Esther Sonja Byron

September 28, 1955 - March 5, 2023
March 14, 2023 81 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

With love and remembrance, we announce the passing of our beloved Esther Byron on March 5th, 2023.

Esther was born on September 28, 1955 in Christ Church, Barbados. She was predeceased by her father, Carlton Warner, mother, Everil Warner and her brother, Earl Warner. She was a Psychiatric Nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and retired from the Edmonton Community Mental Health Clinic after 40 years of service.

Esther is survived by Joel Byron, her husband of 32 years, her two sons Darrio and Durell Byron, siblings Roslyn, Janice, Robert, Patricia and Gerry Warner, aunt, Elsa Coppin and uncle, Winston Warner. She was an in-law to the Byron family and a special friend to the Mayers family. She will be missed by the members of Shiloh Baptist Church and many other extended relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Esther’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 25th, 2023, at 10:30 am at
Shiloh Baptist Church
10727-114 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The celebration of life will be streamed on the Shiloh Baptist Church YouTube page below:

The interment will follow the service and will be held at:
Glenwood Memorial Gardens
52356 Range Road 232
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute in Esther's name.

  1. Sincere condolences to Joel Darrio and Durell on the passing of my cousin Esther,she will be missed.
    The ward family,Barbados.

    • My condolences to Esther’s family and siblings may she rest in eternal peace and rise in glory. Blessings

  2. Joel, Dario and Durell we are so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences

    Arlene Green and family (Winnipeg)

  3. Dearest Aunty Esther, you are deeply loved and missed.Your life has touched so many in an unforgettable way.To Joel, the boys and her siblings- know that your loss is shared with those that remain. May you rest in peace and rise in glory Aunty Esther. Forever loved 💕

    • Condolences from Baswell Job and family in Barbados. I met her once and was very impressed. She was kind and loving. May she rest in peace.

  4. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family. Esther was strong, caring and treated everyone equally. Her life as a wife, mother and woman of God can be seen in her family, friends and church. She will be dearly missed. Praying peace and comfort over Joel, Darrio and Durrell.

  5. My Dear Aunt Esther, you will be greatly missed, your hugs were warm and your words of wisdom were gentle and kind. Your presence was graceful and beautiful. Xolani and I were so blessed to have such a loving auntie to take care of us. Thank you for everything, I will hold it close to my heart. I will honour you aunt Esther by keeping my last promise to you. I love you auntie

  6. My sincerest condolences for you at this time. You have my deepest sympathy .
    Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time.

  7. Condolences to the Byron family in Edmonton & Calgary we are thinking of the family at this time. .
    Nellie Christopher & Reynold Morgan

  8. Will miss your bright spirit, Esther. Thank you for being a friend to the Best / Carter family.

  9. Our Jesus is risen, which is the great hope for those who believe. For Joel and family, we want you to know anew the God of all comfort. Be assured of our prayers and concern for you.

  10. My deepest sympathies to all who mourns. Heavenly Father, I lift up this family who is mourning the loss of a loved one. I pray that You bring them comfort amidst this painful gathering. We hold on to Your promise of walking with us through the darkest valleys of our lives, and I know they’re not alone, especially during this difficult time. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  11. Pastor Byron, I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I pray that God will strengthen, comfort, and keep you all at this time of your grief. Sleep in eternal peace Mrs Byron.
    From Mrs. Lorna Rowe – Chateauguay, Quebec

  12. Aunt Esther words can’t express what I’m going through with losing you. You were soft spoken beautiful graceful helpful and gave me good advice. I will miss all of that. But I take comfort some what knowing that the Father has you know and it is well. My condolences to my uncle Joel and my cuzin Darrio and Durell, I will always see auntie when I look at you two young men what a wonderful memory to have. 🙏🏿💯🥰🥰

  13. Pastor Jo, Darrio, Durell, family and friends, Please accept our sincere condolences. My family and I pray your strength and that the beautiful memories will keep you going. Our God continues to be merciful and a Comforter. Through it all continue to trust in Him. One day our tears will be wiped away. We give thanks for that hope. Esther is a beautiful soul. I was happy and blessed to have met and interacted with her.
    The Littlejohn’s

  14. The candle may go out, but the memory of its light remains.
    My heartfelt condolences for your loss, my thoughts are with you during this sad time.
    Wishing you peace and comfort in these tough and difficult moment to you and everyone around, our heart goes out to you and your family.
    My deepest condolences.

