Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home & Flagler Memorial Gardens

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Estelle Best

January 15, 1931August 2, 2019

Estelle E. (Stella) Best, 88 of Palm Coast, went to be with her Lord, and passed peacefully after a brave struggle on Friday, August 2, 2019 at Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House.

Mrs. Best was born January 15, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of Victor and Ina Clouden Boyce.

She grew up in Brooklyn, and after graduating from high school, she attended Business School and was employed as an office manager with the Social Security Administration. Mrs. Best moved from Springfield Gardens, NY to Palm Coast in 1979. She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Altar Guild, and a former usher. Mrs. Best also established the library at the church. Mrs. Best enjoyed volunteering at Bunnell Elementary School, the perfect outlet for her genuine warmth and concern for others, and most of all, spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Gilbert L. Best whom she married July 12, 1952, in Brooklyn, NY. Two children, Keith Best of Flower

Mound TX., and Brenda (Terry) Boyd of Plymouth, MI. Three grandchildren, Stacia Zellner, Terrance Boyd and Nicholas Boyd all of Michigan. One sister, Doris Matthews of Springfield Gardens, NY.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Vera Providence, and three brothers, Alfred, Martin, and Victor Boyce.

Family and friends will be received Friday, August 9th from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway in Palm Coast, where Mass will be held at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Volusia Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Best's name to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Altar and Guild Society 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast FL 32137 or to the Linda Vestal Giving Hands Foundation, Inc., 1145 Avocado Blvd., Bunnell FL 32110.

Condolences may be sent to www.craigflaglerpalms.com


  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Interment Friday, August 9, 2019


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Valarie Finch-Brown

August 12, 2019

I always saw her as dark n beautiful, elegant and classy. Her laughter was authentic, charming and contagious. There was something magnetic when in her presence, you never wanted to disconnect. When she spoke, it was always from her heart. Rest peacefully with the Lord.

Rosemary Flowers

August 10, 2019

The Lord is the Light of my salvation whom shall I fear. Palm 27
Mrs Stella was the joy of my life she always gave me good advice with lots of wisdom, two things she would ask me when I visited her was how was the weather and how was my grandson Jeremiah she was an inspiration and a second mother to me , I will always love and miss you.
To Gill and Keith my heart is with you both we are family.
Love always

Marie MballeSube

August 9, 2019

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints - Psalm 116:15. To the Best family, may the comfort of God's love and protection be your portion during this season of your lives. It was my pleasure to have been part of the medical team that served her over the past 12+ years. Mrs Best fulfilled her mission on earth and has gone on to glory. She earned her crowns and is reunited with Christ her Savior. It is well with her soul

Ronda Watson

August 8, 2019

I will always cherish the graceful kindness and loving care you’ve shone over the years...Thank you for sharing your joy and touching my life in such a beautiful way....I will miss you dearly

Diane Chambery

August 8, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the Best Family on the passing of Mrs. Best. Mr. and Mrs. Best have been my customers at the Pharmacy for the 20 years I worked there. One of the sweetest women and Family I have ever had., I truly love them and may our Lord and Savior bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time. She will be missed by many.
Love, Diane

susan noble

August 8, 2019

Our faith teaches us that life goes on and it is in this spirit of solace that I celebrate the life well lived of Mrs. Best. Though she has passed over to the higher, lighter plane and we miss her physical presence, each of us who were touched by her know that her legacy lives on in the countless good deeds and loving moments paid forward because of her! Whether we were talking about my own children, work, an event or concern, she always made me feel I was the only one in the room, so direct was her gaze and intense was her engagement; even at heights in her struggle. She saw us the way we wanted to see ourselves and it is my hope that I steadfastly strive to reflect what SHE saw every day of my life. Missing Stella. Peace and love to my Best family.

Carla Boyce-Smith

August 6, 2019

I grew up hearing my Dad (Jerome Boyce) sharing lovely stories of moments spent with his cousins, Gil and Estelle. When I met them it was as if we had known each other all our lives. Immediately, they both embraced me with love. Aunt Estelle was very warm and loving, I loved her baked salmon and just sitting around a table chit chatting. She shared photographs of the Boyce family and gave me the family tree.

Clifford Providence Jr

August 6, 2019

My Aunt Stella was exactly what her name meant. "Stella" she reminded me of a star... Mainly Gladys Knight. She had that beautiful dark skin, a firm voice and a way about her that made you stand at attention. She was always kind but no one to fool with I love and miss her dearly.

Virginia Anderson bines

August 6, 2019

Stella was just like a mother to me, we shared lots of memories over the years. She will be missed dearly. My condolences to Gil and family

"cherishing the memories" forever in my heart"