On Dec. 5, 2010 Evangeline Lesamiz Buchert passed away from this life at the North Valley Nursing Home. She is now with her Lord.
Her birth place was Riverside, Wash. on March 24, 1921 to Victor and Golden Lesamiz, sheep ranchers. She joined a brother, Victor Jr., and eight years later her sister Victoria was born.
Mom was raised in a typical Basque sheep operation during the era when tens of thousands of sheep grazed the mountains of Okanogan County. These were formative years of hard work. She graduated from Tonasket High School, worked at the First National Bank, and married a most gentlemanly young man, Ed Buchert, on Jan. 10, 1940. This began a strong team of two people who cared for each other their entire lives. Linda was born in 1941 followed by Eddie, Patti and Mike. Ranch life changed from sheep to cattle in the 1940’s and out of this lifestyle Mom taught us lessons of thrift, excellence and perseverance. She was a helper to Dad, which meant she accomplished thousands of behind the scene tasks that helped him get the job done. Her spiritual gift from God was hospitality so consequently many young people received a home and care for a few years to finish high school. Mom loved to paint on canvass and houses. She and Dad would renovate anything that had possibilities and Mom could find a possibility in almost anything and she thoroughly enjoyed the journey it brought. With us will you picture Mom on horseback riding beside Dad? They are holding hands, talking to one another, enjoying that moment in time riding up the trail ahead of their kids. That is how is should be in life and was for us. Mom and Dad celebrated their 70th Anniversary in January of this year before Dad preceded Mom in death in April. Also preceding her was her brother, Victor Jr.
She is survived by her sister, Victoria Attwood and husband Ray; her children: Linda Topping (Clark), Edwin V. Buchert, Patricia Middleton (Randy) and Michael L. Buchert; as well as 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed.”
A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Tonasket Free Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the same church of your choice. You may add a remembrance and view photos on the website at www.buenavistaquilting.com following the link to Evangeline Buchert.
Very special love and thanks go to all the staff who lovingly cared for Mom at the North Valley Nursing Home from Linda, Eddie, Patti and Mike.