Esther Darlene Brown

Esther Darlene Brown passed away peacefully at home, with her daughters at her bedside, on Monday, July 7, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born the daughter of Brady and Sally (Gayhart) Brown on Sept. 11, 1926 In Worthington, KY

Esther devoted her life to caring for her special-needs daughter. Before moving to Grand Junction, Colo., in 1998, she was a longtime resident of Cortez, Colo., where she had many endeavors including owning and operating her own restaurant south of town, working at Southwest Memorial Hospital and operating a thrift store that employed those with special needs. She enjoyed volunteering for Special Olympics, gardening, camping, cooking and being surrounded by her family.

Esther is survived by daughters Dee Dee Dean of Fruita, Colo., Bridgette Mabry and husband Sam Mabry of Abita Springs, La., and Gloria Olson and fiancé Chet Thorpe of Grand Junction, Colo. She is also survived by grandsons Chris Portell and wife Tammy of Palisade, Colo., Robert Portell and wife Aimee of Jacksonville, Fla., Dusty Mabry of Oakland, Calif., and Chris Mabry of Oakland, Calif., great-grandson Evan Allen Kalaniapua Portell, and numerous nieces and nephews . Esther was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings.

Esther will be cremated with no service, honoring her last wishes. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Esther’s memory to either HopeWest Hospice, 3090 N. 12th St., Unit B, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or Mosaic, 2456 Industrial Blvd, Grand Junction, CO, 81505

Callahan-Edfast will be handling the cremation.