After growing up in Vernon County, she graduated from Sheldon High School in 1951. Upon graduation Glora Faye moved to Kansas City where she met Ray Estes. After a short engagement they married on Sept. 6, 1952. Ray and Glora Faye lived in Blackjack and El Dorado Springs over the course of their 56-year marriage. To their union were born three children: Patricia, Jerry and Terry.
Glora Faye stayed in the home, focusing on raising their family, until the mid 1970s, when she started her own business painting and staining new and remodeled homes. After doing some work for Cedar County Memorial Hospital, she was offered a full-time position in Housekeeping. She was supervisor until she retired in February of 1999.
Glora Faye was a hard worker, always staying busy with some type of home improvement or craft project. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, playing the piano and gardening along with her other interests. She was dedicated to and passionate about her family and was an amazing grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband, Ray, suffered from Parkinson’s Disease over a long period of time, and Glora Faye was his primary caregiver for almost 30 years until his death in 2008. She was a member of the Church of God (Holiness) and could usually be found on Sunday mornings singing in the choir. Most evenings you could find her ready for an episode of Gunsmoke, Wagon Train or Cheyenne, as she dearly loved Westerns. She liked to camp and cookout and loved the idea of a cowboy camp out on a roundup. Always ready for a laugh, Glora Faye possessed a quick wit and fun sense of humor.
Preceding her in death are her parents and husband and her three brothers: Kenneth Wallace, Richard Wallace and Gaylord Wallace.
Surviving is her daughter, Patricia Root (Springfield); son, Jerry (St. Louis), and son, Terry and wife, Tanja (El Dorado Springs); grandchildren: Brandi and husband, Michael Rice (Springfield), Haley and Baxter Estes (Los Angeles), Matthew and Cole Estes (Round Rock, TX), Zack Estes (Chicago), and Maddie Estes (Lee’s Summit); two great-grandchildren, Peyton and Evan Rice (Springfield); three sisters: Dorothy Kenimer, Betty Willhite and Glenda Thomas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services for Glora Faye Estes was held Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) with Rev. Brent Bland and Rev. Joe Trussell officiating. Interment followed at the El Dorado City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America or El Dorado Christian School and left at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at: www.blandhackleman.com.