Esther Roulain Orton, 75

Esther Roulain Orton, 75, a native of Lewes, Del., passed away on Dec. 4, 2018, surrounded by family and dear friends. She was born on July 23, 1943, daughter of the late Capt. George Herbert Orton Jr. and Dr. Evelyn Gettys Orton, both of Lewes.

Orton graduated from Lewes High School in 1961 and later from Beebe Hospital School of Nursing. She continued her education at Wesley College, Delaware Technical & Community College and Wilmington College.

After graduating from Beebe, she started her career as a registered nurse in Beebe Hospital’s Emergency Department. She worked in various prestigious hospitals nationwide as a supervising emergency-room nurse, as well as an intensive-care nurse.

She relocated back to Delaware to be closer to her family and friends. She eventually retired from her nursing career working for the State of Delaware at the Stockley Center.

Orton was a member of several community organizations, including St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Lewes Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and various nursing organizations.

Orton loved the beach, spending time with family and friends, shopping, music and dancing. She was adventurous, enjoyed traveling and living life to the fullest. She often said, “I wish there were more hours in the day.” Orton had a close circle of friends who she considered family.

In addition to her parents, Orton was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Orton Bura of Brooklyn, N.Y., and her nephews, Jason Wright and Juan-Miguel Otero, both of Lugoff, S.C. She is survived by her daughters, Amie Roulain Brown of Montrose, Colo., and Myles Evelyn Brown of Lewes; her grandchildren, William T. Schmidt and Dory M. Schmidt, both of Montrose, Colo.; her sisters, Elma Orton Wright and Martha “Patty” Orton Still, both of Lugoff, S.C.; and she was the proud aunt of Russell “Chip” Wright, Michael Whitney, Onatel Otero Leal and Tomas Otero.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, Del., where friends may visit beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. Condolences may be sent online at