Esther Love, 86, a former president of the Ezras Israel Sisterhood, died Tuesday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda after a long illness.
She and her husband of 66 years, Jacob Love, had lived at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington since January, 1976.
Born in the Crimea, Russia, Mrs. Love came to this country at the age of 16 and lived in New York. She moved to Washington when she was married in 1911.
From then until her husband's retirement in 1967, she assisted him in operating a shoe repair shop and later shoe sales stores in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE., where they lived until moving to Silver Spring in 1967.
Mrs. Love was fluent in Russian, English and Yiddish, and was known for her eloquent notes to persons at times of distress or celebration.
A former president of the Ezras Israel Sisterhood, she was also active in Hadassah, the Pioneer Women, the Progressive Women's Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hebrew Home.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Naomi Fisher, and two sons, Eugene and Stanley, all of Silver Spring; two other sons, Maurice, of Landover, and Dr. Solomon Love, of Pikesville; 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.