    God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4

    Blessed is those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
    But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

    Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

  15. My deepest condolences goes out to my beloved Uncle Joel Byron and Beloved cousins Darrio and Durell Byron and Aunty Esther’s family. Aunty Esther will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she had touched, she was an amazing person, a loving wife and a wonderful mother. I will miss our conversations and how much she advised and encouraged me. She was a beautiful soul and gone too soon. Sleep in Peace Aunty Esther.

  16. Dear Joel and family,

    I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your dear Esther. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.

    May the memories of Esther bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead. And may you find solace in the knowledge that she was loved and will be missed by so many.

    With love and deepest sympathies,
    Your nephew, Rohan

  17. Dear Byron family, your loss is tremendous, but the lives touched by Esther is equally tremendous.
    She will be forever missed.
    My family and I grieve with you.
    With heavy but grateful hearts we wish Esther a peaceful rest to rise again in glory.

  18. Our deepest condolences to the Byron family.Esther was a loving and caring person she always look for ways to be a blessing to other’s. Most of all Esther was a woman of faith ,that faith was demonstrated all the way to the end .
    To the Byron family ,
    I pray the peace and strength of God to comfort you in the days ,weeks and months ahead .Our prayers and love to the family.

  19. To Joel and his sons Darrio and Durell our deepest condolences to you for the loss of your loved one our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief
    From your cousins Cecelia Hewitt and Isola Byron

  20. My Condolences to the Byron family, my prayers and thoughts 🙏 to the family.
    May the lord guide you and keep you strong.

  21. Rest in peace my Sister Esther.You will be missed by all those who come into contact with you near and far including us Family Byron..
    Go soaring with the Angels My Sister.Until we meet again on that great getting up Morning.

  22. Joel, Darrio and Durell,

    We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Esther loved you deeply and unconditionally.

    Lesley and Malachi

  23. Condolences to the Byron family at this difficult time. Esther’s life is a life well lived in service. My first recollection is Esther arriving in Edmonton as a nineteen year old and maturing into a highly successful family and professional person. Her commitment to others, to life and to her sense of purpose and being will ever be with us.
    Rest In Peace.

  24. Joel please accept my sincere deepest condolesence on the passing of Esther.Also your sons i know what it is like to loose someone who played a significant part of your life. But God is good.

  25. Condolence and deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Esther … May the memories fuel your comfort into the future … Hugs.

  26. Aunt Esther, you are deeply missed. Thank you for sharing your time and wisdom with me. I will forever cherish our conversations and your warm loving spirit.
    To Uncle Joel, Darrio and Durrell:
    My heart goes out to you all. I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Please know that you have my love and support.

  27. My sincere condolences to the family of Esther, A wonderful and beautiful soul. Rise In Glory❤️

  28. On behalf of the James family we expressed our sincere condolences to Esther husband, children and extended family, for the loss of a beautiful person. We know she will be missed.

  29. Pastor Byron, Darrio & Durrell, our heartfelt condolences. My family and I were blessed by knowing Aunt Esther, words aren’t enough to describe her.
    We pray Isaiah 41:10

  30. My condolences to Joel, Darrio, Durell, and the rest of the Byron family. I have you in my thoughts, and praying God will comfort you in this difficult time. Remember all the good times, and the great love she had for each one of you. Rest in peace Esther.
    Carl Noering

  31. To Joel,Darrio and Durrell,
    Deepest sympathies from the Jackman family, on the passing Of Esther. You will be in our prayers. May the Almighty provide you strength and comfort,at this difficult time.

  32. My deepest condolences to Joel, Darrio and Durell. May the Lord bring you comfort at this time. Esther was a very loving person , her smiles, her hugs was so warm and gentle, she will be missed. May her beautiful soul rest in peace ❤️🙏🏾

  33. Aunt Esther, I am deeply saddened by your passing. You took the time to check in on Vijay and I on a regular basis. You never missed a birthday, and you took the time to celebrate Vijay on all his accomplishments. Your text messages just to say hi will be missed. Uncle Joel, Darrio & Durrel take comfort in knowing that she is in a better place, with her Lord and Savior whom she loved dearly. We will miss you but your memories will live on! Rest in eternal peace my dear aunt! Until we meet again! Love you always!!🙏🏾🙏🏾♥️

  34. Sincere condolences to the family and friends. May she rest in peace. 💐

  35. My most heartfelt condolences to the Byron family. May God bring healing and comfort to you all during this difficult time. Esther was a light to so many, and that will never change. She will be dearly missed by so so many, but she has found peace in the arms of the Lord.

    Pastor Joel, Durell and Darrio, please know that we are here for you, to pray with and for you and to pour love and support into your lives as you find a way to move through this immensely difficult time.

