Esther Arlene Tripp (White)
August 19, 1962 - February 08, 2018
Esther Arlene Tripp (White), age 55, of Lady Lake, Florida, was gloriously ushered into Heaven's gates and into the arms of her loving Savior Jesus, on February 8, 2018 while being cared for in the ICU at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Florida after a long and courageous 22 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She was the beloved wife of Jeffrey Alan Tripp.
Esther was born in Red Bluff, California on August 19, 1962 to Alvin Philip White and Arlene Faye White (Davis). Esther is predeceased by her father, Alvin Philip White (October 21, 1941 - May 14, 2015). She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Jeff, after 27 years of marriage. They were married in Lake Tahoe, California on August 18, 1990. Esther is also survived by her mother Arlene Faye Smith, sister Doreen "Dee" Ruth Hutchins, brother Alvin Philip White, Jr., half-sister Regina "Gina" Noel White, half-brother Ashley Weis, close cousin Charlotte "Charlie" A. Hoewing ("Little Mommy") and Charlotte's husband Gerald "Gerry" L. Hoewing, VADM, USN (Ret.) ("Little Daddy").
After graduation from Hanford High School (Hanford, California) in 1980, Esther enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 19 where she served for 7 years as a personnelman and photographer's mate until her honorable discharge in 1989. She was always very proud of her service in the US military. After her discharge from the Navy and marriage to Jeffrey Tripp in 1990, Esther enrolled in the external degree program at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She completed 2 years of undergraduate studies toward a degree in Psychology with the goal of completing a Master's degree and becoming a professional Christian counselor. She worked in the hospitality industry as a front desk clerk and later as a call center supervisor providing services to many large nationally recognized Christian television ministries. Esther was also involved in several entrepreneurial ventures. She was an independent photo-retouching artist for a photography studio, ran her own residential and commercial cleaning service, and became a publisher and salesperson for the Real Estate Book in the Lynchburg and Smith Mountain Lake areas of Virginia where she resided at that time. She was also an avid photographer, poet and song writer.
Esther was always a dedicated Christian and church-goer; deeply involved in ministry wherever she was called. She loved children and children's ministry, church choir, praise dance, and ministering to others at the altar through the laying on of hands and intercessory prayer. She never hesitated to share her faith with others about her Loving and Healing God, despite battling her own infirmity and resulting limitations. She was truly an inspiration to all who came in contact with her.
Plans are being made to have Esther inurned at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. A donation of any amount will help support ongoing breakthrough research and hopefully end MS forever.
Rest in peace, our dear beloved Esther. You have labored well and are now enjoying the peace and glory that God has promised to those who have accepted His free gift of salvation and unconditional, eternal love.