Esther (Behm) Pewitt

Thursday, March 25, 2021
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On March 15, 2021, Esther (Behm) Pewitt was lifted out of her wheelchair and transported to heaven in the arms of the Lord.

Esther was born in Tacoma, Washington, on December 26, 1925 to Henry and Katherine (Thiel) Behm, and joined two older siblings. The family then moved to Laurel, Montana, which became their permanent home.

At the age of five, Esther contracted polio. Her doctor informed her parents that she would not live to be older than thirteen years old. However, she defied the experts and celebrated her 95th birthday on December 26, 2020!

On September 19, 1948, Esther married Joseph Howard Pewitt in Laurel. To this union were born Patricia Irene and Barbara Aileen. Howard and Esther enjoyed 66 years of married life until Howard’s passing on February 6, 2015. Howard worked for the railroad for many years and Esther was a bookkeeper at J.C. Penney in Laurel. After the couple retired, they enjoyed camping, fishing, and sapphire hunting. Many beautiful pieces of jewelry were crafted from their sapphire hunts and became beautiful gifts.

Esther was an excellent cook and made the best pies as well as chocolate chip and Snickerdoodle cookies, which she loved to share with others. She loved playing bridge and pinochle and made many lifelong friends. She loved spending time with her family and never forgot an anniversary or birthday.

Following the loss of her beloved Howard, she was determined to remain independent in her own home. In spite of being in a wheelchair and experiencing reduced hearing and vision from two strokes, she stayed in her own home and maintained it beautifully until her death. Esther was an incredibly strong and courageous woman who was loved by all those knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard, sister Clara (Behm) Getz, brother Robert Behm, and numerous relatives and friends. She is survived by daughters, Patricia “Patti” Denson (Tim) and Barbara Pewitt; granddaughters Alisia (Dee) Teter and Miranda (Allen) Perkins; grandsons Gregory Amos and Tom Denson, as well as 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

A viewing was held on Thursday, March 18 and funeral services were on Friday, March 19 at Smith Funeral Chapel in Laurel.

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