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Margaret Kester

July 20, 1919-Oct. 4, 2012

October 6, 2012
Minot Daily News

Margaret Evelyn Kester, 93, of Grand Forks, N.D., died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks.

Margaret Evelyn (Strang) Kester was born in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, on July 20, 1919. She was educated in Dauphin and then attended Normal School in Brandon, Manitoba. She taught near Dauphin from 1939-1942.

On Dec. 31, 1942, in Montreal, she married Norman McDonald Kester, a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Upon his discharge they lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while Norman attended Manitoba Medical College. They moved to Wawanesa, Manitoba, where they lived until 1966, when Norman was injured in an air craft accident.

In 1967, they moved to North Dakota, where subsequently they lived in Dunseith, San Haven State Hospital, Kenmare, Cavalier, Cooperstown and Turtle Lake, where Norman worked as a physician. In 1981, they moved to Grand Forks, where Evelyn resided until her death. Norman passed away in May of 2000.

She was a member of The United Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church in the USA, the PEO Sisterhood, the Grand Forks City Duplicate Bridge Club and several other bridge clubs.

Evelyn and Norman raised a family of six children, Norma McCormick, James Kester, Joyce Depoe, Susan Imbrock, Neil Kester and Bruce Kester ( three boys and three girls). They also had 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her family, she is survived by her sister, Jean Redston, of Winnipeg; and brother, James Strang, of Richmond, B.C., Canada.

Memorial service: Will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 5555 Washington St., Grand Forks.

Visitation: Will be one hour before the service in the church.

Inurnment will take place in Canada.

An online guest register may be signed at (

(Amundson Funeral Home, Grand Forks)



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