Esther Jeanne Hilty-McMahan, age 93, went to be with her heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. She was born Esther Jeanne Malarkey in Arkansas City, Kan., on October 21, 1917. Her family then moved to Weatherford, Texas, which would forever remain in her heart even though she loved Arizona. She became quite a horsewoman during her Texas years.
She moved to Arizona at the age of 15 and graduated from Kingman High School. She married Marion C. Hilty and was the mother of four children, Carole, Dee, Brenda and Jeffery. She was preceded in death by her husband Marion; two of her children, Carole and Jeff; and her oldest grandchild, Craig Sorensen. She later married Mr. Paul McMahan, who has also gone to his eternal home.
Esther worked for many years for Mr. Jim Dowling of Kingman Jewelers and also at Babbits, the former Central Commercial Co., in the ladies ready-to-wear. She was a member of the Kingman Business Women's Association and had a long time Mary Kay Cosmetics business.
She is survived by her daughters, Dee Peters and Brenda Nolan; and a stepson, Thom McMahan, who resides in Wisconsin. She had seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She is a former Mrs. Mohave County and was a dedicated church volunteer and choir member. She sang beautifully and played the piano by ear. She loved every person she encountered and every animal she encountered, rescuing many and finding them homes.
She had a strong unwavering faith in the Lord through her many losses and her battle with cancer, which she won. A favorite Bible verse that sustained her through the years was, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
There will be a graveside service held for Esther at noon on Friday, April 8, at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Stockton Hill Road in Kingman.