February 18, 1930 ~ January 3, 2022

Born in: Dunedin, FL
Resided in: Horse Shoe, NC

Esther Turner Dean, 91, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022.

Mrs. Dean was born in Dunedin, Florida to the late Robert and Esther Honsberger Turner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Eugene Dean; three sisters and one brother.

The world lost a very bright light in Esther “Mema.” She retired in 1995. She enjoyed ceramics and loved telling stories. She lived the times that are written in history books today and everyone enjoyed hearing her tell a story even if they had heard it several times before. She loved her family dearly and will be missed by all.

She is survived by her two children; daughter, Carol Arsenault (Tony); son, William Gary Dean (Janice); one granddaughter; five grandsons; three great granddaughters and seven great grandsons.

The family will hold a private celebration of life reception on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Council on Aging; www.coahc.org


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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    • Awww, Danny, her wish is for you to be home with family and you did, You make her so happy. She always tells me the story about when you were young not feeling good you always want her to give you a foot massage and you feel better! 🙂

  1. My mom was definitely a very tough trooper, who even as she aged enjoyed time spent with the family playing games (Bingo was her all time favorite) and just hanging out with her many grandkids and great grandkids. Being around family so much made it possible for her to live such a long and happy life.
    Her last 6 months were not easy for her but she never complained and never wanted to be a burden so she just kept going and going, never complaining.

    Her last evening was spent watching old family movies where she heard my dad calling her. During her last few weeks she was able to visit with all of her grandkids and great grandkids.

    She was a story teller–and she had many many stories to tell. You might hear them more than once, but it was still always a joy. And every once in a while one would pop up that you had not heard before. Anyone whoever met my mom will confirm her story telling skills.

    She placed family, faith, kindness and doing for others at the top of her list, displaying these in everything she did.

    Mema-you were the backbone of our family, you will never be forgotten and your memory will live on in each one of us. Thank you for all you taught us over your many years.
    We will always miss and love you forever.

  2. I’ve known ‘Mom’ since Carol and I were in second grade. She was my second mother and I loved her very much. Growing up, she was always there for us. I missed a lot of years with her and reconnected a few years ago. I know she is in Heaven with ‘Dad’ and looking down on all of us. We will miss you Mom. Rest In Peace – I love you!


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