BELGRADE -- Esther Josephine Childs, 99, holder of the Belgrade Boston Post Cane, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Glenridge Nursing Home in Augusta.
She was born in Benton on March 23, 1913, the daughter of Ray and Marion (Garside) Weymouth. She was a 1932 graduate of Winslow High School. Esther married Willis Childs in 1945. He died in 2000.
A longtime resident of Belgrade, Esther worked more than 15 years for Fosters Camps and was bookkeeper for her son's business for many years. She enjoyed her flower gardens and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She loved taking rides. Esther was creative in woodworking, making lawn ornaments and helping to build her home.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers: Ray Weymouth Jr. and Maurice Weymouth. Surviving are her son, Maurice Childs, and his wife, Karen, of Belgrade; a brother, Carl Weymouth, and his wife, Janet, of Benton; grandchildren Arthur Charles and Erik Charles and his wife, Joanna; great-grandchildren Sophie and Sam Charles; a sister-in-law, Inge Weymouth; special nieces: Karen Van Valkenburg and her husband, Peter, and Kathy Stevens and her husband, Scott; and several nieces and nephews. Esther will be missed by many close friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the staff at Glenridge Nursing Home for the excellent care they gave to Esther.
Friends are invited to visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Belgrade Lakes Union Church UMC, Route 27, Belgrade Lakes, where a funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade. Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Oakland, www.wheelerfh.com.
Those who wish may make memorial donations to Belgrade Fire and Rescue, 6 Manchester Road, Belgrade, ME 04917.