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Estelle, Alice

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Alice (Adella) Marie Estelle, age 103, of Gaylord, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Otsego Memorial Hospital.

Alice was born December 10, 1914, in Vilnius, Lithuania, to Charles and Marie Buragas. Alice immigrated to the United States at the age of three along with her mother and sister, Eayvega, where they joined her father who worked in the lumber camps in the Mancelona area. She graduated from Gaylord High School in 1934. On April 27, 1935, she married Arthur E. Estelle, and they operated a farm for the next 45 years seven miles west of Gaylord. She retired from Standard Products Company in 1979 after 36 years there. Arthur retired from farming and they spent winters in Lakeland, Florida. Arthur preceded her in death on March 23, 2006 after 70 years together. After his passing, she stayed in Florida near her daughter for two years, then returned to Gaylord, making her home with her son and spending the past three years at the Brook in Gaylord.

Alice is survived by her daughter, Shirley Bernard of Lakeland, Florida, son Edwin A. (Judi) of Elmira, MI; grandchildren, Gordon H. Campbell (Jerri) of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Dawn Estelle of Salem, Oregon, Tanya Estelle of Elmira, MI, Anna (Bobby) Jarvis of Friendswood, Texas, and Edwin J.A. (Jay) Estelle of Elmira, MI. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Autumn Campbell, Yukon, Winter, Magnum, and Ruger Vinecki, Bowdy, Bailey, and Tucker Jarvis, and Keigen, Kinley, and Annika Dandeneau; and great-great-grandchildren Hudson and Austin.

There will be no services at this time. Graveside services will be held at Fairview Cemetery in the Spring.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI.

6 comments on “Estelle, Alice”

  1. Dawn and family,
    So sorry for your loss. I bet you have the fondest memories your grandmother and her beautiful sole.
    Hugs and prayers to you all.

    • Ed and Judy thinking about you in this time of your loss of your mother. Condolence to the entire family. Great person and she will be missed. What a great life she lived. Thinking about you and will be in my prayers.

      • I was saddened to hear that Alice had passed away. She was one the first residents to welcome my mom, Vernah, when we moved her to The Brook. Alice was always beautifully dressed as she made her daily walk through the the hallways. She was a beautiful soul inside and out. Rest In Peace dear Alice.

        • Tom & Debi Collison

          Ed and Judy, so sorry for your loss. We have always liked Alice and loved to listen to her stories. Such a beautiful woman inside and out.

          • Ed and Judy, My thoughts and prayers to the family. Alice was a kind person and will be missed by all that knew her.

            • Tanya and family, I was saddened to hear of your loss. Alice was one of my very favorite friends at the Brook when I was doing bingo there. She loved to win, but was always first to share her prize…… most often “Werther’s”!!! I will remember her beautiful smile that kept my heart warm between visits. God bless.

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