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Esther Almaraz

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  • Daniel Irr, Esther Almaraz, Audrey Leonard

    SMILES CAN’T BE MASKED Esther “Grandma Essie” Almaraz’s 1940s polio-epidemic experience has helped her college-freshmen grandchildren, Daniel Irr and Audrey Leonard, stay positive during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: lawellphoto.com)

    From: Pandemic Perspectives
  • Esther Almaraz, Alma Connor, Daniel Irr, Julia Irr, Audrey Leonard

    Grandma Essie, daughter Alma Connor and grandchildren Daniel Irr, Julia Irr and Audrey Leonard (from left) celebrated Mother’s Day at Essie's senior living community.

    From: Pandemic Perspectives
  • Esther Almaraz

    The girl smiling from Esther’s 1946 senior yearbook is ready to go enjoy her life. More than seven decades later, she still is – and continues to inspire those around her to do the same.  

    From: Pandemic Perspectives
  • Esther Almaraz, Audrey Leonard, Daniel Irr

    Esther Almaraz, also known as Grandma Essie, is proud of her grandchildren, Audrey Leonard and Daniel Irr, who will soon graduate from high school. Like the Class of 2020, Esther's Class of 1946's school year ended early because of a health crisis; theirs was polio while today the culprit is the coronavirus. (Photo: Alma Connor)

    From: Perspectives on the Pandemic: From Polio to Coronavirus
  • Esther Almaraz, Alma Connor, Daniel Irr, Julia Irr, Audrey Leonard,

    Grandma Essie shares a sweet, safe social-distancing Mother's Day with (pictured) daughter Alma Connor and grandchildren Daniel Irr, Julia Irr and Audrey Leonard. 

    From: Perspectives on the Pandemic: From Polio to Coronavirus