Myra Blanche Estes

Born in Newfoundland, Canada on February 13, 1940

Departed on August 19, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mrs. Myra Blanche Estes, age 79, of Hendersonville, TN passed away on August 19, 2019. She was born in Newfoundland, Canada on February 13, 1940 to the late Fredrick and Alvina Blake.

Myra loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling and spending a lot of her time shopping. She married the love of her life, Mr. Joseph Estes, Sr. in July of 1959 and together they had 3 children.

Myra is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joseph Estes, Sr.; children, Sharon Colleen Layne, Joanne Delane Wilson, and Joseph Andrew Estes, Jr.; eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, one great great grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Roswell; and one brother, Robert Blake.

A life celebration will be held at 2:30pm, Friday, August 23rd at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 5-8pm on Thursday evening. Internment will be Monday, August 26 at 10am at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

15 Comments to Myra Blanche Estes

  1. Bob and Rebecca Vanderpool
    August 20, 2019 6:28 pm

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  2. Henry Ike Rich
    August 20, 2019 11:51 pm

    Henry Ike Rich
    16 mins ·
    Myra Estes What a beautiful canvas of the old Birch Island Bridge. Would love to have bought some tickets for a chance to win if I didn’t life so far away. Memories of my happy childhood are flowing. My father Fred Blake helped plan and build this bridge. I can still hear my father, Uncle John Crane and Jenson Hope talking about the plans. It really hurt daddy (and I am sure as well as all the other parents) that their children had to face so many challenges to get to school. In my case we had to walk from the upper end of Birch Island to the lower end. Then Marina Baikie Algeo or Harry Baikie would paddle us across the creek to the mainland. During the school year us kids giggled, crawled, slipped, and sled up and down the muddy, icy, and snowy creek banks off the Hamilton River, each carrying a chunk of frozen wood for school. Once we got to the top, now all we had to do was walk half way down the Hamilton River Rd to school. Oh my, we could hardly wait to hold our hands towards the waiting, and crackling fire in the old wood stove. On like our parents, us children had no worries. Although we had a daily five mile trip to school each day we were happy kids. We were happy to walk to school, despite a few days of nearly freezing to death. lol. How little did us children know, that just this side of Heaven was a place called the Birch Island Bridge.
    Written by Myra, so sweet, a glimpse of her life in Labrador;

  3. Henry Ike Rich
    August 20, 2019 11:56 pm

    Henry Ike Rich
    16 mins ·
    Myra Estes What a beautiful canvas of the old Birch Island Bridge. Would love to have bought some tickets for a chance to win if I didn’t life so far away. Memories of my happy childhood are flowing. My father Fred Blake helped plan and build this bridge. I can still hear my father, Uncle John Crane and Jenson Hope talking about the plans. It really hurt daddy (and I am sure as well as all the other parents) that their children had to face so many challenges to get to school. In my case we had to walk from the upper end of Birch Island to the lower end. Then Marina Baikie Algeo or Harry Baikie would paddle us across the creek to the mainland. During the school year us kids giggled, crawled, slipped, and sled up and down the muddy, icy, and snowy creek banks off the Hamilton River, each carrying a chunk of frozen wood for school. Once we got to the top, now all we had to do was walk half way down the Hamilton River Rd to school. Oh my, we could hardly wait to hold our hands towards the waiting, and crackling fire in the old wood stove. On like our parents, us children had no worries. Although we had a daily five mile trip to school each day we were happy kids. We were happy to walk to school, despite a few days of nearly freezing to death. lol. How little did us children know, that just this side of Heaven was a place called the Birch Island Bridge.
    write by Myra

  4. Henry Ike Rich
    August 21, 2019 1:11 am

    ‎Myra Estes‎ to Birch Island, Labrador
    May 21, 2014 · Hendersonville, TN, United States
    Thanks for accepting me to your group today. What I wouldn’t give to see some Birch Island family, friends, and neighbors again. My parents Fred & Alvina Blake with their three children; Myra, Howard, and Barbara moved from Mud Lake to Birch Island about 1944. We were living in a tent while daddy built our first house out on the bank and down around the middle of the Island. Warren & Marie [Goudie] Morris’s house was on one side of us and Mark & Margaret Blake on the other side of us. In fact, my brother Freddy was born in Warren & Marie’s house because Aunt Lily Goudie the mid-wife found the tent to damp to born a baby in.

    Our second home was built about 1946 on the upper end of Birch Island, just up from Stanley Blake’s house. Stanley later sold his house to Wilbert “Didders” Michelin. My brother Peter Isaac was born in our second house with Ida Chaulk being the mid-wife. I have lots of happy and a few sad memories from Birch Island. Uncle Horace Blake and Aunt Madeline “Maddie” Michelin was married at our house and Aunt Jean Crane’s oldest daughter Virginia was born there. Happy!! The saddest memory was when our home burned down in 1950 and we lost Freddy and Peter in the fire. Mum & dad built a fenced memorial garden in their memory. I heard there was a sawmill built there several years later.

