Esther M. Sturgeon

of Shoshone, Idaho

Died: November 15, 2012 in Gooding, Idaho
Shoshone, Idaho - Esther Meyer Sturgeon, 89, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2012, at her home from natural causes.
Esther was born September 10, 1923, in Kimberly, Idaho to John C. Meyer and Anna M. Gohl. She was the second child in a family of fifteen children. Her family moved around a lot while she was growing up. She lived in Hansen, Kimberly, Twin Falls, Jerome, Shoshone, Richfield, California and North Dakota. As a teenager, she worked in the fields thinning beets and other crops.
She married LaVaughn “Mickey” Sturgeon on August 2, 1941 in Shoshone. They lived their married life in and around the Richfield, Shoshone and Gooding area. She is the mother of two daughters and three sons. She was a stay at home mom while her children were young and helped with farm chores, raising gardens and chickens. She started cooking at the Flynn Café in Gooding and she worked at the Boston Café in Shoshone for many years. Later Esther cooked at the Shoshone Elementary School for over 20 years. She loved seeing all the kids every day. Her grandchildren especially loved her cinnamon rolls and asked her to furnish them for many a Cub Scout event and school fundraiser. She enjoyed being with Mickey in the foothills north of Shoshone when he was range rider. She has spent many hours in the saddle helping him tend cattle and fix fence. The big family event of the year was when all the family and friends would go deer hunting in the fall. Many an evening was spent in their little trailer talking, laughing and telling tall tales, it was a great time!
In her later years, she enjoyed oil painting and quilting. She also loved her small flower garden. She has 16 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 5 great great grand children. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She is survived by her children, sons Larry (Dana), Jerry (Carole) and Bill (Jane), all of Shoshone; daughter Penny (David) Swarner, of Gooding and Audrey Dean of Meridian. She is also survived by her brothers Edwin (Bonnie) Meyer of Wendell: Ernie Meyer and Bob Meyer of Jerome; Johnny (Wanda) Meyer of Boise, sisters Virginia (James) Williams of Indiana, Francis Jones of Blackfoot and Anna (Jim) Christensen of Idaho Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVaughn “Mickey” Sturgeon, her daughter Peggy Sturgeon, her parents, four brothers; Harold, Leroy, Paul and George and three sisters; Loreen, Elnora and Bonnie Lee.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Shoshone L.D.S. Church. A visitation and viewing will be held from 10:00 – 10:50 am prior to the service.
Interment will be held at the Shoshone Cemetery in Shoshone.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Shoshone Chapel.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting the obituary link at
The family would like to thank Bennett Hills for the loving care and concern given to their Mother while in their care.

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Victor Palma said on Thursday, Nov 22 at 4:35 PM

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Tammie Layne said on Tuesday, Nov 20 at 6:47 AM

Penny, I loved your Mother, and I will miss her. She was extraordinary in her love and kindness. Thinking and of you at this time.

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