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Esther Elizabeth Dougherty December 28, 1947 - October 10, 2021

December 28, 1947 – October 10, 2021

Esther Elizabeth Dougherty (Mangas) was born in Pueblo Colorado to Lena W. Johnson and Edward Mangas. She moved to Los Angeles at a young age where she and her older sister and brother were raised by their mother. 

Esther graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles where she was voted most athletic and was the president of the Girl’s Athletic Association. 

Esther Dougherty married Fredrick Dougherty (the love of her life) in 1966. They spent a year in Salzburg Austria and a year in Jersey City before settling in the Central Valley of CA in 1969. 

Esther has always been a hard worker and was employed by Patterson Frozen Foods for 36 years. 

Esther loved sports when she was young and played tennis, basketball, and softball. She also loved working with her hands and learning new things. She enjoyed woodworking, welding, camping and trips to Don Pedro lake with family and friends. She enjoyed swimming, gardening with grandchildren and her Kerry blue terrier dogs. Later in life Fred and Esther enjoyed traveling in their fifth wheel camper with her grandchildren. One of their favorite spots to visit was the black hills of North Dakota. (Mount Rushmore).

Esther was preceded in death by her husband Fredrick Dougherty and her mother Lena Johnson. She is survived by her three children Julia Ratliff (Larry Ratliff), Maria Goodnight, Steven Dougherty (Lori Dougherty), her grandchildren Brittany Snyder (Goodnight), Sarah Goodnight, Nicole Fairbanks (Goodnight), Amber Ratliff, Hollie Ratliff, Kyle Ratliff, Lila Dougherty, Stella Dougherty, and her wonderful great grandchildren. 

Services will be held at Allen Mortuary in Turlock, CA on November 6, 2021 at 1pm.

Esther loved her family and will be greatly missed.

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  1. Anngean Schell says

    TI am sorry to have missed Esther’s Memorial. I was one of Esther’s Softball team players, we had such a good time playing at Shaddock Park in Delhi. Traveling to game in other towns in Merced County. I loved when Esther came up to bat, and watch as the outfield backed up. And for good reason. She had a big heart and I know she made a lot of Wonderful memories for her family.

  2. Carolyn Dougherty says

    Dearest Steven,Julianne Maria,
    So ver sorry for your Loss.
    It was a real treat to meet your mother, several years ago.
    Sean tried to make it a point to stop and see her when we were in and around the area.
    Your Mom was full of Life and Energy, had a wildly independent spirit about her, I really enjoyed the few visit we had..
    Very sorry we didn’t make it back, once Sean had his heart attack, then surgery jobs and travel kind of sent us other directions,then He died and I’ve just lost touch with everyone.
    My deepest condolences and prayers for your family!
    Love, Carolyn Dougherty

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