Estella May Parker
Estella May Parker, 98, of Omak, WA, died of natural causes, peacefully in her sleep, at home with her family on March 13, 2014. She was born July 9, 1915, to Danah and Lillian Jones in Fruitland, ID. She graduated from Fruitland High School in 1934. During a family camping trip, she met Loren M. Parker, who was logging with his favorite horses. He showed the family where to find blueberries and a summer romance began. They married in November of 1935. Later, Loren used his same favorite horses to work the fields and raise crops on Estella’s grandfather’s farm in Fruitland. During those years, a daughter, Lorella May, was born in October of 1936; and a son, George Danah, in November of 1937. Loren, Estella and family moved to Stanwood, WA in 1945, and purchased a dairy farm. Another daughter, Susan Jayne, was born in June of 1946. They developed a basic, old style dairy into a nice modern operation during their 23 years there. When the children married and left home, they sold the dairy farm and moved back to a drier climate. In 1968, they purchased an apple orchard in Omak. Estella worked for many years as an apple sorter at Co-Op Growers, Big O and Starcrisp. She also worked at her son’s business, Parker’s Propane, for seven years. When Loren and Estella retired and sold the orchard, they enjoyed traveling south and toured many states in their homemade fifth wheel trailer. Estella had many friends and was a warm and friendly person. She enjoyed going to the senior citizen’s dinners at Okanogan and Omak. She loved bright colors and working in her flower garden. She loved keeping in touch with all her grandchildren and looked forward to the yearly family reunion on her birthday in July.
Estella is survived by her daughter, Susan (Jack) Brandt of Omak, WA; sister-in-law, Clara Parker of Edmonds, WA; grandchildren, Rhonda Christenson of Marysville, WA, Richard (Patty) Christenson of Marysville, WA, Rachael (Steve) Billings of Ravensdale, WA, Roy (Kathy) Christenson of Marysville, WA, Mitch (Sondra) Parker of Startup, WA, Todd and Megan Parker of Renton, WA, Julie (Greg) Ford of Summerville, SC, and Chris (Kristin) Brandt of Boise, ID; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Estella was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Chuck and Harold Jones; sister, Mary Williams; husband, Loren Parker; daughter, Lorella “Lori” Brandt; and son, George Parker.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers, Tanya, Denise, Myrna and Laurie from ResCare and nurse, Debbie from Hospice for their kind and thoughtful care of Estella.
A Memorial Service will be held later in the spring. Arrangements by Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel.