Mary Eskes was born June 16, 1922 in Zillah, Washington to Rev. John and Jennie De Jong. She was the middle child of nine with 7 brothers and one sister. Her family moved to Ripon in 1924 when Rev. De Jong became pastor of the First Christian Reformed Church. She attended Ripon Christian Schools and in 1943 she married Henry Eskes in the First Christian Reformed Church. They had six children and were married for 49 years until his passing in 1992.
Mary was known for her love of the Lord and His church. She had the gift of hospitality and caring. In recent years Mary’s biggest wish was for God to take her to His Heavenly home which he did on January 5, 2021.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, granddaughter Kerry Meems and her seven brothers. She is survived by her six children – Don (Betty) Eskes of Fresno, Bill (Judy) Eskes of Eureka, Randy (Dawn) Eskes of Ripon, Mike (Janice) Eskes of Ripon, Marcia (Ralph) Meems of Salida, and Debra (Junior) Spurgeon of Salida. Mary is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, her sister Marjorie Gelderloos of Westchester, Illinois and many nephews and nieces.
Her family would like to thank all those who have expressed their condolences and prayers to the family. Because of Covid there will only be a private graveside memorial. Any memorial gifts are requested to be sent to Bethany Home in Ripon.
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