Esther Barrett

August 18, 2009

By Contributor

Esther Lourene Dilberg Bruce Hammond Barrett, formerly of Hobart, died Aug. 10, 2009. She was 90.Memorial services are pending.

Born Sept. 17, 1918, to immigrants from Denmark, Esther is the third daughter in a family of five girls and one boy. She grew up in Bothell and graduated from high school in 1937.

She met and married Donald Bruce in 1940; their daughter Donna was born in 1942. The family moved to rural Hobart in 1945 and Esther was a full-time housewife who sewed, cooked, carpentered, gardened, etc. She was active in Grange Lodge No. 1084 and the Parent-Teachers Association, where she held many leadership positions. When Don had a heart attack in 1955, Esther dusted off her typing and shorthand and went to work at The Boeing Co. to support the family.

Esther was widowed in April 1963. She remarried in November 1964 to Walter J. Hammond, the master/captain of the Bureau of Indian Affairs freight ship Northstar III. Esther visited him on several Alaska trips by traveling with bush pilots in the rugged north. She also returned to playing golf and became manager of the Tall Chief Golf Course at Snoqualmie.

Eventually, she decided to sell her house in Hobart, and move to Mesa, Ariz. She oversaw construction of her Mesa home in 1979 and remarried that same year, to Frank J. Barrett, a dedicated golfer. She was widowed in 1996.

Esther played golf several times a week, and organized groups of friends for lunch, dinner and other get-togethers. She lived independently until November 2007, when her daughter convinced her to move to Missoula, Mont., to be closer to family. Esther enjoyed the company of three Rhodesian ridgeback “grand-dogs” who came to visit and spend the day with her.

She is survived by her only daughter and son-in-law Donna and Bruce Hubbert, of Frenchtown, Mont.; her sister, Joyce Brower, of Centralia; and several stepchildren, nieces and nephews living in Washington, Arizona, Florida and Indiana.

Esther will be buried next to her husband, Donald Bruce at Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Hospice of Montana, 800 Kensington, Suite 24, Missoula, MT 59801.

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