Esma Mae Walker-Estrada (Lamb) returned to her Heavenly Father on Dec. 7, 2017 at the age of 84 years. She passed peacefully with her family by her side.
Mrs. Estrada was born on May 31, 1933 to Arthur and Flossie Walker. She was the youngest of nine children. She was born in the old Ice House on Railroad Avenue where the post office now sits.
After her mother’s death when Esma was 12 years old she was raised by her oldest sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Alfonso Geerts. She was raised in Winters and made this her lifelong home. She attended grammar school at the old Union School and went on to attend school at Winters High School. Mrs. Estrada married her loving husband and best friend of 47 years on June 27, 1970. Together they completed the raising of her five children. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband and family.
Esma cherished her grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. She was happiest when they were all around her. Their Gia will be greatly missed by each and everyone of them. She leaves them with memories of camping trips, sleepovers and lots of love. And yes, Gia had a way of keeping them in line and tolerated no sass. She was Auntie Ez to the neighbor kids. Her home was an open door for family and friends. She had a feisty spirit, a heart of gold and was our rock in times of need.
Esma was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church of God in Winters. Under the pastorship of Pastor Elton and Mrs. Keith, she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She was baptized on June 5, 1988.
Esma later became a member of Solid Rock Church of God. She was a member for several years and referred to the other members as her “church family.”
Mrs. Estrada is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Flossie Walker; seven sisters and brother-in-laws, respectively, Margaret Geerts (Alfonso), Marie Taylor (Rollin), Violet Davis (Jeff), Mildred Rayburn (Carl), Louise Fields (Paul), Ruth Wagnon (Chet), Evelyn Drawhorn (Joe), sister-in-law Jimmie Walker, son-in-law Samuel Kirk Sanders; father of her children, William R. McMahon.
Mrs. Estrada leaves to honor and cherish her memory, loving and devoted husband of 47 years, Alexander C. Estrada; children, Ron McMahon (Winters), Kathy Sanders (Winters), Steven McMahon (Bobbie) Colusa, Karen Vender (Terry) Winters and Marla Pittman (Mike) Winters; brother Bud Walker of North Highlands; 14 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; cherished beauticians Diane Carner and Ruth McMillan; many nieces and nephews, along with countless other friends and family.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Solid Rock Church of God, 610 Boyd Street in Vacaville. A potluck style reception will follow at the Winters Community Center.
The family graciously accepts your prayers and support.