Estle Lea St. Pierre
Published: Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Estle Lea St. Pierre was born April 24, 1921, in Panhandle, Texas, to James and Cora (French) Richards. As a young girl she moved often with her family across the country to California to the narrow gauge railroad and lumber mill camps in the Sierra Mountains above Tuolumne, Calif., then back to Amarillo, Texas, to stand in soup lines and take the food back to her crippled mother.
Estle Lea graduated from high school in 1941 in Newcastle, Wyo. During WWII she moved back to Amarillo and was working at Walgreens at the lunch counter when she met her future husband, Joseph ‘Joe’ St. Pierre. He was training in the Army Air Corps at the time. They married in Amarillo after he returned from England when the war was over.
Before getting married, Estle Lea worked in the office of the Santa Fe Railroad in Amarillo. Joe, Estle Lea and their daughter, Joyce, moved to Custer, S.D., in May 1952, and it continued to be her home until her death. Estle Lea was a loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her daughter, Joyce, remembers being brought up in a home where her mother was singing hymns and praising the Lord as she went about her daily tasks. Estle Lea was and is a great testimony and example to her family and loved ones.
Estle Lea died Aug. 13, 2012, in Custer. She was 91.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; sister, Louise Cloud; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce (Ron) Spear of Custer; grandchildren, Troy (Sammi) Spear of Black Hawk, S.D., Tracey (David) Williams of Custer; great-grandchildren, Anthony Williams, Joseph Williams, Charity Williams, Daniel Williams, Philip Williams, Braydon Spear and Brett Spear.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Mountainview Baptist Church in Custer with Pastor Matt Furse officiating, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Custer Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Mountainview Baptist Church. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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