BACKUS — Esther Uecker, 80, of Backus, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Esther Vause was born April 16, 1931, in Whiteville, N.C., to Haynes and Liittie (Carter) Vause. She attended beauty school in Charlotte and married William Uecker June 22, 1952. In 1971, they moved to Backus where they lived and raised cattle.
Esther enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and traveling.
Esther was survived by her daughter, Janice Sorenson; granddaughter, Lisa Koons; grandson, Cody Sorenson; great-grandchildren, Zackary, Marshall, Brock, Shakota and Donovan; sister, Lou Lilly Gooden; brothers, Junior, Clayton, Eddie and James Vause; several nieces and nephews; her dogs, Sadie and Shelly; and cat, Prissy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; two brothers; a sister; and a close friend, Frank Paul.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Kline Funeral Home in Pine River. Interment will be in Camp Ripley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service all at the Kline Funeral Home.