  36. Esther was the first friend I met when I moved to Edmonton. We were 19. I was 1 day older than her. We loved our disco dancing and she made work fun for all the staff. We stayed in touch over the years and checked on each other. I agree with the comments that she made an impact on people. Healing thoughts to you and the boys Joel.

  37. I know the words won’t be enough to comfort, but I’m praying for the family so God may be your refuge and strength in those moments.
    My sincere condoleances.

  38. Our prayers and Condolence goes to the Byron family.
    Esther you were a blessing to my family and a bridge builder.Thank you for the unconditionally love you showed.
    God created us and He knows best . Rest in the blossom of the Lord.

  39. Joel, Darrio and Durell our thoughts are with you during this time of grief. I hope that your wonderful memories of times spent with Esther bring you comfort. All the best, Chris and Ruxandra.

  40. My deepest sympathies during this time of grief and loss.

  41. Dear Joel, Durell and Darrio,
    You three are amazing. God clearly is your strength! I will always cherish the time I spent with you all at the hospital…what a gift to be there!
    Your Esther has always Shon so bright on this earth! Her presence has been an immeasurable gift given from above! I love her so much!
    I learned how to be a better member of the body of Christ through watching Esther smile, say hi and reach out..To know Esther is to know what it is to be a women of God, a sassy fun loving sista, a great mother and a committed, loving wife! I will so miss her just checking in on me texts…& our breakfasts at Alberts family restaurant in Londonderry mall..
    We Love you Joel, Darrio & Durrell you 3 are and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love: Ryan & Jenni

  42. Sincere Condolences to Esther’s family and friends. May you all find comfort and peace in your wonderful memories of her. Rest in peace Esther.

  43. Condolences to the family on the passing of your love one Esther,may she rest in peace.

  44. Dear Francis and Family,
    Kindly accept this my deepest sympathy and profound condolences regarding the passing of your dear loved one sister Esther Byron. I know from recent experience with the passing of my dear wife Eletha – that it is difficult to accept,, but do remember that Esther is now at rest in the loving arms of Jesus – with God Almighty’s Blessings. May she rest there in peace. Sincerely yours, Donald Hinds, Barbados.

  45. Joel – Please accept my condolence, so sorry to hear this. It is very sad and hard for the whole family. Take care.

    Warm Regards

  46. I never got the honour to meet Esther, but I’ve been lucky enough to know Durell & Dario for a few years now and judging from their characters, Esther must’ve been a fierce woman and caring mother. May she rest in peace and power.

    My deepest and heartfelt condolences to your family.

  47. Dear Joel
    Please accept my heart felt condolences on the passing of your beloved wife. There is coming a time when death will be no more, neither crying or mourning. These things will be in the past. The resurrection is a sure hope for those who have died in Christ. Take comfort . Be well my friend

  48. Condolences to all who mourn the loss of Esther.
    My darling cousin had a great spirit and an infectious smile.
    I pray that all the pleasant memories comfort you.

    May she Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory

  49. Sincere condolences on the passing of a dear wife, sister, mother, relative and friend.May she rest in peace.

  50. To Pastor Joel and family my deepest condolences so sorry for your loss .Only who feels it knows it.God will get you through your grief, and you have all your memories of your beloved wife Esther .

  51. My sincere condolence to the families. Ps. 116 v15. Precious in the sight of the
    Lord is the death of his saints.

  52. My sincere condolence to the families. Ps. 116 v15. Precious in the sight of the
    Lord is the death of his saints. We went to Maxwell church many years ago, i now reside in Hamilton Ontario. Rest in peace and rise in glory.

  53. Dear Joel, Darrio, Durell and family our deepest condolences.
    Esther was amazing, caring with words of wisdom to many.
    She ran her race courageously. Let the thought of seeing her in the Sweet By and By, When the Roll is call up Yonder, be a source of great comfort as she is resting in the arms of Jesus for now.
    You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  54. Joel, Darrio, and Durrell, please accept our deepest sympathies. May God wrap his loving arms around you during this time of grief and loss. Love you all!Rest in eternal peace Esther.

  55. All of us in the Dominican Republic are sharing in your sorrow. Our thoughts are often with you, Roslyn, and all of the family.

  56. So sorry for your loss. She always had a friendly smile and a wave for us.
    You and your family are in our prayers.
    Knowing that we will see our loved ones again can give us hope.
    May you find comfort in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  57. We are saddened to receive this news. May the Lord’s strength by with Byron and his family and the Shiloh Baptist Church family.
    In Christ,
    Pastor John Cline of Southgate Baptist Church (the former McLaurin Memorial Baptist Church)

  58. Joel, Darrio, Durrell, Roslyn, Janice, Robert, Pat, Gerry, aunt Elsa. Our connection has spanned many years. I always remember Esther with a bright smile. She was attentive to the needs of her family. And did what she could to help. Above all, I was impressed that she had a “sincere respect” to the Faith she was raised in from a child. She will be missed. But our God knows what is best. Love and Hugs to each one of you. Eglon and June Shuffler

  59. Sincere condolences to Joel, Dario, Durrell, and the rest of the family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you in his care.

