Esther Scanson


Esther Scanson, age 91, of Grace City, ND, died Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, ND.

Esther Pauline Grafsgaard was born on June 29, 1922, the daughter of Alfred and Anna Marie (Pederson) Grafsgaard at McHenry, ND. She was raised and attended country school and graduated High School in McHenry. Esther worked for neighbors during the summers.

On November 9, 1941, Esther was united in marriage to Odes Scanson at McHenry Lutheran Church in McHenry. They farmed in the Grace City area. Odes died January 4, 1998. She lived on the farm until 2006 and then moved into Grace City. Esther has resided at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford since May 2013.

She was a member of Grace City United Methodist Church, Grace City Senior Citizens Club (site manager), and Grace City U.M.W. Esther worked at the School House Café in Grace City in various capacities.

Esther is survived by two sons, Rev. Arthur (Lorraine) Scanson, Bismarck, and Alan (Janet) Scanson, Grace City, and ND; two daughters, Dianna David, Milwaukee OR, and Sheila Scanson, Custer, SD; six grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren and four great great step grandchildren .

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and daughter, Barbara Jean, one brother Art Grafsgaard, one sister Norma Odland.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials to charity of your choice.


PRAYER SERVICE: Friday at 7PM, Evans Funeral Home, Cgtn

FUNERAL SERVICE: Calvary Baptist Church, Carrington, ND

DATE AND TIME: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

INTERMENT: Grace City Cemetery, Grace City, ND, Saturday at 1:30 PM

Posted Condolences:

Name: Sharon Anderson Streyle

Date: 09/06/2013

Message: I just recently heard about Esther's passing and want to send my condolences to her family. Esther was a wonderful lady, so kind, good, serving the community in so many ways. I'm so sorry to hear of her death, but I know you have many happy memories of her and her many contributions to the whole community. Art and Allan, my prayers go out to you and your sisters. She will be greatly missed.

Sharon Streyle (Anderson)


Name: Jim & Wilma Nicholson

Date: 08/31/13

Message: Dear Art , Lorraine & family, we are sorry to hear about Gma Esther. She was such a special lady. I know you have many precious memories.


Name: Lori Broschat

Date: 08/29/2013

Message: Art and family, so sorry to hear of Esther's passing. She was quite a lady and also so very proud of her community and her church. She will be missed.


Name: Linda & Jerry Suko

Date: 8/29/13

Message: Art and family: so sorry for the loss of your Mother. You were blessed to have had her for so long and I'm sure will always have wonderful memories. God bless you all.


Name: Pam Pfaff

Date: 8/29/13

Message: Art and family - sorry to hear about your mother. You had so many wonderful years together. What a blessing. May the Lord give you comfort at this time. Wayne and Pam Pfaff (Kim Olson's parents from McCabe)


Name: Delores Rath

Date: 8/28/13

Message: Shelia so sorry in the loss of your mother Delores


Name: Betty Westby

Date: 8-29-13

Message: Cousin Esther will be missed! She was a lovely, Christian lady; who was fun, "feisty" and sweet. My sympathy to all her children and grandchildren. Betty


Name: Daniel Skanson

Date: Aug. 28, 2013

Message: I am the Minnesota Skanson. We have been to a couple Scanson reunions in ND. Esther was always so kind to us when we didn't know many of the ND Scansons. My wife(Bonnie) and I feel know Art and Lorraine of Bismark. We hope to be able to attend some of your family reunions again in the future. My condolence to all the Scansons.


Name: Nancy McDaniel Hogue

Message: So sorry. Sure enjoyed her the last time we were up there. So many memories of time with all of you and farm activities.