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Esther Elfreda Doerksen (Epp)

August 7, 1936 - August 4, 2023


Esther Elfreda Doerksen was born on August 7, 1936, to Mary (Liesch) and Peter Epp, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her formative years were spent, along with her younger brothers Peter and Eric, on a small farm in Greendale, British Columbia.

Esther met the love of her live, Leonard Doerksen, in ninth grade at the Mennonite Educational Institute. She writes in her memoirs that “by Grade Ten, Len was beginning to notice me!” Esther and Leonard were married on August 27, 1957, and they moved to Winnipeg, and then to Winkler, returning to Abbotsford in 1969.

Esther and Leonard had five children: Dorothy, Paul, Charles, Joyce and Donald. As the children grew older and began to leave home, a highlight of the year was summer vacations on Mayne Island and at Harrison Lake.

At age 48, Esther fulfilled a childhood dream, entering the Nursing program at Douglas College, in New Westminster. Upon graduation, she worked as a casual nurse at Chilliwack Hospital.

Esther had the gift of service and she shone as a hostess, first to Leonard’s Bible School students, then as a pastor’s wife, and finally through Mountain Acres Bed & Breakfast at their beautiful home on Sumas Mountain. In her later years, Esther shared her recipes, publishing “Grandma’s Cookbook – Recipes and Stories From 80 Years in the Kitchen”, and it was an instant hit with her children and grandchildren.


The center of Esther’s life has always been family, but even more importantly, her love of and her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In her last weeks on this earth, with her heart breaking at the thought of leaving her “Lennie” behind, she nevertheless with great anticipation looked forward to “going home”.

During the last weeks of her life, Esther’s husband was constantly by her side, holding her hand, singing to her, reading to her, and finally, releasing her to go “home”. Esther died peacefully on August 4, 2023, surrounded by family, and with her husband by her side.

Esther is survived by Leonard, her husband of 66 years, and their five children, 16 grandchildren (plus grandson Matthew who passed in 2000), and 18 great grandchildren.



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From: Sheri Doerksen
Relation: daughter in law

A mother-in-law, once close and dear, Through divorce, our paths unclear. Yet your love stays within my heart, Memories cherished, never to depart.
The chapters we shared, they may have closed, Yet your impact on me will be forever composed, In the story of life, you played a part, A mother-in-law who left an indelible mark
Though our paths diverge, I’ll cherish the past,
The memories we made, they’ll forever last, In thoughts of you, I’ll find my way,
Saying goodbye in my own quiet way,.

your daughter in love

From: Lorne Lambert
Relation: we were parishioners at ERBF

Dear Len and family
We could not come out for the memorial service for Esther however we want you to know you are in our prayers. Our condolences to you and family. God Bless.

Lorne and Sue Lambert and family

From: Ruth Bremner
Relation: We became pals when we met in Highland Community Church a few years ago.

So sorry for the loss of your special Mom and a very good friend of mine.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
September 9, 2023
Beginning at 11:00am

Clearbrook MB Church
2719 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

2719 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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