Estella M. Wideman(1922 - 2013)

Estella Marie Wideman, 90, St. Clair, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Estella was born in Anaconda April 8, 1922, the daughter of John David Busse and wife Wilma "Nellie," nee Cowan.

On Aug. 21, 1937, she was united in marriage to Ralph Edward Wideman and three children came to bless this union.

Estella is survived by her three children, Bobby Joe Wideman and wife Phyllis, Carlos Pierce and husband Don, all of St. Clair, and James Wideman and wife Sharon, Union; one sister, Lucille Mullis and husband Fred, St. Clair; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great-, great-great- and great-great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Wideman; parents, John and Wilma Busse; four brothers, Johnnie Busse, Herman Busse, Carl Busse and Louis "Louie" Busse; and four sisters, Lena Payne, Eileen Gauer, Kathryn "Katie" Engelken and Gertrude "Gertie" Cox; and stepmother, Nellie Busse Hedgcoth.

Estella was a Christian and lifelong member of First Baptist Church, St. Clair. She had been a past member of St. Clair VFW Post 2482 Ladies Auxiliary.

As a young woman, Estella had been employed by Deb Shoe Factory, St. Clair. For most of her working years, she was a cook for Lewis Cafe, St. Clair, the St. Clair School District and, most recently, at Pizza Shack Restaurant, St. Clair. She was well known for her pies and also her chicken and dumplings.

Estella had a variety of interests throughout her life, including cleaning, cooking and sewing pieced quilts. What meant most to her was the time spent with her family. Estella's children and grandchildren held a special place in her heart, as she did in theirs. The love they shared and memories they created will forever be cherished by them all.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Revs. Raymond Laramore and Cliff Day officiating.

Interment was in Anaconda Cemetery, St. Clair.

Memorials may be made to Anaconda Cemetery or New Chapel Hill Cemetery, both in St. Clair.

The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.

Published in The Missourian on Feb. 6, 2013