Winifred ‘Winnie’ Estey: 1909-2006
Winifred N. Campbell was born Dec. 21, 1909 in Osborn, Mo., the only child of Winnie Ralph and Lucy Almedia (Henderson) Campbell. She was raised and attended school in Missouri, moving with her family to Craig when she was 16. She graduated from high school in Midwest, Wyo.
Winifred married Robert E. “Dutch” Estey II on Nov. 21, 1929, in Hayden. They made their home in Craig ,where they raised their two children, Robert E. III and Barbara.
Winifred was a homemaker and a seamstress for hotels, and she cooked salads for the Palace Drug Store. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and square dancing with her husband. She loved dogs and always had one in her life, but most of all she loved her kids and grandkids. Winifred was a member of the First Christian Church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Royal Neighbors.
After her husband’s death in 1991, Winifred went to live with her daughter, spending the summers in Meeker and the winters in Arizona. She later lived in Rangely with her granddaughter Debbie and finally at the Rangely Hospital Long Term Care Unit.
Winifred died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, at the Rangely Hospital.
She is survived by her daughter Barbara (Walter R.) Ducey of Meeker; daugther-in-law Ingrid (Tom) Hammond of Craig; grandchildren Debbie, Russell and Alan Ducey; Wayne and Wesley Estey; 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert E. “Dutch” Estey; her son Robert E. Estey III and an infant daughter, Caroline.
A funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 4, at Grant Mortuary in Craig with Merv Johnson officiating. Music selections were “Amazing Grace” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Pallbearers were Alan Ducey, Wayne Estey, Chad Feilener, Russ Ducey, Wes Estey and Mike Rice. Interment followed at Craig Cemetery.
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