• August 23, 1924 - November 4, 2017
  • Austin, Texas

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Esther Salazar, wife of Gilbert Salazar, daughter of Bruna Ramirez Gutierrez, and sister of Aurora, Manuel, and Slim, all deceased, was born August 23, 1924 in Glenmore, Louisiana. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 4, 2017 in Austin, Texas. She was 93 years old. She is survived by her daughter Emily in Austin, her cousin Teresa Acosta in Mexico, her sister-in-law Jenet Melton, her brother-in-law Herman Salazar, and many "favorite" nieces and nephews, and the best friends a person could ever have. Esther grew up in Sugarland, Texas, lived a few years in Brenham, Texas, lived most of her life in Houston, and spent her last twenty years residing with her daughter in Austin. She is a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church. Esther did not have a formal education and she never learned to drive. In her youth, she stayed home doing housework and making meals for her mother and siblings. Her greatest regret was not going to school, but she taught herself to read and write in Spanish and English by reading magazines. Esther often said that it was Gilbert who opened the door for her to the rest of the world. When they married she was a stay-at-home Mom who created a loving environment for her family. She sewed, she tended to her rose garden, she attended PTA meetings, she baked cookies, and she was the best mother and wife in the world. When Emily went to college, Esther worked at Neiman Marcus in men's alterations, where she made many new friends whom she treasured dearly. Esther loved to read and she could spend hours in bookstores and libraries. Little things in life were a big treat to her: teddy bears, costume jewelry, romantic music, makeup, window shopping, getting her hair styled, and more often than not sneaking a cookie from the cookie jar. She travelled all over the world with Emily to Europe, Canada, and more states and cities than can be named. But when it was all said and done, it was family who mattered to her most: hearing her husband play guitar, listening to her daughter play the piano, looking at family pictures in albums and on social media, holding her "grandson kitty" Huckleberry on her lap, and talking on the phone to her relatives and close friends. God shared Esther with us for 93 years. We will never forget her smile, her cute facial expressions, her playfulness, and her concern for others. She thought she wasn't educated, but what she didn't know was that in knowing her we all learned a little something more about life and how to live it. You will be missed Mumsy, but every day we will feel your love, because you had a lot of love to share.
Vigil prayer service to celebrate her life Tuesday, Nov, 7, 2017 at 7:00pm at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX. Service to be led by Father David P. Uribe. Viewing and visitation will follow the service. Burial will be Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 10:30am at Forest Park Westheimer cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX. Donations in lieu of flowers to: American Heart Association or American Alzheimer's Association.