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Esther Sarah Kaylan

March 1, 1918 May 28, 2021
Esther Sarah Kaylan
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Esther Sarah Kalyan was Born on March 1,1918 in Udupi, India to Issac Solomon Soans and Anusuya Soans. She was the third eldest of 8 siblings, 7 girls and 1 boy. She was married to Dr. David Robert Kalyan, and together they had two loving children John Manohar Kalyan and Padmini Kalyan Devaprasad. Until his death she quietly served by his side to care for leprosy patients. She also, with her kind heart, helped to raise her sister’s daughter, Nirmala Devaprasad from the age of 4.

After the death of her beloved husband, she came to America to live with her daughter, Padmini, and she devoted the remainder of her life to caring for her large family of grandchildren and great grandchildren and many others in her large extended family.

Esther was known affectionately to everyone as Essie or Ajjama (grandma). She was an extremely gentle soul who always treated everyone with kindness. She was very respectful to people from all walks of life and showed tremendous hospitality towards all people whether distant acquaintances or close family. Her generosity was beyond measure. She was an excellent cook and homemaker and loving caregiver. Even after her 100th birthday, she would always ask if we had cooked enough food to give to any guests who came to the house. She was also an avid reader. In her nineties she was still reading the Bible for 7 hours at a time in addition to many other books. Essie was also very talented at knitting, crocheting and sewing. Even into her 80’s and 90’s she was making beautiful lace.

Essie was a great blessing to many and an example of how to live life as a child of God. She was a woman of tremendous faith in the Lord. As she aged, she taught us how to grow old with dignity, humor and kindness. She was ready to meet the Good Lord with courage and joy in the promise of what lies ahead. But now you belong to Heaven. All the love you gave us will stay with us forever.

You shine on in a better place. Thank you for being a blessing to us in more ways than anyone knows. Until we meet again in the kingdom that God has prepared for us, keep on singing “Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before” and “Of His Mercy and Grace and Love.”

Essie is survived by her son and daughter in law, John and Prabha Kalyan, her daughter and son in law, Sunder and Padmini Devaprasad. She is survived by her niece, Nirmala Devaprasad, who she raised from childhood, and who had the privilege of caring for her in her last years of her life

Alongside Padmini. In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren, Sadhanand, Suhasini, Manoj, Shireen and Janina, their spouses and 13 great grandchildren. Lastly, she is also survived by her two youngest siblings, Ivy Andrews and Vatsala Venkatachalam.

I will proclaim your Love with every fleeting breath on earth or in Heaven. When I see Thee as Thou Art I will Praise Thee as I ought.

Isaiah 57:1-2

The righteous perish,
and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
to be spared from evil.
2 Those who walk uprightly
enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.

Psalms 48:14
“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”
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