LITTLE FALLS - Lillian I. Estes, age 86, of Little Falls, Minn., passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls, Minn.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service, 900 First St. SE, Little Falls, Minn., with the Rev. Keith Thompson officiating. A luncheon will be held immediately following the service in the Community Room of the funeral home. Interment will be in Vaale Cemetery near Brainerd, Minn.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service, 900 First St. SE, Little Falls, Minn.
Visitation will continue Monday at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Lillian I. Estes was born Lillian Inga Thorson on March 6, 1923, in Brainerd, Minn., the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Thompson) Thorson. She grew up in rural Brainerd where she attended country school and graduated from Brainerd High School, class of 1941. Following her schooling, she worked at JC Penney in Brainerd and in St. Cloud for a company that produced aircraft parts for World War II planes. She then worked at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud. On March 6, 1946, she was united in marriage to Stewart Estes at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple moved to a farm west of Northwood, Iowa, and farmed there until 1957. At that time, the couple moved to Deer Park, Wis., and farmed there until 1976 at which time they moved to Little Falls, Minn. While living in Wisconsin, Lillian worked as a nurse's aide at the hospital in Amery, Wis. Stewart and Lillian farmed in the Little Falls area until Stewart's death in 1986. Lillian continued living on the farm for a few years and then moved to Brainerd. In May 2008, she moved to Pine Grove Manor in Little Falls.
Lillian enjoyed Bible studies, gardening, reading, watching the Animal Planet channel on TV, crossword puzzles and drinking coffee and sharing memories with family and friends, especially Dorothy and Leroy Thompson (cousins on her mother's side). She was a faithful member of many churches where she lived throughout her life, most recently the Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Little Falls.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, the late Maynard (Beverly) Estes, of Northwood, Iowa, Stanley (June Varner) Estes, of Little Falls, Minn., E. Dean (Mary) Estes, of Phoenix, Ariz., Rose Estes and Thomas (Mary) Estes, of Little Falls, Minn.; special son-in-law, Kendall (Cheryl) Winegar, of Hudson, Wis.; sisters, Tillie (the late Lyman) Dale, of Brainerd, Minn., and Ruby (the late Raymond) Tautges, of Brainerd, Minn.; sister-in-law, Eleanor (the late Stewart) Thorson, of Cuba, Mo.; 20 grandchildren; many great and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Lillian was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mary (Thompson) Thorson (both in February 1986); husband, Stewart Estes (Jan. 13, 1986); son, Maynard Estes (Feb. 22, 2004); grandson, Robert Estes (Dec. 6, 2006); brother, Stewart Thorson; and brothers-in-law, Lyman Dale and Raymond Tautges.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Unity Family Homecare and Hospice.
Arrangements are with Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service of Little Falls, Minn.
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