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Dorothy Leone (Johnson)  Estes

Dorothy Leone (Johnson) Estes
  • September 4, 1916 - June 30, 2017
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Hi Deb and John, I was just commenting on the great picture of Dorothy in Facebook when I read a little further and learned of her passing. She had a...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Tim Emmerson - Downers Grove, IL

“Deonne & Tim, Deb & John, and family, We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. May God comfort you during this sad time and bring back...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Robin McGrath - Traverse City, MI

“Deonne,I am so very sorry about the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are sent to you and your family.Nancy ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy Lack - Battle Creek, MI

“We always enjoyed your parents at the ball games. She was a lovely lady and very nice. We are so sorry Debbie and John for your loss. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jim and Debbie Hock - MI - Friend

“She was a great lady she will be missed prayers for your family as you go through this loss ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Sellen19 - Hampton, VA

“So sorry for your loss. I was always so impressed by the love and devotion felt by all of Dorothy's family. She was a beautiful and selfless soul. ...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Deb Yezic - Caledonia, MI

“My Twin sister Carol and I send our heartfelt condolences to your family. Your funeral home was instrumental in taking care of our parents, Orvis...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Sandy Berry - San Diego, CA

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Jim and Laura Culver - MI

“Deb and John, Deonne and Tim, and families, I am sorry for your loss, but happy for Dorothy to be at peace. Many good memories of she and Don! I am...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Craig Kempf - Friend

“Please accept our heartfelt sympathy at the death of the matriarch of your family. May God bless your bereavement even as he guides you in your...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Eugene and Lois Wagner - MI

“Dorothy will always be remembered with love as one of two of the most loving, gracious, humorous and fun to be with mothers I have ever grown up...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Sue Fencl - Battle Creek, MI

“A friend of long standing....many great times with Dorothy and Don...MSU football games...etc.,etc., even some events watching the grandkids....all...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Deb and John and family. So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I love both of you dearly and you will be in all of the Frost prayers and...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Patrick Frost - Olivet, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs.Estes. May God's comfort give you peace and strength during this sad time. (Psalm 29:11) ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Mary

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Dorothy Leone (Johnson) Estes died peacefully in her sleep at Trudy's Home on Friday, June 30, 2017.

She was born September 4, 1916 in Belding, Michigan the daughter of Lawrence Lee "LL" and Gladys Ione (Kelly) Johnson. Dorothy grew up in Lansing, graduated from Lansing Central High School and earned an Associate's Degree from Acme Business College in Lansing. She was employed at Estes Leadley Funeral Home in Lansing, where she met the man of her dreams, Don. Dorothy L. Johnson was united in marriage to Donald F. Estes on February 3, 1951 at Maple United Methodist Church in Battle Creek. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband, Don on July 4, 2008. Surviving are two daughters, Deborah J. (John) Dowdle, Deonne F. (Tim Shaw) Estes both of Battle Creek; five grandchildren, Cory (Kori) Dowdle of Grand Rapids, Bart (Janelle) Dowdle of Fenton, Stacey Smith of Brooklyn, NY, Jessica (Darriel) Alsobrooks of Battle Creek, Adam Dowdle of Kalamazoo; 7 great-grandchildren and another on the way; a sister, Arlene Brandt of Portland, OR; a sister-in-law, Norma (Jack) Wallace of Valparaiso, IN and several nieces, nephews and their families. In addition to her husband, Dorothy was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Velma Volker Knowles and three brothers-in-law, Don Volker, Bob Knowles and Bob Brandt.

Dorothy was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and a former member of the Martha Circle. She was very devout, prayerful and enjoyed reading the Bible and read through it twice. She was a volunteer for the former Community Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed dancing with Don, playing Bridge, golfing and bowling. She will be remembered as a very loving and devoted wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma and sister, always putting everyone else first. She had an incredible memory, was a good businesswoman, very detailed, a hard worker, always forgiving, a good listener, maintained a great sense of humor and always had peanut M&Ms out for her family.

Friends will be received 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral services will be officiated by Rev. David L. Morton 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church or The Battle Creek Community Foundation. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at