Donna Lou Esterby, 84, Minot, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in a Minot nursing home.
Donna was born Oct. 10, 1928, at Minot, the daughter of Arthur and Lydia (Stock) Freeh. She was raised and educated in Minot and attended Minot High School.
Donna was united in marriage to Owen "Art" Esterby on May 17, 1945, at Sidney, Mont. Following their marriage, they lived in Minot, where they raised their three children and Donna was a dedicated stay-at-home mom.
Donna had a very gracious, heartfelt spirit. The family spent many joyous summers at their Lake Metigoshe residence. Donna was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church Choir in Minot. Donna enjoyed knitting, reading and attending all of her children's, grandchildren's and great- grandchildren's activities. She was their number one fan! Donna also enjoyed the company of her aqua-aerobic friends for many years. Owen died Aug. 20, 2008.
Donna's loving family includes: children, Kip (Wanda) Esterby, Federal Way, Wash., Barbara (Ken) Boyeff, Minot, and Kirk (ReNae) Esterby, Belton, Texas; grandchildren, Alexandria (Eric) Karvala, Barb (Randy) Ivers, Wayne Finneseth, Tasha (Danny) Hanson, Brekka Kramer, Alex Boyeff, Kyle (Sarita) Boyeff, Madison, Callie and Maxwell Esterby; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Owen and Oakdin Hanson, Haley and Emma Kramer, Tyler and Trevor Finneseth, Jesse and Rayme Ivers, Giada Boyeff, Reese and Vaughn Karvala; sister, Betty (Owen) Lansverk, Minot: along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Owen; and granddaughter, Debbie Finneseth Obregon.
Donna was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, sister-in-law and friend. She will live on in the memories of those who loved her.
Celebration of Life service: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in First Presbyterian Church, Minot.
Interment: Veterans section of Rosehill Memorial Park, later in the summer.
Visitation: At the request of the family, there will not be any reviewal, however friends may sign a memorial register book on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to First Presbyterian Church, the Minot Public School Foundation or an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).