School 10

Esther Cynthia Hinson

February 5, 1947 ~ September 25, 2020 (age 73)


Esther Cynthia Houston-Hinson was born in Clearwater, Florida on February 5, 1947 to Thelma Houston Williamson and Leroy Kelly.   She received Christ at an early age. She was faithfully involved in the life and activity of her church at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Florida and remained committed to Christ until her departure to be with the Lord on September 25, 2020.  She attended Curtis Elementary School in Florida and after her mother passed away, she moved from Florida to live with her grandmother, Sarah Houston, in Georgia, where she continued her education and received her diploma from George Washington High School.  She was a member of Bryan Neck Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia. After graduating from high school, she moved to California to live with her aunt and uncle, Mary and Robert Harris.   Her first job was at Learner’s Clothing Store and she did earn a certificate from the Job Corp, but her desire was to pursue higher education and she did eventually obtain an Associate of Arts degree.   Her goal was to become a Certified Public Accountant.  Through the Job Corp, she was offered and accepted a position at a bank.  During her residency in California, she attended New Hope Baptist Church.  She eventually relocated to Portland, Oregon and a few years later, met and married Shaphan Hinson.  From that union, a beautiful daughter, Cristal Hinson was born. She was an active member at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, both under the pastorage of Dr. Johnnie Pack IV and finally Northeast Community Fellowship Church under the pastorage of George and Mary Merriweather.  Included in her employment history are the following:  Blue Cross Blue Shield, Portland Community College and the Urban League of Portland.  Esther loved education and children.  For several years, she felt called by the Lord to open a private Christian elementary school in Portland and in 2008, Miracle Village Academy was birthed.  Esther, as the school administrator and teachers Annie Larry and Nahir Perez, worked closely and tirelessly with the parents and  volunteers to provide a safe and wholesome environment that was conducive to the children learning and growing both academically as well as spiritually.

After overcoming her battle with breast cancer, she became passionate about supporting other woman with various forms of cancer including breast cancer and in 2017,she was asked to be the chairperson along with Pat Ford and Tholanda Newborne as co-chairs of “The Women in Pink,” an annual event held at Northeast Community Fellowship Church, which supports and celebrates cancer survivors.  On September 25, 2020, Esther won her final victory over a long history of major health issues, for although she is absent from the body, she is now present with the Lord.  There is no greater victory!  She is completely healed and rejoicing with Christ.

This is not goodbye!  Esther’s homegoing is a celebration of her life in Christ and those in Christ will see her again.

Although mourning her loss, Esther leaves to celebrate her life the following:  Her daughter, Cristal Hinson and grandson Ja’Myrian (J J), 2 sisters: Ruthie Johnson (Thomas) and Sarah Williamson, an aunt, Elaine Mitchell, 4 step-daughters: Regina, Anastacha, Francisca and Nyoka, 3 step-sons: Vern, Levi and Shaphan along with a host of step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Esther was much beloved and she will be dearly missed!



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 Service Program


Public Viewing
October 16, 2020

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Terry Family Funeral Home
2337 N. Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Private Committal

Skyline Memorial Gardens
4101 NW Skyline Blvd.
Portland, OR 97229

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