Esther Mae Gilroy

  • Born: August 5, 1918
  • Died: March 7, 2016
  • Location: Spring Arbor, Michigan

Watson Funeral Chapel

2590 Spring Arbor Road
Jackson, MI 49203

Tel. (517) 782-7144

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gilroy, Ester Mae

Of Spring Arbor, MI was born on August 5, 1918 to Andrew Howison and Eleanor Teeple Howison. Our Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother died on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the age of 97. Mother is survived by her sons, Gerald L. Gilroy (JayAnne) and Harris L. Gilroy (Betty) and daughter-in-law, SueAnne Gilroy. Grandchildren: Brandon L. Gilroy (Tammy), Kelly M. Rupert (Jon), Grant H. Gilroy (Andrea), Genesis M. Gilroy, Patrick T. Reid (Brooke), Jennifer L. Rule (Eric) and Robert L. Reid (Amy). Esther is also survived by twenty great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence Howison (LaVerne) as well as many nieces and nephews and cousins. Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Harris Lyle Gilroy, after 59 years of marriage; son, Richard D. Gilroy and granddaughters, Emily K. Gilroy and Riley Faith Rule. Sisters and brothers; Oleta Milks (Howard), Eleanor Finch (Alfred), Edgar Howison (Ann) and Irma Jane Curtis (R.G.) Esther was also preceded in death by her long-time friend, Beth Voller. Esther was born in Port Huron, MI and met her husband, Harris Lyle Gilroy, at Spring Arbor High School. Throughout his years with Ford Motor Company, they lived in Port Huron, MI; Dearborn, MI; Lima, Ohio; Port Elizabeth, South Africa; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Indianapolis, IN; spending the last 43 years of their life in Spring Arbor, MI. Esther's primary focus in life was to serve her Lord, Jesus Christ. All her activities centered round the Women's Missionary Society, Christian women's groups, bible study groups, etc. wherever she lived. Mother also started one of the most successful fund-raisers in the Church 40 years ago. She supported many children all over the world through her fervent love of missions. The last 43 years in Spring Arbor she also served her community by opening up her home to friends, missionaries and numerous young college-age women at Spring Arbor University as their house mother. Those who knew Mom well will readily admit that Mom rarely missed an event at the Church or University. A special thank you from the family to Lloyd and Judy Ganton for providing care for Mother in her final days and to her cousin, Chuck Fisher, college daughter, Marilyn Wilson and long -time friend, Editha Rogers, for their unending care of Mother in her final years. Memorial services will be performed by Pastor Mark VanValin at Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church in Spring Arbor on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:00am. Visitation will precede this service from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Church. Our family is being served by Watson Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Esther's honor to the Harris Lyle Gilroy and Esther Mae Gilroy Scholarship Fund at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI.