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Edith Barstad

September 23, 1917 - October 25, 2013


Edith Barstad was born on a farm in Williams County, N.D. on Sept. 23, 1917. Her parents were Albert and Bertha (Brewer) Lee.by: SUBMITTED - Edith Barstad

She attended the first eight grades and three years of high school in country schools near home and graduated high school in Williston, N.D. in 1934.

Edith entered nursing school in Williston in 1937 and graduated in 1940. She first met Chester Barstad when he was a patient there. Chet moved to Seattle and Edith went to Long Beach, Calif., from nursing school to work at a hospital until she entered the Army in 1943. She was stationed at an Army hospital in Spokane. She met Chet again while on leave to North Dakota and a few months later they were married in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Shortly after, Edith was sent overseas to Italy and assigned to an evacuation hospital which was moved often to be closer to the front lines. The war in Europe ended in 1945 and she was sent to the Philippines to a station hospital, then shortly after discharged.

She and Chet then moved to Lawrence, Kan., where they ran a restaurant and Richard was born in 1947. They went back to Williston and Diane was born there in 1950. After her mom died, she took Richard and Diane on a train out to California to rejoin Chet. Ronald was born in Long Beach in 1956. In 1961 the family moved to Oregon where she worked for 20 years at Salem State Hospital and Dammasch Hospital before retiring in 1979.

After retirement, she and Chet spent winters in Yuma, Ariz., and summers in Woodburn. Chet passed away in 1995. They were married for 51 years. Edith remained in Woodburn until 2012.

Edith is survived by her three children, Richard (Patty) Barstad, Diane Held and Ron Barstad, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel, Woodburn. Private interment at Belle Passi Cemetery, Woodburn.

Family would like to thank Davenport House and Mid-Willamette Valley Hospice for all their mother’s care.

Arrangements by Simon-Cornwell Colonial Chapel, Woodburn.