Esther Uhlich Everson, 91, Bismarck, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck.
Esther was born on Aug. 23, 1922, to Kathrina (Jans) and Adam Uhlich, who farmed south of Drake, in Sheridan County. Esther was baptized and confirmed at Sts. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, just one mile west of their family farm. She attended Gransville Country School. Esther trusted in Jesus and knew his death on the cross paid the penalty for her sins.
As a young lady, Esther worked at the cafe in Drake and later as a waitress at a Minot cafe. She married Olan Everson on Jan. 23, 1944, in Seattle. They lived in Washington, where Esther worked for Boeing. They later moved to Milwaukie, Ore., where she worked for Precision Cast Parts, starting her career as a grinder for the grand sum of $1.30 per hour. She advanced to the X-ray department and became a certified "A" operator. In her 40-year employment at Precision Cast Parts, Esther received several awards for her outstanding workmanship. Everyone she worked with loved and respected her. She was fun to be around and took interest in others, always having room at her table for one more.
Esther's past-time pleasures were working in her yard, gardening, decorating her home, and spending time with friends. She always enjoyed children, even though she had none of her own. Esther loved animals and had many pets over the years.
After the death of her husband, Olan, Esther moved to North Dakota in 2011 and resided at Edgewood Vista Memory Care in Bismarck. She later moved to Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center memory care unit where she lived until her death. Esther was very appreciative of the high quality of care and kindness she received from the staff there.
Even though Esther lived in the Portland, Ore., area for nearly 70 years, she always talked much about her family. She thought very much of her hardworking and kind parents and loved her brothers and sisters very much. Many times she would remark that God could not have ever given her better parents; she felt very blessed. Even in times when the family lived with very little, she felt they had much.
Esther is survived by her sister, Helen Rieniets of Drake; her sister-in-law, Maxine Uhlich of Mohall; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are her parents; her brothers, John, Art, Albert, Jacob, David, and Daniel Uhlich; her sisters, Eva Grosz and Marie Michelson; and an infant sister.
Memorials are preferred to Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001 or toll-free 1-866-232-8484.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and burial will be in the spring of 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Drake.
Go to (www.eastgatefuneral.com) to share memories of Esther and to sign the online guestbook.