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In Loving Memory of Esther George

Esther George We remember Esther George who went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 24, 2001.

Esther, who served five presidents as secretary at Eastern College and Seminary, on vacation shared Scripture with a sales clerk wile buying an item for her collection of owl figurines. The fact that the store would not take out-of-state checks prompted Esther to say, "Really, the only One we can trust is the Lord."

She then related how God had protected her on a her first plane trip that involved a forced landing at Kennedy International Airport. Esther, who was often teased for being bold, proceeded to read a portion of Psalms 91:1-2 from her small Bible that had comforted her during the emergency, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust."

"I never heard anything like this," the clerk responded with amazement; "it sounds so wonderful." Esther went on to share with her God's plan of salvation. The clerk promised that she would buy a Bible for herself and read it; and Esther told her she would be praying for her to place her faith in Christ.

We remember Esther as the family photographer over the years who insisted on getting each shot just right. After Mary's passing in 1996, Esther stepped in and took over duties as the cook at the George family household.

In writing of her parents a few years back, Esther said, "Our parents always stood behind us in all that we did. They encouraged us all along the way, and they were proud of our accomplishments. Because of their love and example, the ten of us who grew up together were able to become accomplished in all that we did. We praise the Lord that all members of our family are Christians and have been able to serve Jesus Christ our Savior in many areas of our lives."

For our dear Aunt Esther we can say, We thank our God for every remembrance of her.

Last Picture of Esther (top left) and her sisters, taken October 16, 2001


Services for Esther George
Saturday, November 3, 2001  3:00 PM
Woodland Presbyterian Church
401 South 42nd Street (42nd & Pine)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 386-1724

Approximately 250 people attended the Memorial Service for Esther at Woodland Presbyterian Church. The Order of Worship was as follows:

Prelude - Selected Hymns and Choruses - played by Ruth George
Call to Worship
Hymn No. 53 - "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"
Prayer
The Lord's Prayer
Old Testament Lesson - Psalm 103 - Ronnie George
New Testament Lesson - Galatians 4:21 - 28 - Dr. Philip Keevil
Gloria Patri
Hymn No. 314 - "Blessed Assurance"
Sermon "Woman of Promise" - Dr. Keevil
Reflections - Dr. Manfred Brauch, Past President, Eastern Baptist Seminary
Remembering Esther - Guests
Hymn No. 35 - "To God Be The Glory"
Benediction
The Doxology
Postlude

A reception was held in Kirk Hall following the service

In his remarks, Dr. Brauch announced that the Archives Room at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary will be named the "Esther Sarah George Archives Room" in honor and memory of Esther.


Tribute read by Jim Adair

Ginnie and I remember Esther as a spirited, small woman who stood tall for the Lord and who exemplified Ecclesiastes 9:10--"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." She was bold; she took full charge of her task and gave it her best effort, whether at the office writing letters or at home as a cook, a task she inherited from her sister Mary when Mary went to be with the Lord in 1996. To Esther, the Lord came first, then family, church, and job.

Esther was proud of her nieces and nephews and delighted in them; they were like her grandchildren. She held her in-laws in high esteem. She treasured the history of her parents. Once she slipped away to New York and no one knew where she was until she called home to say she was visiting Ellis Island, where her parents were married and where today their names are on the wall of honor.

What Esther did she did with a flair. She loved to take pictures and did it with a flair, making the action a real project, squinting, focusing, adjusting the camera until she had just the right shot. She gave Christmas gifts with a flair. However, she wasn't always on time with her gifts. A few weeks ago when Ginnie & I were visiting the sisters, Esther came forth with her Christmas gifts for last Christmas. She had us sit down and dramatically presented them to us. Ginnie opened a small box, as Esther watched expectantly for her reaction. But strangely there wasn't anything in it. Esther was nonplussed. It took a while for her to discover she had wrapped the wrong box.

Esther loved to tell of her experiences. She was a fascinating story teller. She commanded attention. First she would make sure every ear was turned her way. "Listen to this," she would begin. Our family looked forward to her visits for many years just after Christmas. Ginnie would plan a party and Esther would be the center of attention as we exchanged stories. Our friends looked forward to Esther's latest story. And with a radiant face, she would dramatically launch into telling of a recent adventure.

Once it was about getting out of her car to see what was blocking the car from going forward, and having her arm run over by the car as it rolled back. Another time it was a dramatic telling of the derailment of the Broadway Limited as she journeyed to Chicago. She gave special praise to the Lord for not being injured.

Probably Esther's most exciting story involved her first plane flight. To honor her for 25 years of faithful service, Eastern College and Seminary gave her a trip to the Holy Land. Putting her trust in the Lord, she took courage and boarded a plane. Not long after the plane was airborne, trouble with the landing gear sent the plane back to New York and with ambulances waiting, the plane skidded safely in on a foam-covered runway, as I remember. Passengers were put up in a hotel, and Esther befriended a tiny Muslim woman she called "Little Miss Baghdad." They shared a room, and Esther looked after the frightened little woman. Next morning Esther announced she was going to spend a few moments with the Lord. With Miss Baghdad sitting on her bed, her head bowed and hands folded in prayer, Esther read aloud from the Bible and prayed. Esther went on to the Holy Land, and had the experience of a lifetime. She even was baptized in the Jordan River.

Then there was a story of Esther sharing her faith. The story is included in a tribute to Esther on the GeorgeFamily web site (above). A lovely photo of Esther enhances the tribute. Esther on vacation witnessed to a sales clerk while buying an item for her collection of owl figurines. The fact that the store would not take out-of-state checks prompted Esther to say, "Really, the only One we can trust is the Lord."

She then related how God had protected her on a her first plane trip. Esther, who was often teased for being bold, proceeded to read a portion of Psalm 91:1-2 from her small Bible that had comforted her during the forced landing of her plane, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust." "I never heard anything like this," the clerk responded with amazement; "it sounds so wonderful." Esther went on to share with her God's plan of salvation. The clerk promised that she would buy a Bible for herself and read it; and Esther told her she would be praying for her to place her faith in Christ.

Now suddenly Esther is with her Savior whom she loved and served so faithfully. Who knows? Perhaps she has been put in full charge of some special heavenly archives room.

 
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