Esther Braxton was born September 11, 1929 in Chatfield Arkansas, to the late Rev. Roy and Tressie Kelly.
In 1947 she married Clarence L. Braxton in Pontiac, Michigan where they began to start a family of two one son, and a daughter, Tommy Braxton (deceased) and Laurie Braxton. In 1968 they moved to Michigan City, Indiana.
Mrs. Braxton worked at Gleem and Clean as a dry cleaner in Michigan City until she retired. She was a very meek, humble, and loving person, who was a good cook, and known for her potato salads. She was a member of Zion temple C.OG.I.C. under the leadership of her brother the late Elder Roger Kelly. She was a Sunday school teacher, on the Mothers board, and she faithful member of two singing groups known as the Pontiac Spirituals of Pontiac Michigan along with her sisters “The Kelly’s Sisters”. She loves to sing and praise God one of her favorite songs was (I’m on the right road now) and (Jesus I’ll never forget what you’ve done for me) she love to praise God!! She shouted and danced all over the church. After her health continued to fail she started visiting a church closer to home, Greater powerhouse Church COGIC under the leadership of Bishop Charles Dowdell where she found the same joy in serving the Lord.
Ester departed this life on October 17, 2020 at Aperion Care Nursing Facilty. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son,Tommy Braxton, two sisters, Mattie Taylor, and Willie Walker, six brothers, Lovie, Lemon, Roger, Bobby, Camel,and James Kelly.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories one daughter, Laurie Braxton Michigan City, son Tommy deceased, one grandson David Smith Jr, four great grandchildren and two great great -grandchildren all of Michigan City; three sisters, Madie Mosley of Michigan City; Margaret Petrie of Olive Tree, Ann (Bennie) Mack Of Michigan City ,One brother, George Kelly (Charlotte) of Waukegan Illinois, one special cousin, Bertha Ansley who is now 95 years of age, along with a host of relatives and friends.
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