Esther M. Ebright, 101, passed away on February 14, 2024 at Brethren Village in Lititz, PA. Esther was born in 1922 in Weavertown, Lebanon County to Erwin D. Wagner and Elizabeth McCurdy Wagner. She graduated from Lebanon Senior High School in 1940 and from Lebanon Valley College in 1944 where she majored in Biology/Chemistry.

During WWII, Esther worked at Winthrop Stearns in Myerstown and at Wyeth Laboratories in Marietta. She married her childhood sweetheart, Harvey W. Ebright in 1945; a marriage that lasted 63 years, until his death in 2008. Esther and Harvey had three daughters: J. Airin Green who died in 2017, Colleen K. Ebright of Anacortes, Washington, and Carol A. Ebright of Lititz, PA.

Esther raised her family and assisted Harvey while he attended college, seminary, and served Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist churches in southeastern PA, and in Ithaca, Ohio. She also taught school, first biology at Greenville High School in Ohio, and then Special Education in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, PA.

Esther had a rich and busy life and loved nature, traveling, camping, hiking, gardening, and bird-watching. She enjoyed woodworking, fixing things, and adapting items to new uses.

Esther’s sisters Ruth Lupien and Florence Grumbine Hickernell are both deceased.  Esther is survived by nieces and nephews David Grumbine (Joan) of Radnor, PA; Alfred Lupien (Donna) of Hartford, South Dakota; and Myrle Scott of Magnolia, Delaware.

A service to remember and honor Esther will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 11 AM at Brethren Village Chapel, 3009 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Family will receive guests beginning at 10 AM. A luncheon will immediately follow the service. Interment will be held at Grand View Memorial Park in Annville, PA. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to McCurdy Ministries Community Center, 362A S. McCurdy Rd., Espanola, NM 87532.

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