HAVRE DAILY NEWS Tuesday, August 17, 2004


Edith Ekegren

CHOTEAU -- Longtime Harlem and Choteau resident Edith (Waters) Ekegren, 90, died of natural causes Saturday in Choteau.

Her memorial service is 1 p.m. Friday at Harlem Presbyterian Church, with burial of ashes in the Harlem Cemetery. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder Funeral Home of Choteau.

She is survived by a son, E.P. (Pete) Ekegren (and wife Carol) of Choteau and their children Craig Ekegren (and wife Sharla) of Chaska, Minn., Michelle Sheldon (and husband Scott) of Emporia, KS and Brent Ekegren of Kalispell; a son, Gary Ekegren (and wife Karen) of Missoula and their children Travis and Shane Ekegren, both of Missoula and Ashley (and husband John Pritchard) of Madison, Wis.; a sister, Phyllis Jean Oas of Winter Springs, Fla.; great-grandchildren Chad and Jenna Ekegren of Chaska, Minn., Kyla and Brock Sheldon of Emporia, Kan., and Jessica and Andrea Ekegren of Kalispell; and many nieces and nephews.

Edith was born in Tuscola, Ill., on June 23, 1914, the first born to Fred and Francis Waters. She moved with her family to Harlem in 1930 and attended Harlem High School before graduating from Havre High School in 1933.

Edith married her best friend, Elwell Ekegren, in Havre on June 29, 1935. They lived and worked in Harlem until 1964, at which time they moved to Choteau and purchased the John Deere Dealership there.

Upon his death in 1967, she moved back to her "hometown", where they had shared so many great times and remained there until 1988. At this time, she moved to Choteau and became a resident first at Skyline Lodge Retirement Home, and then the Teton Nursing Home, where she received the most tender loving care possible.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwell in 1967; her parents; a sister, Peggy Glidden and a brother, Bob Waters.

Edith was a member of the Harlem Presbyterian Church; the Order of the Eastern Star and The Lucky Thirteen Club, both in Harlem.

Edith devoted her existence to her husband and her family. She had a plethora of friends and especially connected with young people. Her purpose in life was to please, and she had an expressive personality and helped whomever she could. She was an excellent cook and created a home that was inviting and welcome to all. She experienced the difficult times of the Great Depression, which encouraged her philosophy of "We are so fortunate to have our health and each other, and money doesn't matter. We really are rich."

At the family's request, no flowers or gifts please. If you wish to make a memorial contribution, please make it to the Teton Nursing Home in Choteau or a charity of your choice.