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Edna Alice McDowell Estep


1921 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Edna Alice McDowell Estep Obituary
Edna Alice McDowell Estep, Mrs. William R. Estep Jr., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Gambrell Street Baptist Church. Interment: Valley View Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole. Memorials: Should friends desire, memorials may be given to the Gambrell Street Baptist Mission or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Edna Alice McDowell Estep was born Aug. 18, 1921, in Dalton, Ohio, the daughter of Merl Hassler McDowell and Elda Sprunger McDowell. She grew up on the farm of the United Presbyterian School in Frenchburg, Ky., where her parents were Presbyterian missionaries. She graduated from high school and enrolled at Berea College, Berea, Ky., and obtained her teaching certificate after attending Eastern Kentucky College. She taught school in the one-room schoolhouse at Westminster, Iowa. On Dec. 23, 1942, she married William "Bill" R. Estep Jr. of Williamsburg, Ky. Both attended Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville. Mrs. Estep graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in religious education. She served with her husband as he pastored churches at Viney Fork, Ky.; Cold Springs, Ky.; Valley View, Texas; Marietta, Okla.; and First Baptist Church Houston Heights, Houston, Texas. She taught Sunday school classes, served in the Women's Missionary Union and hosted visiting evangelists and missionaries in every place they ministered. She continued to serve after Dr. Estep was called to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1954 to teach in the church history department. After their son Martin died, she taught as a substitute teacher in Crowley's elementary school. Mrs. Estep accompanied her husband on numerous overseas mission trips and sabbaticals. In Cali, Colombia, she taught first grade at the Colegio Bolivar. She supported Dr. Estep and the family on sabbatical trips to Rushlikon, Switzerland; Barcelona, Spain; Little Stuckley, England; Oxford, England; and Hong Kong. They also served at the Baptist Seminary in Calgary, Canada, and at the Baptist Institute in Trujillo, Peru. She also assisted Dr. Estep on many student trips to Europe to visit important Reformation and Anabaptist sites. Perhaps her favorite endeavors were teaching pre-school Sunday school at the church she loved, Gambrell Street Baptist in Fort Worth, and hosting students, missionaries, family and friends at their home. She was especially loved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss her dearly. All who knew her loved her servant spirit and tireless energy in helping make their home a place of spiritual refuge for all who came their way. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Dr. William R. Estep Jr., who died in 2000; a daughter, Alice Ann, who died in 1947; a son, Martin Andrew Estep, who died in 1969; her father, Merl H. McDowell; mother, Elda McDowell; stepmother, Ruth Leet McDowell; brothers, Merl, David and John McDowell; and sister, Jane Leet. Survivors: Son and his wife, Merl and Vivian Estep of Palestine; daughters and their husbands, Drs. Rhoda and Terry MacDonald of Orinda, Calif., Mary and Barry Morgan of Hurst and Lena and Randall Gipson of Longview; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Marion Cuddeback of Washington, Iowa, Elda Ruth Lorah of East Liverpool, Ohio, Esther "Pat" Varner of Towanda, Kan., and Margaret "Peg" Parcell of Lockridge, Iowa.
Published in Star-Telegram on Apr. 12, 2013
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