Esther Ann MacKellar
January 27, 1936 - December 3, 2018
A celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2019 and interment will take place in Park Hill Cemetery in Paris, MI.
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."
Memorial contributions can be made to the local American Legion Post 274 or the VFW Post 3735.
Park Hill Cemetery in Paris, MI