Homer Alaska - Obituaries

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Lois Esther French


Lois Esther French

Jan. 21, 1933-Dec. 17, 2011

Longtime Homer resident Lois Esther French, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in Palmer, at the age of 78 after her battle with cancer.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Dec. 21, 2011, at the Hickerson Cemetery in Homer.

Born in a log cabin near Sonnett, Mont., on Jan. 21, 1933, to Lovell and Blanche Surgeon, Lois moved to Oregon at the age of 3. She graduated from Madras Union High School where she played basketball and dreamed of being an X-ray technician. In the spring of her senior year, her dreams changed when she met the love of her life, Donald French, and was married later that summer. In Madras, they raised goats as well as three lovely daughters.

Don and Esther moved to Alaska in 1976 in search of more freedom and homesteaded their East End Road home in Homer in which they both lived until their deaths. She worked at the post office and helped with her husband's business as well as volunteer work throughout Homer. She was an avid crocheter and seamstress and loved her books, puzzles, and blue country geese. She was known throughout the area as the "Lego Lady" for her collection of Legos that would, to the delight of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sometimes take up a whole room in the house that she and her husband built together.

"She will be remembered for her love for Jesus, her strong voice singing hymns in church, chasing her great-grandkids around the house with her three-horned thumper, wrestling her grandsons to the ground, beating everyone at Rumikub, digging clams and picking raspberries with family, six-week muffins, and the many memories made visiting Grandma French's house in Homer," her grandchildren said.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Donald, and her sister and two brothers. She is survived by her youngest brother Tim Surgeon of Madras, Ore., and her daughters and their families, Lela and Ralph Lindquist, of Tok, Dawn and Duane Guisinger of Wasilla, and Joy and Aid Beshay of Salem, Ore., as well as 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, condolences can be sent to her family at P.O Box 600, Palmer, AK 99645. Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.