Esther Marietta Cash, 94, passed quietly in the morning of Oct. 28, 2014, at Syringa Hospital. She was the sixth child of Lena (Loretta) Gunter and William Edward Curtis. She was born on a ridge between Sally Ann Creek and Wall Creek on July 8, 1920. Her siblings were Chester, Zelma, Viola, Lovell, Marvin, Vera, Paul, Zula, Loretta, Wilma and Sylvia; all deceased.
She attended school at Clearwater, riding horseback sometimes, but walking most of the time. After their house burned they moved to Stites where she attended school until the eighth grade. She then graduated from high school in Kooskia.
On Aug. 27, 1940, she married her first love, Henry (Hank) Allison Moore. They made their home in Kamiah where their first child, Delvin, was born in 1941. They later moved to Troy, Ore., and then on to Tacoma, Wash. That is where their daughter, Connie, was born in 1943. They then moved back to the Moscow mountains and on to Grangeville until Hank was stationed in Texas. Their youngest daughter, Beverly, was born in Temple, Texas, in 1945. They then returned to Moscow finally settling in Viola until Hank’s death from a tragic logging accident on Aug 27, 1947, their seventh wedding anniversary.
Esther and the kids moved back to Grangeville to be close to family. She later met David Arthur Cash at a dance and they were then married a year later on April 20, 1950. They made their home in Grangeville and eventually settled near Gram Cash. They peeled their own logs and built their cabin in Happy Hollow.
They spent summers in the mountains, traveled to Alaska to work in a mining camp, vacationed in Hawaii, and drove long haul truck together to every other state except Vermont. Dave preceded her in death in 2004.
She worked as a clerk, waitress, camp cook, co-owner of a television repair shop and drove long-haul truck cross-country for eight years.
She enjoyed her good friends, her family, reading, flowers and looking at the wildlife and birds out her big picture window with her kitty, Socks, at her feet.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Delvin and Lynn Moore, Bill and Connie Shuck, David and Bev Paradis; eight grandchildren, Cheryl, Mitch, Denise, Tanya, Davy, Cindy, Mark and Chris; 27 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing was held Sunday, Nov. 2, at Blackmer Funeral Home, and a graveside service was held at Prairie View Cemetery Monday, Nov. 3. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a monetary donation to Senior Citizen’s Center/Senior Meals, 108 Grangeville Truck Route, Grangeville, ID 83530.
As I am writing this I realize this is goodbye… I will miss you, Grandma. You were truly a joy and inspiration. I love you dearly and I know you are now at peace in loving arms. Your love touched us all! Rest in peace.