Briggs resident Melba Nadine Estes, 78, died Jan. 1, 2008, at Hill Country Nursing Home.
Funeral services were Jan. 4 at Lawler Baptist Church. Burial was at Gillum Cemetery at Oakalla.
Mrs. Estes was born May 13, 1929, in Burlington, and was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Adams of Lampasas from Boys Ranch in Copperas Cove in 1940, where she lived with her brother and sister after the death of their parents in 1931.
Mrs. Estes lived in Lampasas un- til graduation from Lampasas High School. She then attended Texas Woman's University in Denton and Baylor University in Waco.
She married Thomas Jack Estes of Terrell on March 29, 1942.
In addition to being a full-time wife and mother, Mrs. Estes managed a dress shop in Killeen, worked as a substitute teacher and until her retirement, was a receptionist for Continental Cut Stone Inc. in Florence.
She was very active in the Florence Chamber of Commerce and as a volunteer and Green Thumb staff member at the Florence Library.
Mrs. Estes also directed and worked with the First Act Play Group of Florence High School for several years.
She is survived by children, Tom Estes, of Florence, Patti Heffren, of Oakalla, and John Scott Estes, of Lueders; grandchildren, Teri Champlin, Adam Estes, Jerrod Sutton, David Scott Sutton, Chad Estes and Samantha Estes; greatgrandchildren, Bailey and Paige Champlin; a sister, Dorothy Oliver, of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of Oakalla; and a brother, Johnny Junek, of Temple.
The family requested memorials be made to Florence Library, P.O. Box 430, Florence, TX 76527.
Arrangements by The Gabriels Funeral Chapel.