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Esther Olive Boesen

October 9th, 1914 - April 17th, 2012

Esther O. Boesen, 97, of Nampa passed away peacefully in the company of family on Tuesday April 17, 2012, at Life Care Center of Treasure Valley. Esther was born in Boelus, Nebraska, to Dorsey and Emma Stolley Coons. As a young girl she attended Ebenezer Methodist Church, an old German Methodist Church. She continued to be active in the Methodist Church her entire life. She married Kermit Boesen October 28, 1938, in Boelus, NE. Her oldest son Dennis was born on the homestead where Kermit was born. They moved to Grand Island, NE, where their youngest son James was born. Esther enjoyed square dancing when Kermit played fiddle at local dances. After moving to Idaho, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Janis. In the years that followed they farmed near Nampa, operated a hardware store in Notus and then farmed nearby, and were active in the Notus community before making their home in Nampa in 1966. She was an excellent cook who made fabulous fruit pies and breads, especially cinnamon-raisin bread and rye bread. Her fruit pies were very popular auction items at Nampa First United Methodist Church bazaars. She enjoyed playing cards of any sort with her many friends in Nampa and Caldwell. Esther worked for the Nampa school district for several years, at the Migrant Education Resource Center, for the Canyon County Sherriff’s Office, and Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel. She also volunteered for the Nampa Civic Center and other Nampa community charities. Esther was preceded in death by Kermit in 1972, her sister Vera in 1986 and her son James in 1994. She is survived by her son Dennis and his wife Betsy of Albuquerque, NM, her daughter Janis and her husband Mike Reed, of Boise, granddaughters Stacy Purcell and Jennifer Reed, grandsons Tom and Chris, and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church, 2717 12th Avenue Road, Nampa. Private inurnment will be at Kohlerlawn Cemetery, Nampa. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, Nampa, a Hospice organization, or a favorite charity. Condolences can be made online at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com . Service Information

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