Funeral services were conducted December 9, 1980, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Esther Perrault, a former Horse Heaven wheat rancher and breeder of Quarter Horses and long-time Prosser resident, who died December 3, 1980, at her home in West Prosser.
Family prayer was by Marvin Fast and the invocation was given by Bob Parker. David Miller conducted the service. Rachel Burke gave the obituary; Douglas Burke was the speaker and Paul Picket gave the benediction. A musical quartet composed of Sheila Johnson, JoAnn Miller, Shirley Parker and Jo Yetter sang “In the Garden” and "How Great Thou Art."
Casket bearers were Marvin Fast, Donald Brown, Elton Brown, Vernell Vanderhoof, Verle Coombs and Dennis Yule. The dedication of the grave was by David Miller and burial was in East Prosser Cemetery.
Flint Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Perrault was born October 13, 1892, at North Ogden, Utah. Her father was Jesse Lyman Vanderhoof and her mother was Larona Hickman Vanderhoof. She was the 13th of 15 children. She attended school at Stone Idaho, and later homesteaded in North canyon at Stone.
Mrs. Perrault came to Prosser in 1919 to live with her sister, Artie Bean. She married Zotique Perrault in 1919. After their marriage they moved to Horse Heaven where they farmed. They hauled water, milked cows, fed chickens and sold eggs to pay for their groceries. Esther worked in the fields along with her husband.
By 1933 they managed to buy their first tractor which cost them $3,200. A little later the farm began to prosper and by 1944, just prior to Zotique’s death, they made plans to semi- retire, but she continued to farm on Horse Heaven until into the fifties.
She then moved to a farm west of Prosser where she resumed her interest horses. She became an avid race horse enthusiast and breeder of racing stock. This interest continued until her death.
She was a member of the Washington Quarteerhorse Ass'n and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She is survived by her sister, Maud Herd, of Fielding, Utah, and neices, Melba Coombs, also of Fielding, and Melba Keeten of Ogden, Utah, and Paula Fast of Amity, Oregon.