Life | In a state known for legal assisted suicide, one terminally ill young woman instead chose to live each God-given day to its fullest
by Sophia Lee
Posted 9/28/17, 01:30 pm
SALEM and AUMSVILLE, Ore.—Esther Ybarra’s “Celebration of Life” memorial service in September began in the same manner in which she lived, according to friends: in worship. Along with sounds of guitars and song, the Salem, Ore., chapel where 600 mourners gathered to commemorate the young woman rang with occasional laughter as friends and family shared memories of one whose life had impacted so many. There were also sniffles and tissues as people lamented her short life—just 21 years.