Mary Etta "Esty" Wooten

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Mary Etta 'Esty' Wooten, 87, Shelbyville, died Sunday, May 4, 2014, at her home following an illness. She was the last surviving of 15 children of the late James B. and Minnie Lee Warren Wooten. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute. She was an excellent cook and caterer, having worked for King's Daughters Hospital for many years. She also cooked for Kiwanis and for the Pollard, Mitchell and Wooten Families. She was a lifelong, faithful member of the Clay Street Baptist Church, where she had previously sang in the Pastor's Choir and Senior Choir and served on the Kitchen Committee. She enjoyed reading her Bible, calling on sick friends, working in her garden, fishing and working crossword puzzles and word searches in her leisure time. In addition to her parents, one daughter, Gwendolyn White, one son, Ronald Gay, nine sisters, Anna E. Sullivan, Ethel C. Gullion, Archie P. Wooten, Mason L. Hayes, Lillie M. Wooten, Etta K. Wooten, Mildred F. Wooten, Cecile Hayes and one unnamed infant sister; five brothers, James W. Wooten, Leonard R. Wooten, Austin L. Wooten, George A. Wooten and William M. Wooten and one daughter-in-law, Vicky Lee Wooten, preceded her in death. Survivors include one daughter, Rosalyn I. Wakefield; two sons, Wayne Wooten and Aubrey Wooten; two life-long, devoted friends, Mary Anna McNeal and Dr. Wanda Lott Collins, all of Shelbyville; 16 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation 2-4 p.m. Friday at Webb Funeral Home and 6-9 p.m. Friday at the church. Rev. Ronald L. Holder will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. On-line condolences may be expressed at

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Published in The Sentinel-News from May 6 to May 13, 2014