On April 7, 2023, our loving, sweet mother Elvira Else Achter Adair passed peacefully from this life to the next, just short of a year from her husband’s passing.
Elvira was born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 21, 1935. She is the youngest of four children born to Hermann Erich Achter and Martha Marie Fruehauf. Elvira grew up in Brooklyn, New York until she was seven years old when her dad, Hermann, passed on November 8, 1942. Shortly after his passing her mom moved the family to Salt Lake City. With the generous help of friends in Salt Lake, Elvira’s family moved into a house in the Salt Lake area about a year later. While living in that house her grandfather passed away in Germany, and her grandmother emigrated to America and lived with them until she passed. During this time, Elvira learned to speak, read, and write in German to be able to communicate with her grandmother. This is a talent that she kept up until she passed away. Elvira graduated from South High School in 1953.
After graduation, she started working for Freed Motor Company on 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City. While working at Freed Motor Company, a cute guy came to the parts department where Elvira was working and winked at her. His name was Lynn Adair. Needless to say, she was smitten with him. Lynn and Elvira were married on August 12, 1957, in room 445 at LDS Hospital because Elvira’s mother had suffered from a heart attack a few days before the wedding; the doctors would not release her to go to the wedding that was scheduled to be at the Nibley Park chapel.
Lynn and Elvira lived on Green Street in Salt Lake City when they were first married, and they bought their first home together on Roosevelt Avenue. Elvira worked in Salt Lake City until they started their family of four children (2 boys and 2 girls). In March of 1970 they moved to Bountiful, Utah and lived there for over 50 years until their health required more assisted living in the last few years.
After raising their four children, Elvira worked at Interstate Electric, and later L.E. Meyers Company, and finally, Holland Equipment Company as an accounts payable and receivable clerk, secretary, and receptionist. Most of all, Elvira was a loving, generous wife, mother, grandma, and great grandma to her family. Second only to her husband, the most valuable thing to Elvira was her family. She was fully devoted to both her husband and her family. She was the glue that held everyone together.
Elvira always said, “If you leave my house hungry, it’s your own fault.” Elvira was one of the first people to demonstrate microwaves when they came out on the market. Her children were her guinea pigs for many recipes. She was a fabulous cook; everyone loved her food. Elvira was involved in cooking and sewing in 4-H as a leader for both while her daughters were involved in 4-H. Elvira was an avid sewer, making clothes for all her children. She also enjoyed sewing and making crafts of any kind; she continued working on them throughout her life. Elvira was known throughout her family for her Easter hunts and Halloween parties-and for the monthly dinners we had every month.
Lynn and Elvira were married for almost 65 wonderful years. They had 4 children from their union, J. Dean (Lisa Watts) Adair, Colleen (Matt) Myers, Tim (Suzanna Larsen) Adair, Sandy (Rich) Paul, 16 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
Elvira is survived by her four children, 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and her brother and sister-in-law Eric and Pat (Nelson) Achter. Elvira is preceded in death by her husband, a brother Gideon “Andy” Achter, a brother Kay Achter, a grand-daughter-in-law Jessica Myers, and a grandson Seth Adair.
The family would like to sincerely thank all the staff at North Canyon Care Center. Their care was amazing.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 15th at the Mueller Park 2nd Ward Chapel (the "A" frame chapel), 1825 South 800 East, Bountiful, Utah at 11:00 a.m. Friends may visit the family at Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary (727 North 400 East, Bountiful) Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to services.
Interment, Bountiful City Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of Elvira's obituary page on the day of the service at www.lindquistmortuary.com.