Esther Jones was born January 4, 1922, in Princess Anne County, VA to the late Belford and Annie Jones Armstrong. She was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 18, 2023.
Esther was raised in the New Light Community of Virginia Beach, and eventually moved to the West Munden section of Chesapeake, Virginia where she was a longtime resident and family matriarch. She worked for the Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority, where she retired after many years of service.
All who knew Esther would agree that she was an absolute joy to be around. Esther was a member of First Baptist Church West Munden, where she looked forward to attending church every Sunday. Esther’s favorite pastime was working in her yard and growing vegetables in her garden. She was also an extravagant dresser and looked forward to every opportunity to wear her mink coats and fancy shoes. In 2010, Esther relocated to Fairfax, Virginia to live with her daughter where she was embraced by the community because of her longevity. One of her later joys in life was attending a local adult daycare center.
Esther’s favorite saying was “99 ½, just won’t do! Got to make 100.” Esther lived to be a centenarian; a person who reached the age of 100 years old. She surpassed 100 and lived to be 101. Esther enriched the lives of so many people and will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.
A special thanks to Esther’s long-term caretaker, Sandra Wheat, who became a part of the family. She loved and provided in-home care to her for 12 years.
Esther was preceded in death by her daughter, Norma Jean Eaton, son, Jerome Eaton, grandsons Anthony Boone and Pendelton Lydell Sykes II; late husbands, Robert Eaton and Henry Jones; two sisters, Leonia Russell, and Gloria Winfield; two brothers, Milton Armstrong, and Roosevelt Armstrong.
Esther leaves to cherish her memory: daughters, Barbara Baker, Jacqueline Boone, Sandra Jones (Eugene), Pamela Washington (Jerry) and Tracy McKee (Dorsey); 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Esther stood as a resilient, strong, and hardworking matriarch, tirelessly dedicating herself to the well-being of her family. She had the biggest heart of boundless love with an infectious smile. Esther’s absence leaves a profound void, yet her memory will be deeply cherished and loved.