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Esther Mitchell

Esther Mitchell

March 14, 1920-Jan. 21, 2014

Esther Mitchell passed away January 21, 2014 at the age of 93 at the Frazee Care Center with her children by her side.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at the Frazee Care Center, and continuing from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Frazee, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

Lunch will be served following the services for all to attend. To leave online condolences, please visit

Esther was born March 14, 1920 to Louis and Ella Johnson in Huron, S.D. She moved with her family to what Esther lovingly called the Golden Ridge Addition of Fargo, where she grew up and received her education. Her family later moved to rural Ogema, where Esther helped her mother with her eight brothers and sisters.

Esther married Merle Mitchell on February 28, 1949 in Callaway. Esther and Merle lived and raised their family in Frazee. Merle died May 1, 1980.

Esther was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, and an active member for many years in the LWML.

Esther enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, crocheting, reading and doing the crossword puzzle in her daily paper.

Most of all, she enjoyed her family, especially being able to host her children and grandchildren in her home for holiday meals, until she moved to the Care Center in 2012.

Surviving Esther are her daughter, Beverly Mitchell of Frazee; her two sons: Gerald (Audrey) of Frazee and Dennis (Karen) of Perham; six grandchildren, Chad (Trescha) Mitchell, Jeremy (Heather) Mitchell, Denelle (Mike) Baumgart, Joshua Mitchell, Justin (Sara) Mitchell and Jared Mitchell; five great grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Braun and Ardyce (Gene) Schouviller, both of Detroit Lakes; two brothers, Ray Kenny (Ellen) Johnson of Detroit Lakes and Leland Johnson of Waukesha, Wis.; along with many nieces, nephews and two sisters-in-law, Irene Johnson of Detroit Lakes and Trudy Mitchell of Fargo.

Preceding Esther in death were her husband, Merle; granddaughter, Alisa Mitchell; brothers, Erwin, Merl and Gordon Johnson; and sister, Fern Thompson.