Esther Provost died Wednesday, Dec. 6, at her home in Marble from a long-term heart problem. Esther was known to many as one of the checkers at City Market in Carbondale. She had recently retired from that position. Before City Market, Esther was the dining room manager at the Redstone Inn.Esther was born Feb. 24, 1937, in Boston, to Charles Russell and Frances Harriet (Nickerson) Moore. She was married to Ronald Provost for the past 49 years. Ron and Esther moved to Marble in 1985 after Ron retired as fire chief in Sturbridge, Mass. They had three children: Mike Provost of Marble, James Provost of Battlement Mesa, and Linda (Steve) Menard of Marble. She had three grandchildren: Dustin Showers, Kyle Girouard and Ryan Provost, and one great-grandchild, Autumn Showers. She is also survived by her sisters Keitha Murphy and Blanche Waleski, and brother Archie Papineau. Her brother James Moore, and sisters Eloise Moore and Ginny Gardner preceded Esther in death.A memorial service to honor her life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Marble Church. A potluck lunch will follow.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.
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Pitkin County administrators are proposing a more than $142 million budget for 2020, which is about $6 million less than this year because of fewer construction projects and capital improvements.