Estella Holloway Claude was the second child of Marshall B. Holloway and Tina M. Simpson, born Oct. 14, 1920.
"Estelle" departed this life on Nov. 26, 2011, at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her parents; one younger sister, Pauline; brothers-in-law, R. T. Speer and Perry Frazier; niece, Shirley Faye Frazier; son-in-law, Bill Eubank, many aunts and uncles and extended family members.
She leaves to mourn her passing one sister, Faye, Cushing, Okla.; three daughters, Judith Ann Zimmerman and husband, Bud, Georgetown, Texas and Bradenton, Fla., Phyllis Diane Medlock and husband, Jim, Kennett, and Samantha Kay Eubank, Venice, Fla.
At the time of her death, Estelle was residing at the NHC Nursing Facility in Kennett, and previously with her daughter and son-in-law, Jim and Diane Medlock.
Estelle had seven grandchildren, Chelly and Dave Gilberg, Tom Nax and Ian Nax, all of Springfield, Mo.; Julie Kennedy, Kennett, Marshall Medlock, VanBuren, Ark., and Jamie and Mark Jordan, of Paragould, Ark., A. J. and Mandy Atwood, of Venice. There is also a large number of precious great-grandchildren of whom she was very proud, especially Halle Jordan and Hayden Anderson; and one great-great grandchild, Braden Atwood.
Estelle became a single mom while her children were young and she worked at difficult jobs such as the Small Arms Ammunition Factory, Chase Bag Company and Barnes Hospital, all in St. Louis, Mo., to support herself and the girls. Later on she worked a number of years as manager of the food counter in the Kressge Store in Northland Shopping Center in St. Louis County. In the evening she sewed clothes for the girls while listening to Cardinal Baseball on KMOX, St. Louis. A devoted Christian all her life, she and the girls attended church twice on Sunday and on Wednesday evenings. She was determined to raise her girls in "the right way." Estelle loved and was devoted to her most recent churches, Slicer Street Church of Christ in Kennett, and Campbell Church of Christ in Campbell, Mo. She had many close friends at both churches that she enjoyed so much, and the Dorcas Ladies Sewing Group at Slicer.
Mom will be missed by so many people, not the least of which are her three daughters.
The family wants to recognize the faithful and loving care provided by Diane over these last years as mom's health deteriorated. She rarely missed a day of visiting and caring for mom at the NHC nursing facility. Diane's husband, Jim, was so dear to mom for his loving ways and offbeat sense of humor. Her little great-granddaughter, Halle, who loved visiting great-granny at the nursing facility and riding the electric wheelchair which brightened the day of many other residents there. And the caring staff of NHC who made every effort to love and care for their residents are due all praise and thanks.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, at McDaniel Funeral Service in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at noon, Wednesday, at McDaniel Chapel with Jim Medlock officiating, assisted by Marshall Medlock and Mark Jordan.
Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery at Paragould.
The family requests contributions be made to Children's Homes Inc. (5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450-3398)
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.