Esther Matilda Cecil Pedersen passed from this life on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Evergreen Care Center in Owasso, Okla. She was 86 years of age. Graveside services for Esther will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Neb., with Pastor Tim Eighmy of Messiah Lutheran Church in North Platte, Neb., officiating.
Esther was born in Saskatoon, Canada, to Fredrick Jackson and Bertha Matilda (Smith) Moffitt on March 6, 1928. She was raised in Hemingford, Neb., graduating from Hemingford HS with the class of 1947.
On July 25, 1947, Esther and William Earl Pedersen were united in marriage. During their married life, they resided in Lincoln, Neb., before moving to Guernsey, Wyo. They later resided in Bridgeport, Neb.; Curtis, Neb.; Sterling; and finally Ogallala, Neb.; before moving to Owasso in September of 1999. Mr. Pedersen preceded her in death on June 24, 1992.
A lifelong Lutheran, she was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church, Owasso, and was active in the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends.
Those that survive include her sons, William "Bill" Pedersen of Camano Island, Wash., and Dwight Pedersen of Owasso. Also surviving are grandchildren, Diana Pedersen, David Pedersen and Desiree Smith; and a sister, Florence Fox of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Besides her husband, Esther was preceded by her parents; sisters, Leona Gatiant, Loretta Keenan and Evelyn Osborn; as well as two grandchildren, William and Victoria Pedersen.
Arrangements and services have been entrusted to the Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso, Okla., moweryfs.com.