Eva Amundson was born on April 23, 1911, in Langdon North Dakota, to Elmer and Alma Hultin, and passed away peacefully at the age of 106 on July 3, 2017, in her apartment at The Springs in Missoula.
Eva grew up on a farm near Joplin, Montana. She met the love of her life, Leif Amundson, and they married on March 1, 1929. They owned a wheat farm outside of Joplin, and raised four daughters, Connie, Eleanor, Ardis and Priscilla.
She is survived by daughter, Priscilla Pimley, from Chester, Montana; sister Ruth Downing, from Mill Valley, CA; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leif; daughters Connie, Eleanor and Ardis; 3 brothers and 2 sisters; 3 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
In 1948 the family moved to Missoula to give their developmentally disabled daughter Ardis more opportunity in her learning environment. Eva was proud to be instrumental in starting and organizing the non-profit organization, Opportunity Resources Inc. (ORI). ORI has been committed to assisting individuals with disabilities become productive members of the community for over 60 years.
Eva was a longtime supporter of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and several civic organizations in Missoula. She was recognized many times for her volunteer work, and has received many awards. In 1998 the City of Missoula proclaimed April 22 as “The Eva Amundson Volunteer Day”.
Eva was fond of her Norwegian heritage and taught herself the art of Rosemaling, which is a Norwegian form of decorative flower painting. Her family has loved and enjoyed the painted treasures she has given them over the years.
Eva was truly loved by everyone that knew her. She was always "the rock" for her family and friends. Her amazing wisdom and kind, wonderful spirit will be missed every day.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 11th, at The Springs at Missoula, 3710 American Way, Missoula, at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Opportunity Resources, Inc., 2821 S. Russell Street, Missoula, MT 59801; phone (406) 721-2930. You can also visit their website, and have the option to designate your gift in Eva’s name.