Esther H. Mathews, 97, died Nov. 27, 2007, of natural causes at the Alta Ridge Assisted Living Home in Sandy, Utah.
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Esther was born Oct. 10, 1910, in Glendive to Arthur and Martha Sime. The family homesteaded on McGuire Creek, west of Circle, and Esther attended the McGuire School with her two brothers, Art and Ralph. When she was 16, the family moved to Manhattan, where Esther graduated from high school.
After high school, Esther enrolled in the nursing program at Montana State College in Bozeman, and she remained in the nursing profession after graduation until she retired in the mid-1960s. While in training, she met Jeff Mathews, an agricultural education major from Dillon, and after a year-long courtship they were married in Livingston, July 10, 1935.
After the Mathews' two children, Douglas and Donna, were born, they moved to Denver, Colo., where they lived for three years. They moved back to Bozeman when Jeff, who was working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was assigned to the Middle East during World War II. Esther continued with her nursing career, and specialized in private duty nursing until her retirement. In 1997 she moved to Sandy, Utah, to be closer to Donna and family. Her heart always remained in Bozeman and her beloved Montana.
Esther delighted in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She also cultivated an extended family consisting of neighbors, friends, and especially students at Montana State University who she would take under her wing. Even when her family was scattered over the country, her table was always filled for holiday meals.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, her husband Jeff, and her son Douglas.
Esther is survived by her daughter, Donna (Clayton) Landa of Sandy, Utah; daughter-in-law, Rita Mathews of Edmonds, Wash.; grandchildren, Terri Williams of Charlotte, N.C., Kristy Landa of Sandy, Michael Landa of Savannah, Ga., Martin Landa of Green Bay, Wis., Bob Mathews of San Diego, Calif., Jeff Mathews of Edmonds, Wash., Kirk Mathews of Shoreline, Wash., and Kim Long of Skagway, Alaska; nephews, Russ and Garth Sime of Bozeman, and Bruce and Rick Lucas of Seattle, Wash.; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Bozeman at a later date, followed by inurnment in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2007