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Date: March 3rd, 2018


On June 5th, 1926, Esther Olga was born on the family farm home near Viscount, SK, to a Norwegian couple, Anton and Thea Sollid. Theirs was a home where Bible reading and prayer was an integral part of each day. This was a busy household, with Esther’s seven beloved siblings all at home: Conrad, Lawrence, Orvid, Ruth, Ken, Art, Esther, and Phil. Esther quickly learned to be mother’s helper in the kitchen or anywhere else needed.


Bethania Lutheran Church, the family’s church home, was one mile across the field from the Sollid farmstead, but the Sollid children’s Logan School was three miles away. Walking to school provided plenty of phys. ed. exercise. In the 1930s a dollar bill was major currency, so rather than going out, entertainment was homegrown.

After Esther finished Logan School she was employed by various farm homes in the area. In the fall of 1946 Esther, sister Ruth, and future sister-in-law, Arna Njaa, went out to Vancouver to seek employment and get away from a “Saskatchewan winter.” In 1947 Esther enrolled in a LPN nursing course in Saskatoon, graduating on June 4, 1948. Esther went to work at the hospital in Langenburg for a brief time, then to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Estevan, and later to Regina, nursing at Regina General. In 1955 Esther returned to her home area, taking a job in the newly built University Hospital in Saskatoon, working in the emergency department.

In June 1950 there was a week of Lutheran Evangelistic Movement (LEM) evangelism meetings conducted by Pastor Nils Peterson at St. John’s Lutheran, the Danielson’s home church, north of Viscount. Some families from Bethania also attended those meetings, including the Haugruds and Sollids. As a result, a number of people experienced God’s salvation and grace at this time, including Allan. At one of these services, Esther’s dad, Anton, had been asked to pray. Hearing Anton speak directly to God had an immeasurable impact on Allan, who realized that any path to God without true confession and dependence on Christ’s intercession would be in vain. This was an invaluable foundation for Allan’s life, and for his married life with Esther.

These services led to further interaction between the churches, including a Youth Fellowship group, through which Esther and Allan became acquainted. This friendship blossomed into love and they were married on June 4th, 1960, where, as the saying goes, “they lived happily ever after” for almost 58 years. Esther’s birthday was June 5th, which reduced the chance of forgetting an anniversary.

Children Joanne Linnea, Dianne Karin, and Duane Winton were raised on the Danielson family farm near Meacham, SK. Wonderful memories of being a farm wife, mom, gardener, cook, baker, canner, farm hand, hard worker and caregiver for Esther’s mom, Thea, who lived with us on the farm for much of eleven years, filled those years, along with church in Viscount and Carlson and Sollid family gatherings.

After living on the farm for fifteen years, Al and Esther joined the exodus of people from rural areas to the city. Farms were getting larger with bigger and more expensive equipment. Small town and schools were in decline and their children had more opportunity for school and church activities in Saskatoon. All three of them earned a university degree while living at home. Allan procured work at the University of Saskatchewan in the Animal Science department in the Stone Barn on campus, doing what he liked best – working with cattle and calves. Esther was able to put on her nurse’s cap again, working at Sherbrooke Community Centre for eleven years. She thoroughly enjoyed the comradery of staff members and had the privilege of caring for the lovely residents until her retirement in 1991.

Esther’s caregiving continued, though, by loving and caring for her husband and family, their twelve dear grandchildren as well as for the children of their pastors’
families whenever needed. Esther also showed caring for family and friends
through her hospitality, always welcoming visitors with an offer of a cup of coffee, lefse or her famous butter tarts.

Esther lived in their home and was cared for by Allan, who was true to his wedding vow of “love, honour, and cherish, ‘till death do us part,” until being admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose two weeks before she died. Dad / Grandpa – you have been an incredible example of unfailing love and commitment to your bride! Thank you! We love you! xoxo We are also grateful for the kind and compassionate care given to Esther / Mom / Grandma by Dr. Valerie Smith and Dr. Kevyn Letley over the past years.

Esther is lovingly remembered by her husband, Allan; her daughters, Joanne (Geoff) Linden, Andrew and Christopher; Dianne (Ronald) Engen, Haley, Maren, Celia, Elin, Jesse and Silas; and her son, Duane (Heather), Jemma, Siri, Nathan (to carry on the family name), and Kalle; her brother, Phil (Gladie) Sollid; her sister-in-law, Arna Sollid, and many nephews and nieces. Esther was predeceased by her parents, Anton and Thea Sollid; sister, Ruth (Ben, Maynard) Olson; brothers, Conrad (Gunda, Ruby), Lawrence (Adeline), Orvid, Ken (Ella), and Art (Ruth); and In-laws, Joseph and Cecilia Danielson.

At this time, one thinks of Proverbs 31:10 KJV – “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Love, from her husband, children, and grandchildren. We pray that we will all meet again; some sooner, some later, in the heavenly realm.


A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Camrose. 


Memorial donations may be made to CLBI or World Mission Prayer League.

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