Esther Anne Stables

February 16, 2009

By Contributor

Esther Anne Stables, a longtime former Issaquah resident, died peacefully early in the morning Jan. 30, 2009, in Anacortes after spending the previous evening surrounded by loved ones. She was 94.Esther lived in the Waverly Hills Development, from 1963 through October 1997.

Born Jan. 14, 1915, Esther was the youngest of seven siblings brought up by Robert and Louise Biggar in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She moved to British Columbia to marry John Stables in 1942, from which they subsequently migrated to Washington state, where she spent the remainder of her life in the Seattle, Bellingham and Anacortes areas.

As with many of her generation, Esther highly valued community activities. Costuming for opera, signing in voters at the polls and garden club were important parts of her life. She loved the outdoors, spending many happy hours fishing on Lake Sammamish, walking the trails and roads of Issaquah and Anacortes, and visiting a much-loved family cabin at Lake Whatcom. The consummate homemaker, Esther was known for her pies and other baked goods, as well as her skill in gardening, floral arranging, decorating and needlework. 

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, John Stables, and all six of her siblings. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Jon and Vicky Stables, of Anacortes, and Brock and Katie Stables, of Everson; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands.

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