Esther Samuels 1926-2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – E. Esther Samuels, 86, died Friday, June 14, 2013.

She was born Oct. 10, 1926, in Hallton, Pa., the daughter of Margaret Thacher and Oscar Benton Eisenman. Having spent the last 20 years in Gainesville, Mrs. Samuels was formerly of Brookfield and Vernon.

On June 6, 1953, she married Raymond Samuels. In 1987, Mrs. Samuels retired from the executive staff of Lake to River Girl Scouts Council and trainer for the American Camping Association. In retirement, she continued her interest in traveling, the arts, painting and gardening.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol R. (Don) Scoates of Gainesville; a grandson, Michael Paul Cochran Jr.; three stepgrandchildren, Jessica, Lindsey and Tyler Scoates; and a brother, C. Michael Eisenman.

Mrs. Samuels was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 35 years, Ray, who died in 1988; and two sisters, Bessie Eisenman and Grace Eisenman.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Baumgardner Funeral Service, 8569 Main St., Kinsman, with the Rev. Susan Frances officiating. Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will follow in West View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4400 N.W. 90th Blvd., Gainesville, Fla. 321608.

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