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Lindsey Funeral Homes

473 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA

OBITUARY

Irene Ricketts Estes

May 15, 1931September 24, 2019
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Irene Ricketts Estes, 88, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.

She was born May 15, 1931 in Danville, Virginia, and was the daughter of the late Rev. Percy H. and Beatrice Shelton Ricketts.

Mrs. Estes graduated from George Washington High School in Danville and attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. She was a substitute schoolteacher and taught many private piano pupils in various locations where her husband served as a Presbyterian minister.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg where she served as an Elder, Clerk of Session, Moderator of the Board of Deacons, Moderator of Presbyterian Women, Circle leader, and on several committees in church and Presbytery. She served on the Court Square Caring Team and enjoyed visiting and serving Communion to those who were unable to attend church. She was a member of the Woman’s Club of Harrisonburg and garden clubs. She enjoyed serving as a pianist for many activities, including Generations Crossing Day Care Center, Mable Memorial Chapel and Oak Lea Nursing Home.

On June 20, 1954, she married Rev. Manson P. Estes, who preceded her in death on October 30, 1988. A sister-in-law, Nancy Estes Irish, also preceded her in death. She is survived by three daughters, Denise Mitchell and husband, Bob, of Woodbridge, Dona Hinkle and husband, David, of Penn Laird and Dawn Miller and husband, Scott, of Verona; five grandchildren, Sarah Hinkle, Chris Thorne, Catherine Irene Mitchell, Brittany Moats and husband, Steven and Taylor Hinkle; a brother-in-law, Dennis Irish of Knoxville, TN; and a cousin, Gwen Warren of Atlanta, GA.

The family will receive friends 6-8 pm, Friday, September 27, 2019 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Funeral service will be held 11 am, Saturday, September 28, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be private later in the day.

Memorial contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 17 North Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22802; Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607; or Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Denise Mitchell & husband, Bob, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Dona Hinkle & husband, David, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Dawn Miller & husband, Scott, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Sarah Hinkle, Grandchild
  • Chris Thorne, Grandchild
  • Catherine Irene Mitchell, Grandchild
  • Brittany Moats & husband, Steven, Grandchild & Husband
  • Taylor Hinkle, Grandchild
  • Dennis Irish, Brother-in-law
  • Gwen Warren, Cousin
  • Rev. Manson P. Estes, Husband (deceased)
  • Beatrice Shelton Ricketts, Mother (deceased)
  • Rev. Percy H. Ricketts, Father (deceased)
  • Nancy Estes Irish, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Samaritan's Purse
  • Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 28, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Burial Later In The Day

Memories

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Sandra S Shomo

October 21, 2019

To Donna Hinkle,
I am so sorry I missed your Mother's Service. I know what a devoted and caring daughter you were. Irene served so diligently and cheerfully at First Pres. I hope it comforts you that she has gone on to her reward.
Love, Sandy Shomo

Diane Richardson

September 26, 2019

Your mom will suffer no more. Irene will be remembered by me as a soft spoken and kind person. I know your faith will carry you all thru this time when you miss her the most! Good memories will be a blessing.

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Biography

Irene Ricketts Estes, 88, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.

She was born May 15, 1931 in Danville, Virginia, and was the daughter of the late Rev. Percy H. and Beatrice Shelton Ricketts.

Mrs. Estes graduated from George Washington High School in Danville and attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. She was a substitute schoolteacher and taught many private piano pupils in various locations where her husband served as a Presbyterian minister.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg where she served as an Elder, Clerk of Session, Moderator of the Board of Deacons, Moderator of Presbyterian Women, Circle leader, and on several committees in church and Presbytery. She served on the Court Square Caring Team and enjoyed visiting and serving Communion to those who were unable to attend church. She was a member of the Woman’s Club of Harrisonburg and garden clubs. She enjoyed serving as a pianist for many activities, including Generations Crossing Day Care Center, Mable Memorial Chapel and Oak Lea Nursing Home.

On June 20, 1954, she married Rev. Manson P. Estes, who preceded her in death on October 30, 1988. A sister-in-law, Nancy Estes Irish, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by three daughters, Denise Mitchell and husband, Bob, of Woodbridge, Dona Hinkle and husband, David, of Penn Laird and Dawn Miller and husband, Scott, of Verona; five grandchildren, Sarah Hinkle, Chris Thorne, Catherine Irene Mitchell, Brittany Moats and husband, Steven and Taylor Hinkle; a brother-in-law, Dennis Irish of Knoxville, TN; and a cousin, Gwen Warren of Atlanta, GA.

The family will receive friends 6-8 pm, Friday, September 27, 2019 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Funeral service will be held 11 am, Saturday, September 28, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be private later in the day.

Memorial contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 17 North Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22802; Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607; or Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.