Our Sunshine Lady, Esther L. Roby, died Dec. 22, 2017, at her home near Kamiah, Idaho. Her
long battle with arthritis, diabetes and many other surgeries is over.
Esther liked going to the Lutheran Church and was very well-known as the sunshine lady there for many years, sending out cards for all occasions. She loved sending cards to family and friends.
Esther L Schilling was born at Flasher, N.D. on Feb. 11, 1932, to parents Herman
and Effie Schilling. As an infant, Esther moved with the family to Idaho living at Coeur d' Alene where she started her schooling, later moving to Orofino, Idaho, where she finished the eighth grade at the Banner School.
At the age of eight Esther was sent to Caldwell, Idaho, for two years to a special speech school,
returning to her family at Orofino to finish the eighth grade. At 14 years, she had to leave home
to do childcare and housework for $1.00 a day. At age sixteen she worked as Tray Girl at the
Orofino hospital, where at seventeen she met Del Roby. They were married shortly thereafter
on June 1, 1949. They lived in their little home there almost a year, where their son Elvin was
They purchased their present day property near Kamiah, Idaho in spring of 1950, moved there,
and lived there to this day. They had four separate homes on that property. One new home
burned in 1964 with a loss of everything, including more than 800 quarts of her canned fruit and vegetables and canned elk meat.
Esther’s first ten years at Kamiah were hard work in an old house with no bathroom and an
outhouse. Her husband Del was away a lot working in the logging camps, filming river trips and hunting camps. There were the cows, chickens, yard work and garden chores. She spent many summers camping on her husband's jobs.
Esther dearly loved her flowers, rock garden and yard work and was always planting something.
She was active at school with her children. Esther stuck close to her husband during all his
"whistle-blowing years" giving him support.
She entered some of the logging shows in the 1950's winning Jack and Jill sawing with her
husband and Jill sawing. She was named all-around intermountain Jill in 1956. She spent many
summer campouts with her family and grandchildren, fishing and swimming, prospecting
and rock hunting, huckleberry-picking, etc.
Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Del; her parents, Herman & Effie; her son, Elvin; brothers, Marvin, Warren, Elmer, Curtis, Herman (Sonny), Barney, and Lawerance; and sisters, Mildred and Dorothy.
Survivors include her daughter, Lois Peltier, of Boise, Idaho; nine grandchildren; 28 great- grandchildren; brother, Ronnie and many nephews and nieces.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Kamiah Community Presbyterian Church. There will be a covered dish dinner following the memorial service. Reverend Luann Howard will officiate.Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia, Idaho is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kamiah Community Presbyterian Church in memory of Esther Roby. This will be given to help people in their time of need.
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