Aline Pratt Kesterson, 90, of Twin Falls, Idaho, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 24, 2002, at Bridgeview Estates.
Visitations will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pastor Lura Kidner-Miesen of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Vault interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Aline was born on Sept. 19, 1911, at Greenfield Tenn. She married Luther Kesterson in Poteau, Okla., and they lived their early married years in Muse, Okla. Aline’s job was being a housewife and raising their two daughters, Norma Sue Griffith and Janice Faye Henderson. After their daughters were grown, she worked as fill-in at the school cafeterias in Halfway. She was also a child care provider in Baker City.
Their daughter, Norma Sue Kesterson Griffith, was born in Muse, Okla. In 1942, Luther, Aline and family moved to Wright City, Okla., where Luther worked as a saw filer. Their daughter, Janice Faye Kesterson Henderson, was born there.
Aline and Luther moved to Pondosa where Luther worked as saw filer; the family lived there for several years until the mill at Pondosa closed down. Aline so enjoyed Pondosa because it was a wonderful community.
Aline moved with Luther to Halfway where Luther worked as a head saw filer at the mill in Halfway until his retirement. Luther and Aline retired in Baker City and lived there from 1970 to 1996. Aline had a great love for Baker City.
In May 1996, Luther and Aline moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, to be near their daughter, Janice Henderson. February 2000, Luther and Aline moved to Bridgeview Estates Assisted Living after living with their daughter for about four years. Luther died April 13, 2000. Aline adjusted to life without Luther, but never got over missing him.
Aline enjoyed going fishing with Luther and one of their favorite places was up toward Cornucopia, above Halfway. They did some camping along with their fishing with their good friends and Aline’s sister, Opal, and brother-in-law, Henry. Aline loved playing card games and Aggravation with their Baker City friends.
Aline also enjoyed groups at Bridgeview including Exercise Class, Current Events, and she was a regular at the bingo games. Aline was active in the Methodist Church while living in Baker City and she attended church while living in Twin Falls at the Twin Falls Reformed Church. She also enjoyed attending Sun Shine Circle. She had some lovely friends while living at Bridgeview.
Aline was a wonderful mother and wife and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Cooper Pratt; her mother, Mary Aletta Patterson Pratt; a brother, Robert Pratt; sisters, Lillian Pratt, Ruby Lynn McCadams and Opal Bowling; brother-in-law, Fred Kesterson; and her husband of 64 years, Luther Albert Kesterson.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Paul Griffith of Renton, Wash., and Janice and David Henderson of Twin Falls, Idaho; sister-in-law, Ethel Fagan; six grandchildren, Karen Aline Bakken, Janet Frampton, Kelly Griffith, Marcie Dawn Bennett, Arnold Wright Mason III, and Ramona Aline Henderson; nine great -grandchildren, Jennifer Bennett, R.J. Bennett, Kyle Bakken, Amanda Bakken, Adam George Griffith, Nicole Griffith, Nathaniel Frampton, Eleanor Louise Frampton and Madelyn Frampton; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions made be made to the United Methodist Church in Baker City; Twin Falls Reformed Church, Twin Falls, Idaho; or Hospice Visions Inc. of Twin Falls, Idaho, through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 1, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor