Irene Lucille (Sherard) Estes, 93, passed away in her sleep May 25, 2014, at the Washington State Veteran’s Home in Port Orchard, Wash., following a short illness.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira B. Sherard and Edythe (Hurst) Sherard both of Greybull, Wyo.; her beloved husband George C. Estes of Citrus Heights, Calif., and her brother, Thurman D. Sherard of Walnut Creek, Calif.
She is survived by her two sons, Terry Estes of Manchester, Wash., and Doug Estes of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and three granddaughters: Devon E. Estes of Joplin, Mo., Lauren K. Estes of Vail, Col., and Emily Estes of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
“Lou,” as she was always known, was born and lived all of her early years in Greybull, Wyo. Always a patriot, after high school graduation and the onset of World War II, she joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and became a Link Trainer Instructor at the Banana River Naval Air Station in Florida teaching young naval aviators the finer art of instrument flying.
At the end of the war she met and married her husband, George, also a naval aviator. George transferred to the U.S. Air Force and after moving to Cheyenne, Wyo., the two of them, accompanied by their two sons, travelled around the world, living all over the United States and in Germany and South Africa.
After her husband passed away in 1980she lived the “retired life” in Citrus Heights, Calif., until moving to Port Orchard, Wash., with her son Terry and his wife Wendy in 2012.
She always enjoyed tennis, square dancing, reading and working complex crossword puzzles.
She was a member of the local ex-WAVES organization and a PEO member.
She loved the mountains, especially the Big Horn Mountains of her native Wyoming. She will be missed.
Her ashes will be interred at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Port Orchard, Wash., in lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Women’s Memorial Foundation, Dept. 560, Washington DC 20042-0560.