On September 28, 2017, Esther Alexis, beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, mentor, educator, and so much more suffered a fatal accident while traveling abroad with her loving husband.
Due to being on sabbatical, the family does not have insurance to assist with any of the expenses. In order to help recoup funds related to funeral preparation and travel, please consider making a donation.
As we all know, Esther Alexis was an extremely generous person who contributed greatly to many things. Please help honor her legacy by donating what you can. The family is grateful for the countless thoughts and prayers from the many people whose lives she touched.
Obituary for Esther Alexis
Esther “tete” Alexis (June 11, 1982 – September 28, 2017)
Esther Alexis was on the trip of a lifetime, exploring southeast Asia with her husband Christopher when she suddenly lost her life in an accident on September 28, 2017. Esther was the fourth of five children born to Dieulima and Anne Alexis. She was born in Spring Valley (Rockland County), New York and moved to Orlando, Florida when she was six years old.
Esther graduated from Lake Howell high school in 2000 where she served as class president all four years and went on to receive her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Florida in 2004. She then went on to receive a Masters in Educational Leadership from Columbia University in 2016.
Esther was a passionate educator who loved working with children. Her teaching career began during the summer of 2003 when she taught in the Breakthrough Collaborative program at Friends Academy on Long Island. She met her husband Christopher Benz teaching there. Esther was such an incredible presence in the classroom that she soon rose to become the Program Director. She was a teacher at Friends Academy as well. Later she moved to New Orleans, where she continued her work in education as a teacher and administrator at several different schools and impacted every life she came across in the classroom and beyond.
While Esther was known for her many personal and professional accomplishments, it was her character that defined her and made Esther so incredibly special to many that knew and loved her. Esther made the most isolated feel connected. She chose justice over her own self-preservation. She secretly funded milestone events. She truly listened. She never showed up at someone’s house empty handed. She was proud of her Haitian roots. She gave children a voice. She noticed those who needed a hand, and she lent it. She was inquisitive about different cultures and the world. She embraced her natural beauty. She intervened in domestic violence. She was well known for her modern and unique personal style, and had a gift for uncovering countless hidden gems in thrift stores. She did not judge. She was prepared for things big and small, and always carried a bag fully stocked with wet naps, hand sanitizer, or tissues for herself and others. She lived her Christian beliefs. She helped others overcome personal demons. She was the first one on the dance floor. She made the vulnerable feel safe. If you were fortunate enough to truly know Esther Alexis, Esther challenged you, Esther made you a better person, and Esther was unconditional love.
Esther was preceded in death by her father Dieulima Alexis in 2014. She is survived by her husband Christopher Benz. Esther is also survived by her mother Anne Alexis, and her siblings, Samuel Alexis (Lusta Alexis), Natasha Kenol (Ralph Kenol), Rebecca Alexis (Nick Horton), and Tamara Sashington (Andrew Leon Sashington II). She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews: Issac Alexis, Ralphie Kenol, Andy Leon Sashington III, Justin Kenol, Annalise Claire Sashington and Lucas Horton. She is also survived by her in laws, Ann and Bill Benz, Emily and David Boxer and their children Hugo and Olympia Boxer.
Please join us in celebrating the beautiful life of Esther Alexis on Saturday, October 14th at 10:00 am at the Calvary Chapel of Orlando.
An educational opportunity foundation in honor of Esther Alexis is in the works. In lieu of a donation at this time, we ask you to please give an act of kindness or be of service to someone in need as a tribute to Esther and all that she stood for.