Esther Prichett, 82, of Hollister passed away on Tuesday, December 17 at 4:30 p.m. at her home in Ridgemark.
Funeral services will be held at Hollister United Methodist Church in Hollister on Monday, December, 23 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Karla Lundin officiating. Subsequent burial is planned at a family plot in Pennsylvania. Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home will be arranging the funeral arrangements.
Esther was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania, the eldest child of Delos and Maude Tyler on September 26, 1935. She went to school in Meshoppen, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1953. She matriculated at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She majored in economics and in those courses met her future husband, John Prichett of Morristown, New Jersey. They both graduated from Drew and went on to raise a family that comprised four daughters and a son. After multiple career moves between New Jersey and Connecticut, Esther and John moved to Hollister where John commuted to work in Silicon Valley, first for IBM, then Amdahl. As the children grew up and moved on to higher education, Esther found other interests outside the home.
After the family first arrived in Ridgemark, Esther began to devote more time outside the home. She formed the Ridgemark Tennis club and organized tournaments with neighboring clubs. She joined and worked with the Rotary Club and organized events such as the AIDS Awareness seminar to focus on community issues. She was a member of the Community Pantry which was just forming to distribute foodstuffs to needy families. She also became active in the South County Community Theater culminating in the starring role in a production of Hello, Dolly. Her son John Edward was also a leading player in this event.
Over the years, she participated in the Community Action Board and the Board of Hazel Hawkins Hospital. During this period of time, before the Internet became widely accepted, Esther developed and offered a service called “E’s Online” which was a bulletin board system for local Hollister residents to communicate over local dialup connections to exchange news and friendly conversations.
In 1983, she decided to go back to school and took courses at Gavilan College. She next signed up to go for a law degree at the Monterey College of Law where she graduated in 1988 with a degree as a Juris Doctor. After graduating, she worked as an attorney for Victim Witness; first in Monterey and later in the Hollister Victim Witness Assistance Program. She has been retired since 1999 and lead a more relaxed lifestyle.
Esther is survived by her husband John and by her surviving children Alette of Hollister, Janice of Clifton Park, New York, Kelly Prichett of San Francisco, and Andrea Prichett of Berkeley, California. Esther was preceded in death by her son John Edward who died at the age of 33 in 1999.
Memorial donations may be made to the 2009 successor of Community Pantry operating as the Community Food Bank of San Benito, 1133 San Felipe Road, Hollister, CA 95023. All donations are tax-deductible.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staffs of the two Hollister Rehabilitation facilities who assisted Esther in recovering from the final accident that led to her eventual death four months later, Mabie Southside Skilled Nursing Facility and Mabie Northside Skilled Nursing Facility.