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Monique M. (Babcock) Esser

August 3, 1963 — September 17, 2023

Climax, MI

Monique Mary Esser passed away too soon on Sunday, September 17, 2023, in Coldwater, MI. She was born August 3, 1963, in Lansing, MI, a daughter of William Bruce Babcock and Estelle (Lallier) Babcock.

Monique Mary Esser grew up in the small town of Bath where everyone saw her as a kind, caring, and empathetic child. She was always surrounded by the love of her family, and her desire to protect, play, and comfort her siblings. She continued to hold strong values in her school years, creating a warm welcoming environment with her peers. She made many friends who knew her as kind, patient, and was admired by many, not just for her beauty but her heart. She was the Penny Queen, and graduated school at 17 years old with the Golden Court Award, and many other honors. Education was important to her, and she strived to continue pushing herself to be her full potential. She studied hard and graduated from Sienna Heights University. She excelled in all things she set her mind to and had a wide variety of passions that continued to grow with her.

Her strong sense of convictions and country is one of the many reasons she joined the United States Navy, to become one of our nations protectors and ultimately a now fallen hero. Monique was accepted into the United States Naval Academy and worked at the Pentagon on cruise missile command, which demonstrated her intelligence and leadership under high pressure environments. A leadership that continued after she left service in all aspects of her life and goals.

She has shown us every day the importance of family, and being a mother we can be proud to have known. She embraced her children and grandchildren with love, smiles, tenderness and filled our bellies with amazing home cooked meals. Meals she prepared with her love of nature and gardening, making them taste that much sweeter around the table.  Holiday gatherings around the Christmas tree she loved to decorate as if it was a one-of-a-kind piece of art. We will miss the laughter and light she brought to our homes, and our children will hold times they read, danced, and sang with her for many years to come. Her voice was beautiful and while she may not be able to speak the words anymore, we will hear “I love you” echo in our hearts until we walk that long road into her loving arms of eternity once again. “If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, we’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.”

Her sense of humor and love for life didn’t end in death. Her memories, her joy of spirit, and her smile will continue to be an absolute in the generations of her family’s love. Her laugh will carry on through our joy and moments with those she leaves behind. She joins those who have gone before her, and she will continue to watch us grow, holding the hands of her loved ones as we walk our journey. We will cling to the knowledge that she is now without pain, and at rest. Mother, you have gone from our world, but you are forever in our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her father William Babcock (Bill). She is survived by her children Albert W. Esser II, (Jill Esser) Amber N. Allen (Steve Allen), and Alivia M. Esser; her grandchildren Lucas Esser, Tyler Hart, June Hart, Justin Hart, Brooklyn Allen, Bristol Allen, Berlin Allen, Chevy Allen, Scarlett Gregory, Rowan Gregory. Her immediate family, (Mother) Estelle Babcock; (siblings) William Babcock II, Danielle Needham, Derek Babcock, several nieces and nephews and her former husband, Albert W. Esser.

All donations made payable to Amber N. Allen or Steve J. Allen please.

All services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 205 E Maple St, Climax MI 49034. To view Monique’s personalized web page, please visit

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