Estep, Clara Opal

Date: Sundady, Nov. 29, 2009`
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home, Inc.

Date: Monday, Nov. 30, 2009`
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home

Virginia Mines Cemetery

Memorials / Donations:
may be made to the family


Clara Opal Estep of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on November 27, 2009, having reached the age of eighty-six years and twenty-two days. Clara was born in Pollard, AR on November 5, 1923, daughter of George Brown and Eva Brown nee Baker. As a young woman she was united in marriage and blessed to have two children. On October 7, 1967, she was united in marriage to Mitchell William Estep and they were blessed to have forty-two years together.

Clara is survived by her son, Lloyd “Butch” Morris, Jr. and wife, Gail, of St. Clair; by her daughter, Barba Jean Reeves and companion, Earl Smith, of Monroe, IA; by three sisters, Rosie smith and husband, Jim, of St. Louis, MO, Helen Gilmore of St. Louis and Lucille Moore of Union, MO; by one step-sister, Pearl Fredrick of Evening Shade, AR; by her dear and special friend, Barb Richardson and husband, David, of St. Clair; by six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, one sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, George Brown and Eva Moore, by her husband, Mitchell “Mitch” Estep; and by one sister, Carolyn Settelmier.

Clara was a devoted member for forty plus years of Virginia Mines Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO. For many years, she and Mitch served as custodians of the church. She was always there to help with church functions and work at vacation Bible school. One of her fondest remembrances was when the church celebrated the one hundred year anniversary and all the ladies dressed as the founders. Clara worked as an upholstery for many years and had been employed for various companies, primarily in the St. Louis area. In more recent years, she and Mitch had owned and operated the Hen’s Nest restaurant in St. Clair. During the years she and Mitch had lived in the country, she enjoyed gardening, raising chickens and always had lots of cats and kittens. Above all else, spending time with her children and grandchildren gave her great joy and she cherished the love they shared.

A sweet and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great and great-great- grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Monday, November 30, 2009 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Rev. Dr. Phil Turner officiating. Interment was in Virginia Mines Cemetery, Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to the family.