Estella Belle (Gearhart) Dole

Estella Belle (Gearhart) Dole


Estella Belle (Gearhart) Dole, 90, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Kirksville Manor Care Center in Kirksville.

Born November 28, 1927 in Livonia, Missouri, Estella was the daughter of the late Vern and Ethel (Newman) Gearhart. Estella was also preceded in death by one brother, Orville Gearhart; one sister, Lucille Gearhart; one niece, Francis Graughn; sister-in-law, Mary Gearhart; brother-in-law, Richard Beck, son-in-law, Jim Cartwright, and one great-nephew, Cade Simon.

Estella is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Clark of Lindale, TX and Marsha Stewart and husband Terry of Kirksville, MO; two sisters, Lois Beck of Centerville, IA, and LaVerne Dover and husband Doren of Portland, TX; twelve grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; seventeen great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Estella resided most of her life in Putnam and Adair counties and received her education in Putnam County, Missouri. She was employed for McClellan's Dime Store, later Mattingley's over ten years before going to work at Hollister Inc. where she was employed twenty-three years until retiring.

Her hobbies included playing the guitar and ukulele, dancing, singing, latch hook, reading, and going on car rides. Estella was very devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Estella was a member of Jehovah's Witness and was very devoted to her faith.

Estella has been cremated and a private family service will be held at a later date. She will also be interred in the Rose Cemetery in Graysville at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to her daughter, Marsha Stewart for help of expenses, and may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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