; eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She deeply loved her family; was totally loved in return and is greatly missed. We, her family, rest in the knowledge that our mother is with her Lord and Savior.
A memorial funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., at Stateline Adventist Church, 53730 Stateline Road, Milton Freewater. Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Walla
Walla Museum through Professional Funeral Director Crematory, 2112 S. 2nd Ave., Walla Walla, WA.