Esther Evelyn Werdal, 100, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on October 11, 2020. Esther was born December 11, 1919 to Pastor Ole and Caroline Aadland. Esther graduated from Ferndale High School and spent two years at the Lutheran Brethren Bible School in Fergus Falls, MN. On September 20, 1941, she married Phil Werdal. Together, they felt the call to serve as missionaries. They served in China from 1946 to 1948, until they were forced to flee violence and unrest. In 1950 they began serving in the Yamagata and Akita prefectures of Japan. In 1964 they returned to the states and settled in Shoreline, WA.

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