Everett H. and Esther L. Wilbur – Lincoln

Everett H. and Esther L. Wilbur – Lincoln

Everett H. Wilbur, 96, and his wife of 67 years, Esther L. (Curtis) Wilbur, 96, of Lincoln passed away peacefully at the Holiday Retirement Home in Manville R.I., Everett on September 11 and Esther 9 days later on September 20, 2016.

Born in Lincoln on February 4, 1920, Everett was the son of the late Frederick W. and Fannie H. (Harris) Wilbur. He lived in Lincoln for most of his life, with an intervening 24 years when the family lived in Rush, N.Y., prior to his retirement.

Everett received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Bryant College and advanced to Senior Accountant with Photostat and Itek Corporations in Providence and Rochester, N.Y., before retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Lime Rock Grange, where he met his wife. He was also a former treasurer of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society and a lifetime member of The Nature Conservancy after donating a parcel of land to the Lime Rock Preserve. During World War II he served in the Army in the European Theater. Everett enjoyed traveling, woodworking, reading, repairing and revising a variety of items, and collecting and studying maps.

Born in New Bedford. Mass., on August 17, 1920, Esther was the daughter of the late Edgar F. Curtis and Elizabeth E. (Northup) Curtis. She spent her early years in New Bedford but frequently visited relatives in Lime Rock until marrying in 1949.

Esther was a stenographer prior to marrying and a housewife for many years before becoming the senior library clerk at the Rush N.Y. Library. She served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout den mother, Sunday School teacher, volunteer for the USO during World Was II, member of the Eastern Star in N.Y. and Lincoln, and organist at church and senior living facilities. Esther’s gentle generous personality was apparent in her love of children, and was shown by her frequent babysitting of grandchildren and other youngsters. She also loved knitting, crocheting, playing the organ, reading, traveling and spending time with family.

Both Everett and Esther were members of the Lime Rock Baptist Church, the Limerockers, Lincoln AARP, Blackstone Valley Historical Society and their own local “Lunch Bunch,” a group of friends and relatives who met once a month. Both enjoyed family tent camping, followed by traveling the U.S. in their camper van.

They are survived by their daughter, Marilyn LaDieu, and her husband, William, of Harrisburg, Penn., and their son, David C. Wilbur, and his wife, Margaret, of Pelham, N.H.; four grandchildren, Benjamin LaDieu of Harrisburg Penn., Nicholas LaDieu and his wife, Juliet, of Cranberry Township, Penn., Scott Wilbur and his wife, Alicia, of Victor, N.Y., and Jeffrey Wilbur and his wife, Charlotte, of New York, N.Y.; seven great-grandchildren; and three nephews. Everett was the brother of the late Howard Wilbur. Esther was the sister of the late Earl M. Curtis and the late Walter B. Curtis.

A Memorial Service for Everett and Esther will be held at Lime Rock Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on November 19, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in their memory to Lime Rock Baptist Church, 1075 Great Road, Lincoln, RI 02865; or to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 (nature.org)

For Guest Book, please visit www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements by Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln.