|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1914|
|Death: ||Jun. 5, 2012|
BALDWYN - Mary Jewell Estell, 98, died June 5, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born on April 17, 1914, the first child to E.C. and Lula Bruce Murdock in the Geeville community in Prentiss County. She was an active member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.
In the years following her retirement from Blue Bell Industries in Booneville, Jewell enjoyed time in her yard and garden. Until her health failed at age 90, she could be found tending her lilies, buttercups, or especially her African violets. Many times she revived an ailing violet back to full bloom. Known by her family for her blackberry cobbler, Jewell was happiest surrounded by her beloved family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Dr. Chester Harrison, Bro. David Haynes and Mrs. Rhonda Saunders officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Lee (S/B Prentiss) County. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her sisters, Mattie Chisholm of Waverly, Tenn., Bruce Furtick of Rienzi, and Billie Morgan (Harold) of Saltillo; one stepson, George Estell (Sandy); two step grandchildren, Will Estell (Amy) and Cynthia Estell Godwin (Robin); four step great-grandchildren; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Willard Koon; her second husband, Earl Estell; her brothers, William and Martin Murdock; and her sister, Sara Nell Gentry.
Pallbearers will be Will Estell, Donnie Chisholm, Reggie Furtick, Kenny Gentry, Jimmy Gentry, Greg Morgan, and Ted Murdock.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Read more: djournal.com & NEMS Daily Journal, Tupelo, MS 6-6-2012
Ernest C. Murdock (1892 - 1972)
Lula Bruce Murdock (1896 - 1975)
Willard Koon (1907 - 1962)
Earl Estell (1916 - 1997)
Mary Jewel Murdock Estell (1914 - 2012)
Martin L. Murdock (1915 - 1965)*
William Lawrence Murdock (1917 - 1921)*
Sara Nell Murdock Gentry (1925 - 2000)*
Billie Jean Murdock Morgan (1935 - 2012)*
Mount Olive Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 34.57417, -88.69956
Created by: LWB
Record added: Jun 06, 2012
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