Obituary of Esther Cleopatra Nurse
Esther Cleopatra Nurse, lovingly known by her family as Cleo and her church family as Sister Nurse, was born on August 23, 1965, in Canvas City Wismar, Guyana, to Joel and Jeanette Nurse. Esther peacefully passed away on October 28, 2023, at her first son’s home in the Bronx, New York.
Esther's life was enriched by the arrival of three exceptionally gifted children: Dr. Anderson P. Smith, Mr. Ibrahim Michael Adeniji, P.E., and Ms. Jadesola A. Adeniji. These wonderful offsprings, in turn, graced her with the joy of five beloved grandchildren: Dash and Myles Smith, Adeyemi, Ishola, and Eniola Chisolm. Esther held her family at the core of her heart, cherishing every moment spent with them. In addition, she was a loving mother-in-law to Rosalina Smith and grandmother to Anthony De la Cruz.
Esther was the loving and dedicated daughter of Joel and Jeanette Nurse and dutiful sister to her six siblings, Nicholas, Jamison, Joelyn, Kingsley, Clifford and Matthew Nurse.
During her leisure time, Esther was a devoted reader and writer. She often spent her weekends observing people and immersing herself in the worlds of fine art, romance, and African cinema. In her youth, she had a fervor for gastronomy, fashion design, and photography, capturing beautiful moments and creating elegant dresses. Esther found great fulfillment in preaching and was actively engaged in her church organization.
Esther obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Following her graduation, she embarked on her professional journey as a caseworker with the Bureau of Child Welfare, which is now recognized as the Administration for Children's Services. Subsequently, she transitioned into the role of a Family Court probation officer in New York.
During her 13-year residence in Alabama, Esther held diverse positions, including substitute teaching and government roles. Additionally, she dedicated her time as a volunteer, all the time working towards her goal of becoming a hospital chaplain.
Esther was known for her dedication to family, humor, brilliance, and magnetism. She had a great sense of humor and could always bring a smile to anyone's face. She will be remembered for her unshakeable faith, her consistent punctuality, and her determination to thrive through adversity.
Esther is survived by her children, father, five grandchildren, eight nieces, and seven nephews, and her six siblings. She was a devoted daughter, guiding and purposeful mother, involved grandmother, supportive sister, and an inspiring friend to all.
The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to all those who have shown support and love during this difficult time. Esther’s legacy will live on in the hearts of those she touched. Her memory will continue to inspire and bring comfort to all who had the privilege of knowing her.
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