Weatherford Democrat


April 6, 2014

Emma Estes


She was honest, straight forward and set in her ways. The love, character and beliefs instilled in her by her parents were never compromised. Her house was always spotless. Her kitchen was that of a world-class cook. She loved color and always stopped to marvel and bask in the glory and beauty of nature. But most of all, she was a loving and caring mother to all her children.

After her husband’s retirement they moved to Mansfield, Texas, to be near her brothers. It was there that she and her husband built a brick home, her first real home since childhood, with land for a garden and livestock. She became a longtime member of the Walnut Creek Baptist Church. She was married to her husband for 52 years until his death in 1981. She worked until she was 95, retiring as a seamstress at Jim’s Cleaners in downtown Mansfield. She moved to Waxahachie, Texas, after her retirement to be near her two daughters and was the oldest member of the Farley Street Baptist Church.

She traveled the world in her later years, enjoying Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the Holy Lands. She bought her first car when she was 92 and drove until she was 99, shortly after she moved to Weatherford to be near her son. She had the heartbreaking misfortune of watching her husband, her oldest son and both daughters die from cancer. Their deaths were something she never got over and she became a case study on how to adapt and how to move forward in the face of heartbreaking adversity.

Her youngest son will never forget her prayers and letters when he was fighting as a Marine in Vietnam. Her presence was felt on every patrol, every listening post and every night ambush during that terrible year. And when he came home she provided the comfort, support and guidance he so needed. A special thanks is to be paid to her granddaughters who loved her and who spent so much time helping her during the last years of her life. A lasting tribute is that she has great-granddaughters and great-great granddaughters named after her. She loved and was loved. She was quiet, shy, and unpretentious. A rock of ages she was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.

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