Esther Mabel (Good) Richmyer, of Birdsview, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016. She was 94. Esther was born the youngest of seven children to Arthur and Mabel (Warfield) Good, in the Day Creek area of Skagit County. She was united in marriage with (Wilfred) Vernon Richmyer on June 28, 1936, and they spent a loving 52 years together until Vernon’s death in 1988. She spent the next twenty-six years in their family home, the same home where four generations of Richmyers have resided since 1935.
She and Vernon began their life together in Birdsview, then operated a dairy farm in Skiyou in the late 1930’s. They spent the 1940’s in the Ballard area of Seattle, then moved to their new home in Mountlake Terrace in 1950, where they finished raising their family. They bought Vernon’s parents’ home in 1968, where they spent their retirement years. Esther held a number of jobs: owning/operating a mom-and-pop grocery with Vernon in Mountlake Terrace, making Lanny’s Pizza in Tukwila and as a seamstress at Johnson’s Rain Gear in Ballard. But, her role of wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker was the most important to her, always putting her family first.
As in the loss of their daughter in a tragic accident, Esther exhibited the same courage and fortitude when she, at age 67, both lost her husband and was diagnosed with Diabetes. She qualified for her first driver’s license soon after that, determined to get along on her own. At age 70, she survived quadruple coronary bypass surgery; and, at age 80, confronted and survived breast cancer surgery and follow-up treatments. Over the next 14 years, with her family’s help, she was able to stay in her own home, despite ten of those years dealing with worsening symptoms of Dementia. Since June of 2014, Esther has been in the wonderful care of the staff and the friendship of fellow residents at Prestige Care and Rehabilitation in Burlington, Washington, where we
said our final goodbye. Throughout all her struggles and losses, Esther maintained her strong will, loving spirit and playful sense of humor. She will be remembered with love and pride.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Vernon; their youngest daughter Patti Jean; their granddaughter Anne Elizabeth; four brothers, Arthur, Armin, Homer and Weldon Good; and two sisters Rose Abrahamson and Frieda Parker. She is survived by her son Gary (Judy) Richmyer; her daughters Janet Maloney, Pamela (John) Kopeinig and Debra (Robert) Clarke; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
In honoring Esther’s wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name are suggested to The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Foundation. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel. Share memories of Esther and sign the online guest register.