Esther Gatewood 1924-2017


Esther was born on Sept. 22, 1924 to Charles and Louise Plummer in Monroe, Ore. She grew up in Cottage Grove and was the second oldest of six children. Esther met the love of her life, Bud Gatewood, at an ice cream parlor and they were wed on June 21, 1941. Their first home was in Leland, Ore. and consisted of two boxcars put together. Their son Butch was born in 1942 and daughter Linda in 1945.

In the 1950’s, Esther worked as a cook for the school. She was a loving mother and spent her years with family boating, crabbing, racing powderpuff and standing up on the back of Buddy’s motorcycle while riding. Every year, when school time came around, you would find Esther in the kitchen doing permanents on several loved ones. Buddy and Esther even had an airplane. One time she even took off in the plane, now knowing how to fly. Buddy was hanging onto the wing. Luckily, she realized how to shut it off before getting too far off the ground. One thing’s for certain, she lived a fun-filled life. Esther was the type of person who never judged and who loved with her whole heart. 

Esther is survived by her daughter Linda; daughter-in-law Ellen; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Rosalee, Kay, Vera and Nadine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Butch, husband Buddy, siblings Skeeter, Jimmy, Jack, Marie and Charles, brother-in-law Chuck, sister-in-law Edith and son-in-law Barney.

Esther and Buddy will be reunited and put to rest in Leland, Ore.

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