HUDSON FALLS - Esther B. Perkins, 87, of Martindale Avenue, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, June 14, 2009.
Born on Aug. 3, 1921, in Stony Creek, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Eva (Harrington) Baker.
Esther graduated from Hadley Luzerne High School and took several courses at Adirondack Community College.
On April 19, 1941, she married Irving B. Perkins in Stony Creek. Irving passed away in 1978, after 38 years of marriage.
She worked for Hudson Falls Central School as a school lunch manager for 23 years, retiring in 1976.
Esther had the distinction of being the oldest member of the Hudson Falls United Methodist Church. In her 50-year membership to the church, she attended the Bible studies, was very active with the United Methodist Women and also helped with the annual Lenten Clam Chowder Luncheon, the Holiday Craft Fair and folded the monthly bulletins. Esther was a member of the School Lunch Association and the Glens Falls Senior Citizens.
She enjoyed reading history books and novels and watching the Glens Falls Golden Eagles play. Esther was proud that her son-in-law is head coach. She also enjoyed tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. Esther was proud of her home and having large holiday family meals. She loved eyeing the world through her screened porch.
Esther was a beautiful woman, inside and out. She was neat, organized and extremely independent. Esther was also kind and caring to everyone she met. She was a wonderful mom, who always had cookies ready for her girls and grandchildren. Family came first in her life. She loved taking family vacations to Maine, doing needlework, embroidery and quilting, which she gave to her family and the church craft fair.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Milford Baker and Emerson Baker, who was killed on Normandy Beach at the age of 19.
Esther is survived by her two daughters, Joanne Chambers and her husband, James, of Clifton Park and Amelia Mayotte and her husband, John, of Madeira Beach, Fla.; her two grandchildren, Thomas Chambers and his wife, Anne, of Niagara Falls and Jennifer Chambers and her fiance, Keith Murphy, of Eden, Vt.; her two great-grandchildren, Teddy and Henry Chambers; her niece, Beth Crooks and her husband, Joseph, of Lake Luzerne; her nephews, Seth Baker of Greenfield Center and Raymond Lagace and his wife, Marion, of Albany; and her very special friend, Kay Corlew of Hudson Falls.
Friends may call on Monday (Today) from 6 to 8 p.m. and from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Carleton Funeral Home Inc., 68 Main St. in Hudson Falls.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Hudson Falls United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Lefurgy, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow at Pine View Cemetery in the town of Queensbury.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.com
Esther's family suggests that memorial donations be sent to the Hudson Falls United Methodist Church, 227 Main St., Hudson Falls, NY 12839 or the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 175 Dix Ave., Glens Falls, NY 12801.