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Nada June Estes

Nada was loved, admired, and appreciated and is remembered for her commitment to enriching our world, listening to and comforting others, and challenging those she met to reach their highest potential. Nada died peacefully on October 19 at her home in Issaquah, WA, at the age of 82.

Born July 20, 1930, on a 160-acre farm near Paton, Iowa, to Lewis and Lena Fatka, she was the youngest of seven children. Although they were cash poor, her family enjoyed abundant food from the farm and found strength and meaning within the church community. Nada's education included a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Iowa, an M.S. in Nursing from the University of Colorado, and post-masters study at the University of Washington. Nada served on the faculty of the University of Colorado, School of Nursing (1958-1961) and the University of Washington, School of Nursing (1962-1992). She taught courses on psychiatric/mental health nursing and was known worldwide for her pioneering work educating nurses to care for people with alcoholism and drug addiction. From 1947 to 1963, Nada and her friends took advantage of summer breaks and short-term nursing assignments to see the world - New Mexico, New York, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Western Europe, Mexico, and the brand new Disneyland in California.

In 1963 Nada met Duane Carl Estes and they married on August 22, 1964 in Bellevue, WA, where they lived for 42 years. Daughter Annette was born in 1965 and Tonya in 1967. Along side her faithful, loving, and quick-witted husband, she continued regular travels and enjoyed studying the Bible, participating in book discussion groups, baking desserts, walking and hiking, taking care of her grandchildren, and spending time at the family cabin on Lake Shuswap, BC. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Bellevue, where she formed many deep friendships.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband; two daughters, Annette of Seattle and Tonya (Sean Goddard) of Kirkland; three grandchildren, Skylar and Estelle Mercer and Veronica Goddard; and three sisters, Rachel Klocksiem, Fern Mead, and Ruth Harrison. Her father, mother, and three brothers, Paul, Howard, and Wilbur preceded Nada in death.

Funeral services will be held November 3rd at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Bellevue with Dr. Rev. Beryl Ingram officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Bellevue. Memorials are suggested to the UMC of Bellevue or to .
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2012
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