  60. My deepest sympathy to Joel and the boys. Saddened to hear about the passing of Esther. May God comfort and keep you.

  61. Good morning family. My sincere condolences to my brother Joel and my nephews Darrio and Durelle Byron. Also to the extended Warner family. I met Esther briefly many years ago, at Grant MacEwan College in Millwoods, AB. Many years later we reunited at the RAH where we both worked. I took my brother to Shiloh Baptist Church one Sunday morning, where he met Esther Warner. At my brother’s request, I asked Esther for her phone number the rest my friends, is history. I have read all of the tributes and I am humbled by the tributes submitted on Esther’s behalf. Somewhere along the way Esther touched and made a difference in many young persons lives. RIP in peace my sister until we meet again. Go rest high on that mountain my sister. Your time on earth is done. Go to heven shouting. Love for the father and the son. We will mis

  62. To Joel, Darrio & Durell… The Audain family offers heartfelt condolences as we grieve with you on the passing of our dear Esther.
    We encourage you at this time to be strong, be very courageous for the Lord your God is with you..

  63. My condolences to brother Joel and family.
    Last time I met Esther was at the Assembly of the CBWC in Calgary in May 2022 and she greeted me with her warm and friendly smile. Mrs Byron was a wonderful woman and she will remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace!

  64. Condolences! We join you at this sad time and wish you all the very best now and going forward. May Esther Rest In Peace! The Butcher Family.

  65. Our deepest sympathy to the Byron and Warner family, may God comfort you all at this time of bereavement

  66. My deepest sympathies goes out to you, Pastor Joel, Darrio and Durell at this time of your great loss. May you find the fullness of love, peace and comfort in the Lord now and in the days to come.

  67. To the Bryon Family and the Warner Family. Our prayers and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. From the Weekes’ family Winston, Ralph, Lemuel and Angela.

  68. Dear Pastor Joel and family, I am saddened at the passing of Esther. Please accept my condolences and I will contnue to pray that God will comfort your hearts and will give you added strength to go through this most difficult time of your lives. Please be comforted by the fact that Esther is safe and secure, secure and pain-free in the arms of God.
    My deepest sympathy.
    Donna Nelson and family

  69. To my dearest brother,nephews, the Warners and siblings. Our deepest condolences on the passing of a true woman of God. A woman of grace, strength and love for God and family. May God’s strength keep us at this time. A life well lived for God.

  70. Very sorry for your loss Joel. Deepest condolences from us to you and family. God bless always. This message is from Joel Hull

  71. Our condolences to the family. Temporary separation. We’re praying your strength.

    The White’s family.

  72. We were so very sorry to hear about Esther’s passing, Our hearts goes out to you, Joel and the boys
    Esther was such a beautiful person.
    Just know that She may no longer be by your side, but she will forever be in your hearts
    Our deepest condolences

  73. Condolences to the Byron family. We are very sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Esther was a well respected member of the church and psychiatric community. May she Rest In Peace!

  74. Thinking of your family during this time! Accept our condolences.

    Ledcor Family!

  75. Dear Pastor Joel, Darrio, Durrell;
    As you go through this painfuI season of your lives, know that you are not alone, we share in your grief. Esther was a beautiful soul, who was a huge part of my family and she’ll be missed dearly. Although it’s difficult now to see beyond the sorrows, may looking back in memory help to comfort and strengthen you for the days ahead. May the peace, comfort and grace of God be with you all.

  76. WOW….I just was scanning and saw this…sorry for your loss Joel (and family). I knew Esther and Joel when I attended Jasper Place Church of God, with them in the mid 1990’s.

    Blessings to you all.

  77. My condolences to the Bryon family….. I met Sis Esther in 2021 and it felt like I’ve known her my entire life, I will miss her calls every Friday at 2pm checking up on me and my family especially the girls, and her random text messages. SIP.

  78. Esther will always be in your hearts.🙏🏾
    Morrison Family Barbados

  79. Hello. I had the pleasure of working with Esther both at the Royal Alex and at Community Mental Health. She was a kind nurse who always treated her patients and colleagues with respect and empathy. I hosted one of her bridal showers in my backyard. Esther loved her family and looked forward to her retirement. She was a wonderful person. My condolences on her losd

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