WINTER HARBOR – Eleanor I. Estes, 81, passed peacefully Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, after a heroic fight with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born May 24, 1924, in Carbondale, Mich., to Arch and Clara Gibbs and is survived by an older sister, Marion. Eleanor was the first in our family to attend college, where she studied business and after completing courses took a position with Nash-Kalvinator in Lansing, Mich. During the war she joined the Navy and worked in offices in Florida and the capitol building in Washington, D.C. While there, she met a young Navy radioman, Martin C. Estes from Tulsa, Okla. Their love together strengthened them while they followed the Navy from base to base and raised three fine sons. Of the many countries and states they lived in, the town of Winter Harbor and the beautiful coast of Maine was their choice for retirement. After raising a family, Eleanor went back to work for the Navy. Her retirement 17 years later gained her many citations from the Navy and the last sentence of one says it all- “Her honesty and integrity were of the highest order. Mrs. Estes’ exceptional professionalism, initiative and loyal dedication to duty reflect great credit upon herself and the Naval Security Group and the U.S. Civil Service.” She was always a Christian and helped found the Ellsworth Assembly of God Church. She had many friends who called her mom and her house was always open. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Martin; and her youngest son, John. She is sorrowfully missed by sons, Mike and Ben; daughters, Jane, Susan, Molly, Laura and Ida. Grandchildren include, Sara, Corinne, Michael, Mindy, Timothy, Christina, Johnny, Josh; and nine great-grandchildren. The family would like to express special thanks for the care Eleanor received from Jin Young Roy and Susie McLaughlin at Young’s Elder Care Home, Old Town. Their skill and care during this past year have been beyond measure. Friends are invited to visit with the family noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, 215 Main St., Ellsworth, where funeral service will commence 2 p.m., with the Rev. Burt Lowry, officiating. Spring interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Winter Harbor. Donations in memory of Eleanor may be sent to the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic, Clinic Road, Gouldsboro, ME 04607.