Esther Ann MacKellar

Oscoda, Michigan
January 27, 1936 - December 3, 2018

Services

A celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2019 and interment will take place in Park Hill Cemetery in Paris, MI.

Obituary Notice

Age 82, of Oscoda, MI passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital. She was born on January 27, 1936 in Big Rapids, MI to the late Clifton and Elma Gould. Esther prided herself on raising her family. Her late husband, Theodore dedicated his life to serving his country in the Unites States Air Force and she, therefore, dedicated her life to serving as well. Together they raised their 7 children while honoring their military commitment; each new duty station brought a new adventure for the family. The family had multiple duty tours at Oscoda Wurtsmith Air Force Base over the years and it was during those times that they fell in love with Oscoda and made it their home. Esther played a pivotal role during the Vietnam Era in establishing a support group for the wives and children that were left behind while their husbands went to war. Her role as a leader and a woman of courage carried into every aspect of her life. In 1978, her late husband, Theodore had a sudden brain aneurism and Esther lovingly took on the role of his full time caretaker until he passed away in 2000. She had many hobbies and an intense competitive spirit. She loved playing cards and dominos, bowling, ceramics, traveling, swimming and enjoyed making and selling her “majic towels”. Esther was a member of the American Legion, VFW and attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, MI. She is survived by her 7 children, Cynthia (Steve Whalen) Smith, Kathleen (Joseph) Johnson, Theodore (Janice Miller) MacKellar, Joseph MacKellar, Richard MacKellar, Vanessa (Brian) Goracke and Carolyn Kibble; sisters, Marge Nordin and Sylvia Kallas-Nankivel; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and her dog, Bingo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore MacKellar; sister, Elma Zuern; son-in-law, Edward Kibble and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2019 and interment will take place in Park Hill Cemetery in Paris, MI. Memorial contributions can be made to the local American Legion Post 274 or the VFW Post 3735 and you may offer your condolences online at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.

‘Her arms and door were always open and the coffee pot was on’.

"Remember on your travels to write my name in the sand."

Memorials

Memorial contributions can be made to the local American Legion Post 274 or the VFW Post 3735.

Cemetery

Park Hill Cemetery in Paris, MI

Condolences

Your life was a blessing, your memory is a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
I am honored and blessed to have known your and been loved by Grandma Mac. She was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss her. I love you all
— Melody Kotrba
Prayers for your family Vanessa, May God give you all peace and strength at this difficult time.
— theresa folkens
Vanessa, Losing our Moms is one of the most heartbreaking things you will ever face. I want you to know how sorry I am and that I am always here if you ever need a shoulder.
— Barb Ahrens

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