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Esther Whitehouse



Esther Janette Olson Whitehouse, 89, died April 2, 2014 at her home in Goldendale, Washington.

Beloved wife and mother, born November 10, 1924 in Kelso, Washington, fifth of nine children of Oscar Elmer Olson, Sr. and Grace Sophia McGuffin Olson. Called “Hezzie” by friends in the Brentwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, where she grew up, she attended Franklin High School until her senior year, graduating from Portland Union Academy in 1942.

After contributing to the World War Two effort as a welder in the Portland Liberty Ship construction project, she went on to attend Walla Walla College where she met and married Ivan John Whitehouse in 1947. They brought up five children in Portland, Oregon, before moving to Goldendale, Washington in 1971.

Her artistic talents included sewing, woodcarving, clay pottery, oil painting and the most beautiful flower garden imaginable. Her greatest talent, however, was the unconditional love she had for her children and husband.

Ivan John Whitehouse died December 20, 2013. She is survived by daughters Kathleen Janette Hudson, Carol Ann Opitz and Joanne Sophia McGuinness, sons Daniel John Whitehouse and Timothy Lee Whitehouse, nieces Linda Ball Miller, Nancy Grace Carver, Pamela Ekblad, nephews James Ball, Robert Ball, Ronald Ball, Robert Olson, David Olson and Stephen Olson, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A Memorial service for Esther and Ivan Whitehouse will be in Goldendale, Wash., on June 28, 2014.


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