ESTHER RUTH CANNADY was born in Latta, South Carolina on March 26, 1936 to the late Eugene Smith and Argin Manning. She was preceded in death her husband of 43 years, Isaiah Cannady; two children, Isaiah Jr. and Veronica Cannady; and siblings, Dorothy Manning, Henry Manning and Sarah Nelson.
Esther graduated from Latimer High School in 1956. After migrating to Boston, she worked as a machinist at Boston Envelope Company, a grocer at Blue Hills Market and provided day and foster care to help support her family. Esther loved fashion and was always well-dressed. She enjoyed shopping and searching for deals in the world-famous Filene's Basement, but her greatest passion was her ministry.
In 1973, Esther symbolized her dedication to Jehovah God by water-baptism and spent the rest of her life helping other get to know Him. As a pioneer minister for over 40 years, she was well-known in her community as a preacher of righteousness and helped many to strengthen their relationship with God.
Esther was a kind and generous person and a true friend. She was alert to those in need and provided assistance privately. In her later years, she took a special interest in the teens in the congregation and sought encourage them as they transitioned to adulthood. While Esther’s intense glare and sharp tongue could be intimidating, it often gave way to her bright smile that revealed her deep affection for you.
Esther will be dearly missed but we look forward to being reunited in God's promised paradise. (Lu 23:43). She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved children: Claudette, Bernard, Anthony, Bernadette and Reggie; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a host of spiritual brothers and sisters.
There will be a Viewing on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 11:00 to 12:00pm followed by Funeral Service at 12:00 Noon at Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses 301 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124.
Interment: Private/St. Michael Crematory
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home.