Esther Bakken Crosby was born on November 9, 1924 in rural Sebeka, MN to parents Carl and Marie (Agrimson) Bakken. After the death of her mother in 1925, her father married Mabel Norem in 1929. Following her graduation from Sebeka High School in 1943, Esther enrolled at Augsburg College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Secondary Education. She began her teaching career in 1948 in Appleton, MN where she met and married Warren Crosby on November 18, 1950. A few months later, Esther joined Warren who had been deployed to Camp Rucker, AL. Following discharge, they moved back to Appleton where Warren began his barbering business. In addition to being a devoted mother to Debra, Mary, and Tim, Esther periodically taught part-time in Appleton and Milan. In 1972, Esther, Warren, and Tim moved to Princeton, MN where Warren had accepted a job with Midland Cooperatives. Warren was transferred to Granite Falls, MN in 1979. Esther started her hobby of collecting and selling antiques and was part of an antique cooperative store. She continued to substitute teach and was active in the Granite Falls Lutheran Church, Legion Auxiliary, and the Granite Falls Arts Council Gallery. Esther and Warren enjoyed many activities at the Killowatt Community Center, especially the Golden Grands gatherings three times a week. Esther and Warren spent their retirement years traveling in their RV visiting friends and relatives all over the country. In 2017, Esther and Warren moved to Eventide Assisted Living in Moorhead.

Preceding her in death are her mother, father, stepmother, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers. A brother, Paul, and sister, Ruth are surviving family members.

Grateful for their 69 ½ years of marriage is her loving husband, Warren. Grateful for her love and support for so many years are Debra Pullen, Mary (Richard) Goerndt, and Tim Crosby. Also grateful for their devoted and proud grandmother/great-grandmother are 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.