Esther Eileen MCFADYEN
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MCFADYEN, Esther Eileen (nee Akister)
January 14, 1920 – October 3, 2017
Mom passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband Clarence and daughter Lucile Pidwerbesky. Mom was the fifth of eight children born to Roxie and Irving Akister. She grew up on the family homestead near Tuberose, SK. She rode to school in horse and cart with her siblings, helped deliver milk, enjoyed sports and was involved in all aspects of family farming. After graduating from high school and Normal School Mom went on to teach in several one-room country schools. While teaching in Asquith she met and married her husband of 62 years, Clarence McFadyen. Together they farmed and raised six children with the core values of love and family first. Her legacy is her unconditional love for her children; she was always there for us no matter what. She taught us to sing, dance, love life and there is always room for one more around the table. Mom's greatest joy was her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. At family gatherings, when you couldn't find her, you just looked for the grandchildren. With great patience, she taught them all to play canasta. Mom had a passion for quilting, life-long learning, playing piano and violin, dancing and gardening. Whether it was working in the garden, picking fruit, riding around on the lawn mower or leaving water for "her birds", her favourite place to be was at the farm. Left to celebrate her life and cherish her memory are: son-in- law John Pidwerbesky, Wendy (Ray) Hudon, Darrell (Ferne) McFadyen, Marion (Henri) Loiselle, Elva (Maurice) Akister, Shirley (Ron) Keller, as well as 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Mom's caregiver and companion of the past three years, Gaynor Quindao. You cared for Mom with such love and compassion. We truly appreciate your contribution! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saskatoon Cancer Agency, 20 Campus Drive, Saskatoon Sk. S7N 4H4. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Saskatoon Funeral Home, 338 4th Ave N, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Condolences for the family may be left at Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME(306) 244-5577

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Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2017.
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December 15, 2017
Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11
October 28, 2017
I only knew you for a short time but I cherish the memory. You were a great teacher.
Ellen Hildebrand
October 25, 2017
A belated message of sympathy to all of the McFadyen family. I have very fond childhood memories of your Mom. I remember her being so soft spoken, gracious and gentle; with all of us around there was lots of chaos. I remember playing with the girls at your farm and then all of the mothers and kids having wiener roasts while Dad's were farming. What a blessing to have her for so many years. My thoughts are with all of you,
Linda Mae (MacMillan) Hoskin
October 9, 2017
Our sympathies to all in the family. Wish I could be with you at her funeral. Have many good memories of you beautiful mother.
Len and Jean Seymour
October 8, 2017
My love and sincere sympathy to the whole family. I was very sad to hear Auntie Esther had passed away. She was a beautiful lady inside and out and she had a way of making everyone she touched feel special. I am sure that is a lesson she took from Grandpa Akister's book of love. I am thinking of you all.
Pam (Akister) Richardson
October 8, 2017
We want to express of deepest condolences at the passing of your dear mother. We have amazing memories of your parents as they were some of our biggest supporters and encouragers here at The Barn Playhouse. It was also my privilege to rub away the stresses of hard work in a standing appointment every other Tuesday for years, while we talked about their wonderful family. Esther would often bring me a jar of her delicious preserves. What a wonderful kind women as she mentored those around her ( and I was one of them )
Jane Friesen and all of us at The Barn Playhouse
October 7, 2017
Auntie Marion, Uncle Henri & Family:
John & Family:
Wendy, Ray & Family:
Darrell, Ferne & Family:
Elva, Maurice & Family:
Shirley, Ron & Family:

We have a grape tree and Grandma Mac would always ask about it - I picked the remaining grapes on Thursday - with each bundle I thought of her even more.

Take care.
Lynne (Perreault) & Laurent Desnoyers
Laurent & Lynne Desnoyers
October 6, 2017
We wish to express our sincere condolences to all the families. May all your wonderful memories live on. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Walter, Vi Miller And all the Family
October 5, 2017
To a lll families .We extend our deepest sympathy. our thoughts are with you all
Ray and Doreen Perreault
October 5, 2017
Your mother was a teacher of mine at Bainsville school in Gr.8. She was greatly loved. Also she named her daughter Elva after me & also came to my wedding in 1958. We also visited her at the farm. Many fond memories. I was Elva Mantie when I was at school. My deepest sympathy to All of you. Elva Crawford
Elva Crawford
October 5, 2017
To all the McFadyen family our sincere condolences
Gord & Marg Davidson
October 5, 2017
So Sorry for your loss of Aunt Esther. Was very glad to be able to see some of the family at my mom's funeral.
Richard Akister
October 5, 2017
Our most heartfelt condolences and a loss felt deeply by all of us who knew her. Truly a life well lived. She was our teacher and in many ways shaped our way forward in life. For this we are forever grateful. You loss is shared by so many who were blessed knowing this remarkable lady.
Ken Ziegler
October 5, 2017
My condolences to the McFadyen family. Esther was my teacher at Star View. I reflect on those days now with special remembrance of a lady who taught and cared for a community of children as if they were her own. I am happy that I was able to connect with Esther and those of her children that attended the Star View Reunion.
Alana Ziegler
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