Mrs. Dorothy Allene Estes, 86, went home to be with her Lord Sept. 6, 2011.
Born in Doctors Inlet, Fla., she was a lifelong resident of Clay County. She met and married a farm boy from Kansas who was stationed at Jacksonville (Fla.) Naval Air Station in World War II.
They married Dec. 7, 1945, and remained married until her death and the angels took her to Father Abraham’s Bosom.
Paul took care of her along with the help of several loving friends, Susie, Phyllis, Angel, and Rhonda.
She was blessed with a son who was faithful to his parents till the end.
She survived an abduction and murder of her beautiful and talented 16-year-old daughter.
She graduated from Clay High School in Green Cove Springs.She was a bookkeeper and stenographer and principal’s secretary at Orange Park Jr. and Sr. High schools, and retired as the principal’s secretary at Orange Park Middle school after 23 years service with the school board.
She was the ideal Pastor’s wife and lover and mother of her children. She loved people of all ages but especially children teaching children’s sunday school. Her last several years took a terrible toll on her health and body suffering from Osteoarthritis but not her love for God, husband, church, family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, the Rev. Paul L. Estes, a Valley Falls native; son, Paul L. Estes II and wife, Brenda; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Susie Page; six grand- and five great-grandchildren.
Pastor Paul wrote, “I didn’t deserve such a wonderful wife, but God blessed me with her when I was lost, and rewarded her faith by my receiving Christ after two years of marriage.”
The funeral service was Sept. 9 in the Fleming Island Baptist Church.
Private burial was in the Peoria Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, Orange Park.
Contributions can be made to one’s favorite charity.
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