Alice Elizabeth Estes

Alice Elizabeth Estes, age 88, a long time resident of Hoquiam, died on Monday, August 20, 2012, in Olympia, Washington. After battling with Parkinson’s disease for 7 years, the slow end finally came to a peaceful conclusion

Mrs. Estes was born on March 29, 1924, in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts to Charles A. and Susie M. (Bodge) Austin.

As a toddler, Alice lost her mother and was moved to Maine where she lived for a few years. She then moved back to Massachusetts to be with her father and graduated from Brockton High School. She enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. While stationed in Livermore, California she met a Washington State boy (Jim Estes), and they were married in San Francisco on January 2, 1946. After their discharge, they made their home in Hoquiam. They proceeded to build a new life together producing 3 offspring, while she managed the children and the home scene.

James and Alice enjoyed outdoor activities such as camping and traveling. They were members of the Roamin’ Elks. The couple also loved dancing and fishing. She was quite a gifted angler, catching a 50 pound salmon in the Chehalis River.

Outside the home, Mrs. Estes worked for several Hoquiam families. Here she was like Alice of the Brady Bunch, cooking, cleaning and a part of each family.

Alice was a lover of all animals, but especially of dogs and cats, spoiling the neighbor’s dogs as well as her own.

Alice was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enticed her grandchildren with her famous sugar cookies. Her kind and hospitable nature was evident to all.

Surviving relatives include a son, John (Julie) of Hoquiam; two daughters, Janet (Steve) Dobosz of Roy, Washington and Joyce Cunning of Olympia; six grandchildren, Kurt and Tyson Estes, Scott and Gabel Harrison, Teresa Pablo and Frank Dobosz; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Caroline Strout of Cherryfield, Maine. In addition to her husband, James; she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Rosa Sargent; a son-in-law, Paul Cunning; sisters, Madelon McIntosh, Florence Jefferson, Florisa Wilmot and Lillian Austin; and brothers Alton, Harry, Donald and William Austin.

At her request, there will be no funeral service. A private urn committal at Hoquiam’s Sunset Memorial Park will be held at a later date.

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