In Memory of




Obituary for Esther Ruth Ross

Esther Ruth (Wilks) Ross, a beloved long-time resident of Maui passed away at 104 years of age under the incredible care of Hospice Maui.

Born and raised in Watford City, North Dakota where her family homesteaded. As a teen Esther moved to Seattle, WA. with her family where she was one of the first women to attend the University of Washington. She married and raised two children then began a career that took her to California.

As a resident of Maui for 45 years she built a strong community of friends, founded the Jewish Congregation of Maui, and served as President while working in Property Management and Construction.

Throughout her life she was driven by her love of the arts and the sciences. She was a published poet, a painter, and author. She actively studied Astronomy and in retirement taught it to other seniors.

Esther’s main priority in life was her family and friends. She was loved by all who knew her. She will always be remembered as a loving friend, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. She was preceded in death by her Husband Bill Wilks, Son Paul Ross, Daughter Charlotte Ross. and Granddaughter Sherridan Voisinet. Survived by her 6 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren.

Please join our family as we celebrate the life of this incredible woman and her daughter Charlotte who passed away in 2021.

Wednesday June 8th 2pm @ Hale Mahaolu Eono- Community Room,

810 Kelawea Street Lahaina, Hawaii

Officiated by Rabbi Raanan Mallek

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice Maui