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Esther M. Chapman

Friday, November 08, 2013 - Updated: 5:56 AM

November 7, 2013

Esther M. Chapman, 85 of Ballston Spa, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 7, 2013.

Born in West Galway, June 2, 1928, she was the daughter of Sydney and Lalah Shattuck. She graduated from Galway High School and attended Skidmore College where she was a vocal major.

Esther worked for Richard Hood, Esq. and the Fulton County Treasurers Office in Johnstown for many years. For over 40 years she was a member of the United Methodist Church of Johnstown. She was a member of the Cheerful Workers Sunday School Class and a faithful member of the church choir. She was also a member of the Eastern Star in Broadalbin.

She was predeceased by her first husband of 25 years, Harold Bell, her second husband of 33 years, Ralph Chapman, her sisters, Janet, Euphemia, and Almira; and her brother, Ivan. Esther is survived by her devoted children, Kathleen Houghton (John) of Hingham, MA and Daniel Bell (Stephanie) of Ballston Spa; cherished grandchildren, James, Danielle, Adam, Christian, Jeremy, and Jennifer; great grandchildren, Porter, Peyton, Sydney and Daniel; stepchildren, Ralph Chapman, Jr. (Bonnie) of Libertyville, IL, Lynne Brooks of Scotia, Laurie Volpi (Tom) of Defreetsville, and Debra Chapman of Bridgeport, CT; several step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Monday, November 11 at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial will be private.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Mary's Haven, 30 New Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Online remembrances may be made at


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