Arvella Alberta Estes, 96, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at the Jackson Manor Nursing Home in Jackson, where she resided the past five years.

The youngest of ten children, Arvella was born August 27, 1919, in Whitewater, Missouri, to George and Eda Scholz Rhodes. Arvella grew up in rural America, experienced two world wars, and the depression.  Her father passed away when she was only 10 years old, leaving her mother with seven children and a large farm debt.

She and Claude William Estes were married November 23, 1938 in Jackson.  He was the love of her life and she was the “wind beneath his wings”.  When they married, Claude earned $1.00 a day and Arvella was content to operate behind the scenes; but somehow they danced through life and managed to raise their four children with love and determination.  They were fortunate to have shared nearly 71 years together when Claude passed away October 28, 2009.

Arvella was an avid gardener and could coax anything to grow.  Especially remembered are the beautiful purple flocks she grew on the farm, now fondly referred to as “The Arvellas”.  Family was Arvella’s life’s work.  In her world, it was “GFF”, God, Family, and Food.  Some infamous “Grandma-isms” remembered by the grandchildren are:  “Here Honey, have a little more apple pie or brown sugar cookies.” and “Honey, is that sore?  Let’s put some red medicine on it.”

Arvella was an active member of the former United Methodist Church in Gravel Hill.

96 years seems like an eternity to many, but to some of us, it seems like yesterday.

Loving survivors include four children, Carol (the late James) Craft of Jackson, Wayne (Mary Lou) Estes of Jackson, Ron (Susan) Estes of Marble Hill, and Wanda (Ron) Devenport of St. Charles, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and all the loving friends and caregivers at Jackson Manor Nursing Home.  Arvella was anticipating the arrival of two more great-great-grandchildren soon.

In addition to her husband and son-in-law, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Alan Estes in June 2016, a great grandson; six brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation will be Friday, July 15, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m., at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral will be Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jimmie Corbin officiating.

Interment will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

If wishing to give a memorial, the family suggests contributions to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or Gideons International.

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  1. Sharron Friese Werner

    Estes Family I am sorry for your loss, I will miss seeing Arvella when I go to the nursing home to visit mom, Arvella was alway6s a pleasure to see and talk to when I was there to visit, I know she is still with us through her stories and I feel fortunate to have known her, she will be missed. Sharron “Friese” Werner

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