She was born May 5, 1928 in Middlebourne, WV to James W. and Delcie (Haught) Howard but was raised in Sistersville. Esther retired from Nelson Drug Store and was a past member of the fraternal order of the Eagles and the Eagles Woman’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed making crafts and walking around Marietta.
Surviving are her children Robert “Bob” Gray, Jr. of Richmond VA and Brenda Hartlage (Jim) of Marietta. Also surviving are grandchildren John Gray (Stephanie), Meaghan Pantoni (Damian), Meredith Gray, MacKenzie Gray, Dale Goddard Jr., Shane Goddard, Ruthie Jett (Steve), Will Gray Jr. (Faith) and Josh Gray (Danielle) and great grandchildren Grayson, Austin, Nicholas, C.J., Tadd, Nathan, Taylor, Jessica, Josselyn, Alex, Rebecca, Ceceila, Alyssa and William III along with great great grandchildren Tacie, Jalynn, Maddie, Abby, and Braydon. A brother Glen Howard of Alpharetta, GA also survives.
In addition to her parents Esther was preceded in death by her daughter Tanya Thacker, son William R. Gray, her former husband Robert Gray, Sr. and siblings Edna, Bernice, Lawrence, Bessie, Andrew, Erman, John and Ida.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Monday April 1st at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 pm Sunday with the family present from 6 to 8. Messages of sympathy may be sent at www.lankfordfh.com.