Esther Gene Dockstader Eden September 4, 1938 - November 20, 2021

Esther Gene Dockstader Eden, our beautiful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away November 20, 2021, in Spanish Fork, Utah, at the age of 83.  After 40 years of being apart, she is now reunited with her beloved husband, Nate.

Esther was born September 4, 1939, in Payson, Utah, to Verl Eugene Dockstader and Lenereaux Holman Dockstader. She was the oldest child in a family of seven children.

June 26, 1956, she married the love of her life, Nathan Henry Eden, in Payson, Utah, at her family home. She and Nate were later sealed together March 14, 1964, in the Manti Utah Temple.  Esther and Nate made their first home in Tintic Junction, Utah; and later, bought a home in Spring Lake, Utah, where they brought up their seven children.

Esther was a great hostess. She thoroughly enjoyed welcoming anyone who came to her home, where she loved visiting and laughing, and made sure no one went away hungry (and it was your own fault, if you did). She made friends wherever she went and could make anyone around her feel loved.

In 1974, her husband was injured in a mining accident at the Burgin Mine, so Esther went from being a full-time homemaker to entering the work force. She worked for Wasatch Mental Health for 28 years, helping patients and driving the passenger-transport van. Esther was not known for being the best driver, often backing up by feel, rather than using the van mirrors.  (Her family could not understand why her workplace assigned her as the passenger-van driver for the facility!)  She enjoyed her association, over the years, with her many patients and her co-workers.

Esther enthusiastically watched her husband race stock cars at Suntana Raceway, west of Springville, Utah. She never just sat in the bleachers . . . she would stand, shaking the fence, and yelling “Go, 38” for the entire race.  She always supported her family and husband in anything they did.

She loved playing games and her favorite was Bingo.  When she played Phase 10 or Farkle, she was not above cheating to win.  Her grandchildren humored her and had lots of fun, laughing as they played games with her.  She loved spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Another joy in her life was carnivals.  She loved the clowns, the food, and the rides. In fact, you always knew where she was and what carnival ride Esther was on because of her infectious laugh.  The carnival workers would let her ride longer, for free, because she always drew a crowd.

Esther liked snacks, her favorite being potato chips – and at the top of those, she liked Lay’s Original as well as the Sour Cream and Onion.  Her second favorite snack was candied orange slices and Hershey chocolate bars.

For a long time, she was an avid Pepsi drinker, but later decided that Diet Coke Was better.  She also was drawn to music.  Whenever she would hear a catchy tune on the radio, she was up and dancing, always with that beautiful, contagious smile that we will always remember.

For the last eight years of her life, Esther lived at Legacy House of Spanish Fork.  In her usual style, she made many lasting friends there that were like family to her.  The staff there were not just workers to her, they were also family.  She often used “terms of endearment” for each of them.

Esther is survived by her children: Gary (Pat) Eden, Lynette (Gerald) Wyler, Mary (Joe) Simmons, Nate Eden, Lisa Bird, and Charlotte Johnson.  She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, who all absolutely and totally adore their grandma.  Esther is additionally survived by her brothers, Douglas (Carol) Dockstader and Drew (Ann) Dockstader; her sister-in-law, Irmina Eden, her uncle, Ren Holman; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Nate; her daughter, Lenereaux Pullman; her son-in-laws, Virgil Steggell and Leon Johnson; her sisters, Twila Diamond and Peggy Bird;  two infant brothers; and six great-grandchildren.  Just think of the reunion in heaven that Esther is now having.

Esther’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to Monique, Corey, Kori, and the others of the Symbii Hospice team for their loving care of our mother.  You are angels in disguise.

A viewing and the funeral service for Esther will take place Saturday morning, November 27, 2021, at Walker Funeral Home in Spanish Fork, beginning with the viewing from 9:45-10:45 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be at Payson City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, and to honor Esther’s memory, she would have loved for you to play games with friends and loved ones, enjoy her favorite snacks, and have a meal with your family.

To watch a broadcast of the services, please click on the following link: Esther Eden Funeral Service



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Saturday morning, November 27, 2021
9:45-10:45 a.m.
Walker Funeral Home
187 South Main Street
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660

Funeral Service

Saturday morning, November 27, 2021
11:00 a.m.
Walker Funeral Home
187 South Main Street
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660


Saturday afternoon, November 27, 2021
(following funeral service)
Payson City Cemetery
400 North 800 East
Payson, Utah 84651


  1. REPLY
    Devenish says

    What a beautiful tribute… Our prayers and love to you all.

    Love, Steve & Cathy

  2. REPLY
    Shelly Raade says

    Mary so sorry …

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