    Didn’t mean to go on and on. But it’s so very sad to think about our beloved Birch Island home, where nobody lives there anymore – you can’t help but think of our lovely little Birch Island where the beautiful Hamilton River flowed, or of the happy times once spent there. My memories abound in those forgotten homes, where we played, sang, danced, married, and lived happily, places where children grew up and played; places where people were born and died. Thanks for letting me share. Myra Blake Estes Myra”s writings always, made rain in my eyes, but today they are over flowing, to much rain, may your soul travel the earth all the way to Birch Island, on its way to a sweeter place;

    • fred pottle
      August 21, 2019 5:38 am

      condolences to all the family an friends rip myra , i remember going to visit you s with robert on the base an birtch island may you always be there .

    • Amanda Harden
      September 2, 2019 2:05 am

      So thankful for your shared memories. My Gran is my best friend and my one I care deepest for. I will forever be missing her.
      I will truly miss all her stories like this that she has always shared.

  5. Crystal Bridges
    August 21, 2019 5:23 am

    My grandmother was a remarkable woman. She was always on the go in her younger years. She loved her family more than anything. She had more friends than you could count. She always brought a smile and laughter to a room. She was compassionate and talented in so many ways. She cared for everyone deeply. We mourn our loss of this incredible woman, but rejoice in the life she lived. We are better people because she touched us all.

  6. Darlene Hefler Mackey
    August 21, 2019 6:34 am

    Condolences to the family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Myra is/was a very close childhood friend of my mom Shirley (Chaulk) Hefler and we always called her Aunt My was speaking of her. I can still hear her beautiful laugh and her saying to my mom ” Shirley Girl”. Rest in peace Aunt My and Thank you for the beautiful memories.

  7. Reta Saunders
    August 21, 2019 8:00 am

    We are saddened to hear of Myra’s passing; she had such a bright colourful and loving presence that she will certainly be missed. When Stanley and I visited 41 years ago celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary she went all out to make it a trip of a lifetime; we were fortunate to have had her and Joe visit us in our home in Happy Valley and in New Brunswick and to have went with them, Barb, Sandy ,Willie and Jean to Sherbrooke Nova Scotia; those memories and so many more are precious to us. Sending our love and hugs to the Blake/Estes family; you were the jewels in her crown. Wish we could be there, may God be with you as you walk through this very difficult time.

  8. sam saumders
    August 21, 2019 4:33 pm

    She is at peace. She touch many lives with her kindness and humor. God Bless.

  9. Virginia Moriarty Davis
    August 22, 2019 2:43 am

    Peace and Comfort to Joe & family & Barbara & Robert at this difficult time: After we moved back to Labrador, I remember Myra and her good friend Shirley Hefler telling me I used to be their doll & they would push me in a carriage. Myra apologized for dropping me once. Yesterday, mom, her aunt Jean spoke about the older girls taking turns pushing whatever toddlers and babies were around on aunt Phyllis’s deck.
    I remember Myra as a beautiful teenager in a dress with a full skirt. Aunt Phyllis gladly made adjustments to the dress top so she could wear to a dance. A few years later, I remember my dad learning to play “The Tennessee Waltz” on his fiddle so he could play it especially for Joe on their wedding.
    My happiest memory of cousin Myra was one Summer day at the beach with her & her sister Barbara & boys & Aunt Ello and my parents and my adult sisters at North West Point. A family day to treasure.

  10. Diane Montague
    August 23, 2019 7:49 am

    Sorry to hear of Myra’s passing , She was a very good friend with my parents Ruth and Louie Montague , I remember the many times she would come to our house in North West River visiting for the weekend with her family and their little dog Tessa ,and we would go to there house on the base it was always lots of fun, I became friends with Sharon and spent a lot of good times at their house on the base. I,ll always remember visiting at Christmas she always had her house decorated so beautiful,it was like something out of a magazine
    Sending condolences to all her family , from our family, our prayers and thoughts are with you all

  11. Henry Rich
    August 23, 2019 7:24 pm

    To Joe Estes and family; from Aunt Jean (Blake) Crane; of Labrador; We are sad to hear Myra has, been called home by the Angels & our Ancestors. Auntie Phyllis and I kept her a lot when she was growing up.Our family always loved her. We send you all our love Joe.Myra, rest in peace. God bless. Hi Joe and family Grand Ma Crane, asked me to post this for her;

  12. Aimee Chaulk
    August 26, 2019 8:55 am

    I only got to know Myra a few months ago, as I was working on the Birch Island issue of Them Days, but I so loved our phone calls and chats about Birch Island and the early days of Happy Valley, and she told me about her friendship with my Aunt Shirley. I’m so glad I got to know her, even if just for a short while. My sincere condolences to her family. I know she will be greatly missed. She told me many times about how proud she was of her children and grandchildren.

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