In Loving Memory

Mary Esther VanDam

June 27, 1933 - June 11, 2020


Mary Esther Golden Trione VanDam, a native of Daphne and resident of Elberta, AL, passed away at home on Thursday, June 11, 2020 with her family by her side, at the age of 86.  Preceding her in death are her parents, Andrew Husal Golden and Mary Jane Lambeth Golden, her three sisters and two brothers. She is also preceded in death by two wonderful men, her husband of 40 years, John “Al” Trione and husband, Lee VanDam, of 12 years.

Esther was a talented lady.  She wrote heartfelt poetry and she created beautiful pieces of art using stained glass.  She also enjoyed gardening and working in her yard.  Esther was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fairhope and a member of Fairhope’s “Nifty Fifty” group.  She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are her three children, John “Kent” (Kathy) Trione, of Elberta, AL, Richard A. “Mr. Ricky” (Bonnie) Trione and Shelly P. Trione, all of Fairhope;  two sisters, Carol Howard of Fairhope and Barbara (Clinton) Mauldin of Silverhill, AL; her five grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  The family would like to express a special thanks to her wonderful caregivers, Brenda, Betty, Selma, Theresa and Sharonia.

The family will receive friends for a time of visitation, Monday, June 15, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, 36526.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 200 South Section St, Fairhope, AL, 36526.  Officiating will be Rev. William Parsons, III.  Interment will be held in Montrose Cemetery.  Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, AL, 36526.



  1. Terry Smith

    Sending prayers for her family and friends. I know she will be missed.

  2. Patti Van Iderstine

    My deepest sympathy in the passing of Esther. Esther was such a sweet and lovely lady.
    May beautiful memories help ease your pain of loss and our Heavenly Father watch over and comfort you all.

  3. Teddie & Betty Council

    Typing this for my parents, Teddie & Betty Council that have been lifelong friends & classmates of Esther…they’re not in the best of health & are saddened that they can’t pay their respects in person
    They want the family to know they cherished the friendship & life long stories they will forever hold close. They want to express the admiration & love they have for Esther & her wit, intellect, beauty & elegance were just a few of the things that made her so very special. They will be holding the family in their daily prayers in the coming days ahead. Teddie & Betty Council.

  4. Pandora Jorgensen Heathcoe

    Esther was such a very special lady and probably the first friend my mother made when we moved here in 1965. This family has been such a part of my life since first grade when Shelly and I became best friends. My heart goes out to the family and I will keep them all in my thoughts and prayers. Esther will be so missed and so will her wonderful beautiful smile!

  5. Pandora Jorgensen Heathcoe

    Esther was such a lovely person and probably the first friend my mother made when we moved here in 1965. This family has been such a part of my life since first grade when Shelly and I became best friends. Esther and her beautiful smile will be so missed. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Laurie Jordan

    I’m praying for her family and friends.


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