Esther Adair (Mom) peacefully left us to be with God on the morning of Sunday, June 29, 2009. Mom was born on August 9, 1925 on the Norman Family farm in the Spruce Coulee district east of Donalda. She was the fifth of nine children born to Marta and Gustav Norman. Mom took her schooling at the Spruce Coulee School; she excelled as a student being able to skip two grades. All through her life Mom loved to learn, always staying current with world affairs and the community around her. She was always extremely proud of her Swedish heritage. On October 11, 1947 Mom married James Robert Adair making their home one half mile west of her childhood home. Together they raised eleven children, six girls and five boys. She loved children and the coming of each child, grandchild and great grandchild brought a special joy. Mom always worked very hard caring for her family; yet time spent visiting with family and friends was also very important. Some of our fondest memories are of when she gathered us together to read to us, play games and even shell peas. No amount of noise or commotion was ever too much, her patience was endless, and she hummed or sang through it all. Mom always thought of others, before herself and found the good in all people and made the best of all situations. She was great for welcoming new people to the community, making care packages for the bachelors, never going anywhere empty handed and volunteering countless hours. For many years she cooked at the Stettler County Outdoor Lab Camp at Bar Harbour, canvassing for cancer, enumerated, worked at the election polls, was associated with the F.C.S.S., member of the Lutheran Stephen Ministries, served on the Home and School executive, was a member of the Donalda Museum Society, volunteered at Superfluity in Stettler and was a member of the Spruce Coulee Ladies Aid since her teens. Esther was baptized and confirmed into the Sharon Lutheran Church in Donalda. Mom’s church was always very dear to her heart and we all attended as children. She taught Sunday school, was a member of EWL, cooked at the Lutheran Bible Camp and made numerous quilts and care packages for the less fortunate. It broke Mom’s heart to think that a child would grow up without their parents and was a firm believer and supporter of the Bethany Home for Children at Gwynn, Alberta. In 1992 Mom and Dad moved from their farm to Donalda where they resided until their move to Heart Haven Lodge in Stettler in 2007. In the fall of 2008 Mom’s health started to decline and in 2009 was moved to the Pine Ridge Home, where she passed away, leaving behind her husband Jim Adair of Stettler; 6 daughters: Carol Peterson of Fort Saskatchewan, Catharine McKnight of Leduc, Melody (Dale) Kent of Halkirk, Merry (Randy) Archibald of Rosalind, Corinne Nattestad (Reno) of Stettler, Holly Adair (Darrell) of Calgary; 5 sons: Ward (Patricia) of Ardrossan, Reg (Janet) of Fort McMurray, Mike (Barb) of Rosalind, Wilf(Deb) of Tofield, Frank (Kim) of Stettler; 23 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; 9 step great grandchildren; 3 sisters: Alma Schultz, Evelyn (Ken) Pfeiffer, Sylvia (Alan) Jones, numerous other family members and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Marta and Gus Norman; sisters Bertha and Vivian; brothers Evert, Albert (Dagny), and Leo; grandson Jeremy Kent; son in law Marius Peterson; nieces Arleen Jacobson and Teresa Wood; and other family members. Funeral services were held at Sharon Lutheran Church, Donalda on Friday, July 3, 2009 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Rick Laurendeau officiating. Pianist and soloist was Susan Dahl. Reg Adair gave a loving tribute of his mother to all those in attendance; as well as reading the scriptures. Pallbearers were Rodney Norman, Dwayne Norman, Deryl Norman, Dennis Helfer, Fraser Beebe and Wayne Komishke. Interment took place at Spruce Coulee Cemetery. Family and friends gathered at the Donalda Community Hall for a time of fellowship and a light lunch prepared and served by the Spruce Coulee Ladies Aid and the ladies of the community. Memorial donations may be made to the Sharon Lutheran Church, Spruce Coulee Community Club and the Bethany Home for Children or charity of your own choice. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium
403-742-3422, entrusted with the care and arrangements.