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Orpha E Estes

Birth
Logan County, Kentucky, USA
Death 17 May 2001 (aged 95)
Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado, USA
Burial Nucla, Montrose County, Colorado, USA
Memorial ID 67514604 · View Source
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Orpha Estes

Graveside services for Mrs. Orpha Ellen Estes, longtime resident of Naturita, Colo., will be held today, May 19, in the Nucla Cemetery at 2 p.m. Pastor Michael Stoker will officiate.

Mrs. Estes was born to Elijah and Sarah Whittacker Johnson on Feb. 8, 1906 in Logan County, Ky. She passed away on May 17, 2001 at Community Hospital of Grand Junction, Colo., at the age of 95.

She attended schools in Oklahoma. On May 10, 1923, Orpha married Pearl "Bert" Lee Estes in Kansas. They raised their family while Bert mined in Monument Valley, Utah; Slickrock, Cortez and Blanding (Utah). They moved to the Naturita area in 1943. Bert preceded Orpha in death in November of 1969.

Orpha was a homemaker for the most part of her life. She worked as a waitress in her younger years at the Dodge House in Dodge City, Kans., and locally for the old Borchard's Hotel in Nucla. She also worked as a maid for Ray's Motel in Naturita.

Orpha was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Naturita. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening, reading and riding in the car.

Orpha Ellen Estes is survived by sons, Donald (Ann) Estes of Naturita; Therald (Nina) Estes of Dolores; daughters, Jenneth Loy Moore and Lois Anneth Bauer, both of Naturita; brother Emmitt Johnson of Grand Junction and sister, Vada ("Doc") Jiles of Aztec; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nucla-Naturita Ambulance Fund, in care of Judy Elder, P.O. Box 740, Nucla, CO 81424.

Cortez Four Corners Funeral Chapel, Hale and Gerken Funeral Directors, are serving the family.
Cortez Journal Obituaries, 2001.


A very special thanks to Calmly Searching for this obituary.


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  • Created by: Hazel
  • Added: 27 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67514604
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Orpha E Estes (8 Feb 1906–17 May 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67514604, citing Nucla Cemetery, Nucla, Montrose County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Hazel (contributor 47417774) .