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Esther Rita Brown, 53, died on April 10, 2014, at her home in Ketchikan.
She was born to Lincoln and Gladys Brown on March 9, 1961, in Sitka.
Ms. Brown grew up in Sitka but lived in Tacoma, Wash., from 1977 to 1981, where she worked at Tacoma Goodwill Industries.
She moved to Ketchikan in 1981, where she worked as a sorter and stocker at The Salvation Army Thrift Store.
Ms. Brown was a member of The Salvation Army Church.
Her family writes that Ms.?Brown was "especially proud of being an excellent bowler," having once bowled five strikes in a row. Esther bowled on the Ketchikan team for the Special Olympics in?Alaska for several years and also as a member of The Salvation Army Church home league. At the Special Olympics, Ms. Brown earned several medals in bowling and bocce.
Ms.?Brown’s other hobbies included bingo, karaoke and fishing off the Stedman Street Bridge.
"Her favorite thing to do was watching for wildlife," her family writes. "Esther liked to call herself ‘Downtown?Esther Brown.’ She was a delightful presence in the community. She will be noticeably missed by all who knew her."
She was preceded in death by her father, Lincoln Brown; mother, Gladys Brown; and brother, Leonard Brown.
Ms. Brown is survived by her sisters, Betsy Hayworth of Anchorage, Frances Morgan of Sitka and Glenda Childs of Trout Lake,?Wash.; brother, Barry Brown of Sitka; daughter, Deanna (Eric)?Fitzgerald of North Pole; grandchildren, Chi and Mason Fitzgerald of North Pole; nieces, Crystal Brown, Gladys Brown and Julissia King, all of Anchorage; nephew, Leonard Brown of Anchorage; and cousins, Brian (Donna) James, Esther, Sarah and Jack James of Nome, and Berna (Ken) Silvernail of Nome.
Services will be announced at a later date.?Her remains will be interred in?Sitka.