Esther Mary Wallen

ID#  1889, (1910-2001)
     Her birth name was Stella Johnson.1 Esther Mary Wallen was born on 9 November 1910 in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan.1 She was the daughter of Einar A Johnson, born c 1882 in Sweden and Emma Mattson, born c 1880 in Sweden.1 She was adopted by Charles H. & Olive WALLEN.2,3 c 1918 after her mother died.1 She married Harold Herman Graves, son of Roswell Herbert Graves and Minnie Lois Downs, on 2 October 1931 in Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon. She died on 16 September 2001 in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, at age 90.4

Esther's obituary in the The Columbian (Vancouver, WA) on 18 September 2001 read:
"Esther M. Graves, Vancouver. Esther Marie Graves, a Vancouver resident the past 12 years, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, in a local care facility. She was 90. Mrs. Graves, a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church was a former caregiver at Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center. She was born Nov. 19, 1910, in Manistee, Mich. Her maiden name was Wallen. Her husband, Harold, died in 1961, and a son, Clair, died in 1951. Survivors include four daughters, Alice R. Markert of Hualapai, Ariz., Dorothy M. Jackson and Olivia M. Farrar, both of Vancouver, and Lillian E. Hoyt of Hemet, Calif; three sons, Donald H. of Las Vegas, Charles E. of Washington, D.C., and Frederick H. of Salem, Ore; two sisters, Sigrid Wallen of Bend, Ore., and Ellen Sayer of Battle Ground; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. There will be a private inurnment in Park Hill Cemetery. Vancouver Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Latin American Bible and evangelism at The Quiet Hour, P.O. Box 3000, Redlands, CA 92373-1500."3

Last Edited=26 Oct 2010


  1. [S938] Barbara Hill, "RE: Esther (Wallen) Graves," e-mail message from e-mail address (Berkeley, California) to Faye West, 2 Oct 2010.
  2. [S267] Barbara Hill, database report, 2 Aug 2003, Berkeley, California. FTM report "Descendants of Jacobus Gerritsen STRYCKER."
  3. [S918] Barbara Hill, "Obit for Esther Wallen," e-mail message from e-mail address (Berkeley, California) to Faye West, 22 Sep 2010.
  4. [S126] Social Security Death Index, online (
  5. [S45] Barbara Hill, "Rev Graves Family," e-mail message from e-mail address (Berkeley, California) to Faye West, 9 Mar 2002.