Eda F. (Bickford) Estey, 89, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, after a hard-fought, decade-long battle against dementia. A private memorial and funeral service is planned.
“Dunky”, as she was called by her family and close friends, was born on May 24, 1928, in Randolph, VT, the daughter of Pearl Drake and Emma (Bryant) Bickford. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1946.
She married Alva “Bill” P. Estey, Jr. on June 14, 1947. Eda and Bill were married 67 years, only separated by his death in 2014.
Her profession and career was devoted to her family and home in Springfield and later Weathersfield. She was an avid reader and news buff. She also enjoyed word puzzles and was a great lover of all animals.
She is survived by her son, Jon Estey and his husband, Lou Waryncia, of West Claremont, NH; one grandson, Gavin D. Estey, and his fiancé, Holly Corbett, of Woonsocket, RI; her daughter-in-law, Lori Estey of Meriden, NH; a brother, Lyman D. Bickford of Lancaster, SC, along with several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband; a son, Gregory D. Estey; and three sisters, Pearl “Peg” Young, Idamae “Tiny” Laitinen and Lois Martin; also her beloved cats, Kaiser and Tootsie.
Eda spent the last few years living in Stoughton House at Historic Homes of Runnemede in Windsor. Her family is very grateful for the dedicated and loving care she received there.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be sent to the Springfield Humane Society.
Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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