Jessie Leta Estes


Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2005

Former Juneau resident Jessie Leta Estes, 88, died Dec. 18, 2004, in Seattle, Wash.

She was born in Baca County, Colo., on May 1, 1916, to Vivian Floyd Hecox and Cloe Akers Hecox. She was one of three children.

She arrived in Juneau in October 1949 with her Coast Guard husband, John Estes, when he helped establish the Coast Guard's 17th District offices. She worked for Sears in Juneau, before being transferred to the Seattle Sears offices in 1968. She retired from Sears in the early 1980s.

While living in Juneau, she was an avid bowler and participated in many local, state and national bowling tournaments. She liked big band music, Christmas, working crossword puzzles, and going for drives in the country. She enjoyed gardening, indoor plants, cooking, reading and traveling. She looked forward to weekly luncheons "with the girls" when she and her women friends went to a different Seattle restaurant each Wednesday, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1962; her parents; and brother, Milton Hecox.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Sharon) Estes and John (Ailene) Estes, all of Douglas; brother, Floyd (Vi) Hecox and their eight children, all of the Seattle area; sister-in-law, Virginia Hecox of Green Acres, Wash.; grandchildren, Charlie of Juneau, Mike (Kristi) of Lahaina, Hawaii, Tom (Mischelle Douglas) of Springfield, Ore., Jennifer of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lynn (Donna) Ewing of Petersburg; great-grandchildren, Paul, John and David of Springfield, Ore., and Sonja Ewing of Petersburg.

Services were held Dec. 22 in Seattle. Internment is at Washelli Columbarium in Seattle.

Memorials may be sent in her memory to: Evergreen Hospice, 12822 124th Lane N.E., Kirkland, WA 98034.

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