Esther Louise Knaub, 98, of Billings, Montana, passed away on March 28, 2021, at St. John’s United of natural causes. She was born August 29, 1922, in Windsor, North Dakota, to Oscar B. and Josephine M. (Goodroad) Olson. She was the 6th child born within a family of eleven. She moved to Worden, Montana in 1936 where she met and married Phillip Knaub on March 9, 1938.
To plant a memorial tree in honor of Esther Louise Knaub (Olson), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
Knowing the value of and willing to work hard, she found employment within the Rex Laundromat, Hager Egg Farm, Shepherd School District, and home cleaning services.
Esther’s greatest achievement and love was by far her family. In a small community, Phillip & Esther raised a family of 2 sons and 4 daughters. In subsequent years, family grew and grew. However, she still found ways to make everyone feel special. Many were fortunate to enjoy her home cooked meals, taste delicious home-baked goodies, play a round of pinochle, cards or games, share a light-hearted story, or receive a card in the mail.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phillip; 4 children Janet Hayman, Raymond, Donna Hill, Geraldine Ketterling; and 10 siblings. She is survived by her daughter Marlene (Phil) Fenwick of Billings, Montana; son Roger of Billings, Montana; and numerous grandchildren and great -grandchildren.
Our heartfelt thank-you’s to the staff at St. John’s Hospice for their compassionate and thoughtful care.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, April 2nd at the Downtown Smith Funeral Chapel in Billings with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Gather with family & friends in celebrating her life during a reception at the VFW Post 1634 located at 637 Anchor Street at 2:30pm.