Nora Ward Estes
Nora Ward Estes, 89, of Ruckersville passed away
Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Nora was born March 19, 1925 in Free Union,
Virginia. She was a daughter of the late Lewis A and
Annie Haney Ward. In addition to her parents she was
preceded in death by her husband Lee Smith Estes,
three sisters, Myrtle V Ward, Luna Dodson, Nolly
Via, and three brothers Rhodes W Ward, Sr., Marshal
L Ward and Mason H Ward.
Mrs. Estes owned and operated her own beauty
salon for over 50 years. She was a devoted homemaker
and loved cooking, baking and preserving foods from
their family garden. She also loved to teach others
how to can, freeze, make jellies, preserves,
pickles, juices and sauces.
Nora often said if she had any talent, it was in
her hands. She loved to do hand work and was very
talented as a seamstress, quilter, crochet,
needlepoint and knitting. Nora demonstrated and
taught many others these skills. This first was done
via the Home Demonstrators Club and then part of The
Stitchers, a home craft group. If anyone was having
difficulty with a project, Nora was the one sought
out for help.
Nora loved Spring Hill Baptist Church where she
became a member after marrying Lee. Nora and Lee
were active members of the church. Her husbandís
family played an important part in the early days of
Spring Hill and Leeís family were founding members.
Nora taught Sunday school for over 25 years. To
this day her students remember her, the lessons she
taught them and how she encouraged them to learn the
books of the bible.
Mrs. Estes is survived by one niece Bonnie
Fitzgerald of Charlottesville Virginia and a nephew
Rhodes Ward Jr. and his wife Linda, a godchild
Rebecca Waters and her husband Michael of Lexington
park MD, 3 great nephews Jeffery Ward and Chris Ward
of North Carolina and Todd Ward and his wife
Stephanie of Crozet, Virginia. There are also many
other great great nieces and nephews in Maryland and
She wishes to thank her good neighbors for their
wonderful care. They are her children she never had
and a wonderful little boy named Caleb Deane, who
she loved dearly.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00
P.M. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at
2620 Frays Mill Road, Ruckersville.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at
the Rev. Brandon Ives, Rev. Dan Carlton and Rev.
Leroy Davis officiating. Interment will follow
Baptist Church Cemetery
Memorial contributions may be made in Nora's
memory to Spring Hill Baptist Church, 2620 Frays
Mill Road, Ruckersville, VA 22968.
An online guestbook is available at
Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville is in charge of