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Information for Hester Evelyn Drew Gittins

23 September, 1901 - 18 December, 1993

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

20 December, 1993
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Hester Gittins

    Hester E. (Drew) Gittins, 92, of Wilder, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 1993, at a Homedale care center of natural causes.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1993, at the Wilder Cemetery.  Pastor Roy McConaughey of the Park Center Friends Church will officiate, under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.  Family and friends are asked to gather at the cemetery.
    Hester was born Sept. 23, 1901, in Salt Lake City City, Utah, to Charles Wiley Drew and Evalena May (Smith) Drew.  In 1908, Hester, her older sister, Doris, and her parents moved to an 80-acre parcel of land 1 1/2 miles southeast of Wilder where Mr. Drew began homesteading the property.  On Nov. 10, 1912, Hester's brother, Basil, was born completing the family.  Hester attended Wilder schools where she was one of the four members of the first graduating class of Wilder High School class of 1919. She was the last survivor of that class.
    Hester moved to Los Angeles, CA., in 1921, where she enrolled as a student to study the violin at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.  While in California, Hester met and married George W. Gittins in Los Angeles on Dec. 16, 1944.  They continued their married life in California where Mr. Gittins was a member of the Los Angeles Board of Education.
    While Mr. Gittins was pursuing his career, Hester was becoming very active in the Woman's Club of Hollywood, where she became its president from 1951-53, which at that time had a membership of 700.
    After the death of George in 1958, Mrs. Gittins moved back to Idaho and has since resided on a portion of the land that her father had originally homesteaded.  Since1960, she has been a member of the Idaho Historical Society, being identified .with both the Canyon County and the Owyhee County Historical groups, the Woman's Study Club of Wilder, the WI-HO Supper Club, the Wilder Old Timers' Picnic group and the Baptist Womens Missionary Society.  Hester's love of music was very much inspired by her mother, who had started an Oratorio many years ago and was completed by Hester recently.
    Mrs. Gittins was the only survivor of the original Drew family and is survived by Basil's wife, Arminda of Wilder and five children, Philip Drew of Nampa, Lida Rae Sweet of Nampa, Pam Kuns of Umatilla, Oregon, Kathy Sims of Meridian, and Becky Drew of Wilder; along with Doris Peden's four children, Arthur Penden of Nampa, June Christie of Homedale, Marjorie Willis of Emmett, and Gerald Peden of Riggins.
    Friends may call at the Dakan Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1993, from 4 to 8 p.m.
    The family suggests that memorials be made to the Wilder Quick Response Unit.

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