Estelle Oveta Connel, age 89, of Orange, Texas, passed peacefully from this life and joined our Heavenly Father on Monday, June 22, 2020. Graveside services, under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home, will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Wilkinson Cemetery in Orange, Texas, with Bro. Jeff Bell officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Dorman Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Estelle was born in Anderson, Palestine County, Texas on Wednesday, July 2, 1930, to parents, Nanny Mary Ella (Nix) and Lewis Augustus Forrester. She came to know the love of her life when she met Edgar B. Connel. The couple married in Orange, Texas on December 20, 1945 then moved to Clyde, Texas shortly thereafter. On February 18, 1947, the couple had their first child, Eddie Wayne Connel, whom, unfortunately, passed away on July 28, 1948. The couple then moved back to Orange where they then welcomed their second child in 1950, Allen Clark Connel. Collecting antique porcelain dolls and all sorts of costume jewelry were two purchases you could always count on her making, no matter the abundance she already had. Cooking was a wonderful talent of hers with a specialty in deserts. She also had a servant’s heart with a very nurturing mannerism, especially for animals. It was never uncommon for her to stop and render aid when she saw an injured bird on the road or any animal in distress for that matter. She took in a multitude of animals that she nurtured back to health and released back into their natural habitats. Estelle remained a longtime resident of Orange where she was known and loved by many, until moving to Oakwood Manor Nursing Home in Vidor, Texas.
Estelle was a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and wonderful friend, who will forever be loved and missed by all who knew her.
Estelle is survived by her loving son, Allen Clark Connel and wife Cheryl; grandson, Shane M. Connel and wife Tori; grand dog, Tala, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Estelle is preceded in death by her loving husband of 70 years, Edgar B. Connel; son, Eddie Wayne Connel; parents, Lewis Augustus Forrester and Mary Ella Nix Forrester; sisters, May Lee Wagner, Georgia Faye Williams, Augusta Cleo Burkhart; brothers, Milton Lewis Forrester and Hershell Wendell Forrester, Sr.
The family would like to extend a very special, Thank You, to the wonderful staff at Oakwood Manor Nursing Home, as well as, Bro. Jeff Bell.
Pallbearers honoring Estelle’s life are, Shane Connel, Dale Wagner, Phillip Williams, Josh Dyson, Madison Dyson and Tori Connel.
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