Esther Mae (Sherman) Goff was born in Los Angeles, on March 6, 1938, but later moved with her family to Temple City, California. In 1968, while living in Berea, Kentucky, she helped stage health fairs for the Council of the Southern Mountains, a nonprofit organization concerned with education and community development in southern Appalachia. This experience inspired Esther to become a nurse.
Later, Esther turned from health care to real estate, becoming a salesperson in 1978 and a broker in 1982. For many years, she served as a director of the Saddleback Valley Board of REALTORS®, a predecessor organization of the Orange County REALTORS®, and as a director for the California Association of REALTORS®. Well respected among her colleagues in the real estate industry, Esther was elected president of Saddleback Valley Board of REALTORS® in 1991 and then honored as REALTOR® of the Year in 1993.
Early on the morning of Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Esther Goff lost her battle with breast cancer. Those who knew her well will remember her as a caring person who always found meaningful ways to make a difference. She and Joe, her husband of sixty years, were residents of Forest Gardens in Lake Forest, where family members and friends will gather to celebrate Esther’s life in the clubhouse on Saturday, April 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.