Lois Jean Wood Estell
August 31, 1944 - July 14, 2017
Born in Gloucester County, NJ
Resided in Roxboro, NC
Lois Jean Estell (nee Wood) of Roxboro, NC (formerly of Clayton, Glassboro, and Mercerville, NJ) passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017, at the age of 72. She is the wife of Harry S. Estell, Jr., formerly of Millville, NJ. They were married on September 1, 1973 in the Clayton Baptist Church. They celebrated 43 wonderful years together and forged countless fond memories.
Lois was born in Woodbury, NJ, August 31, 1944, the daughter of Jesse Peter Wood and Betty Wood, both deceased. She is survived by her brother, Jesse Allen Wood and sister-in-law, Elaine Wood, now residing in Durham, NC. She is also survived by niece, Carrie, and nephews, Adam and Joshua.
Lois retired from the Department of Environmental Protection, State of NJ, in 2006. She worked in Banking for many years before joining the State of NJ as an administrative assistant.
Lois enjoyed her quiet time at the lake, watching all the wildlife from the comfort of her kitchen window as country music filled the air. Her dogs would follow her from room-to-room just happy to be at her side. She would walk her West Highland Terrier, Coconut, and her new puppy, Spark-E, around the neighborhood. And like most terriers, they found it amusing to bark at all critters with furry tails. It is a known fact, Lois Jean, loved all living creatures, great and small. Her favorite passion was camping, including the hours, of preparation that preceded the trip. She frequently recalled the fond memories as a child camping in Maine with her family and close friends. She introduced her husband, Harry, to camping and they spent many vacations pitching tents, building camp fires, boating, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. This time together provided stories that will last forever.
Lois graduated from Clayton High School in 1963. She was a member of the Booster Club and was Captain of the JV field hockey team. She was a proud Clayton Clipper and the first to graduate from the newly constructed High School in 1963.
A private gathering for family and friends will be held at the residence in Roxboro, NC, to celebrate the life of Lois Estell. Lois Jean will be missed here on earth, but the Lord Jesus Christ will be welcoming her into his fold.
In lieu of flowers make a gift by visiting: www.gifts.duke.edu/cancersupport in fond memory of Lois Jean Estell.