Martin, Esther Ruth Coppage
Having trusted in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior many years ago, Esther peacefully entered His presence on September 6, 2017, while a patient at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. A resident of Baton Rouge since 1965, Esther was a loving mother, mother-in-law, and friend. Esther was born in rural, poverty-stricken Cairo, Georgia, in 1924, the fifth of five children. Though her father passed away when she was an infant, her family remained intact. She and her siblings graduated high school and college, and like her two older sisters, she graduated nursing school first in her class, becoming a registered nurse. Upon graduation and with the end of World War II, Esther traveled to Cook County Hospital in Chicago for post-graduate studies in surgical and critical care nursing. Shortly after graduating, she relocated to New Orleans where she became the lead surgical assistant to renowned heart surgeon Michael DeBakey, who was rapidly pioneering changes in open-heart surgery at that time. Esther’s career as a registered nurse continued for a total of 51 years, 34 in critical care nursing and her last 17 years in chemical-dependency nursing at the Baton Rouge General’s Chemical Dependency Unit, using her immense skill, compassion, and ingenuity to give back to the process which saved her life in 1975. Esther is survived by two children, Stephen (wife Fran) of Baton Rouge, and Antoinette “Toni” of Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Jehue Coppage and Mary Catherine Bell Coppage, siblings Carlos, Iris, Mark, and Mary, and nephews Carlos, Jr. and Mark Jr. She will be fondly remembered by many, especially those from Christ Covenant Church, whom she adored and who loved her well. Esther’s family would like to express their deepest thanks to Dr. J. David West, Dr. J. Casey Chapman, Dr. Chambliss Harrod, Dr. Tara Jarreau, and Glenn Landry, NP and each of their staffs for their exceptional care and compassion to Esther. In addition, the family thanks the 3rd floor staff of the HVICU for their exceptional care and compassion. Visitation at Christ Covenant Church on Saturday from 9:00 am until services at 10:00 am. Private burial services at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Esther’s memory may be directed to Christ Covenant Church, 1700 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge La 70808; http://christcovenantchurch.net/giving.
I'm so sorry to hear about this. Please accept my deepest condolences. May your memories warm your heart and bring a smile to your face in time. My hope is that God will give you the strength and power you need as you cope with the loss of someone so special to you. Isaiah 40:29
C LenoirPhoenix, AZ
Obbie Tillotson SrBaton Rouge, LA
Dear Toni, Steve and Fran,
We are deeply sorry for the loss of your mom. When ever I have been around her she made me smile. She always treated me with kindness. We will forever treasure the quilts she had made for the kids when they were born. Every time we have a piece of chocolate cake we will think of Esther. We know she is with Jesus at peace. May God bless you all. We send you love, prayer for peace and grace during this painful time.
All our love,
Todd, Lisa, Michael, Ashton & Landen Byars
Lisa and Todd ByarsAlpharetta, GA
Toni and Steve--
May you find comfort in your mother's great faith and yours as well. Know that we are praying for your strength and your peace during this time of sorrow in the loss of your mother but we rejoice with you that she is in her eternal home with the Lord. We love you, Toni!
Susan and Dan Blevins
Susan and Dan BlevinsNorcross, GA
What a privilege and honor to have known Ms. Esther. Although she wasn't a blood relative, she always had a way of making me and mine feel like her family all of the time. Prayers for you Steve and Fran- she will be greatly missed.
Jennifer and Deano ScheuermannAlexandria, LA