Estella M. Awwiller

March 09, 1906 ‒ July 29, 2006

Fredericktown, Ohio

Estella M. Awwiller, age 100, formerly of Fredericktown, died Saturday July 29, 2006 at the home of her daughter Sue McFarland, where she had resided for the past 7 years. Estella was born March 9, 1906 in Guernsey County to Charles Edgar Gillespie and Jennie (Neel) Gillespie. She graduated from Northfield High School near Canton and earned her degree in elementary education from Muskingum College at New Concord. Estella taught all eight grades in a one-room schoolhouse for 7 years from 1926 to 1933 when she met and married her husband Clarence G. Awwiller. As married women were not allowed to teach at that time, Estella helped Clarence on their 200 acre farm in Morris Township. After raising her family of five children she returned to her career as an educator and retired in 1971 from the Mount Vernon School System where she taught kindergarten, first and second grades at Dan Emmett Elementary School.

Estella was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fredericktown and took great pride in providing the alter flowers at church, which she arranged from her own flower garden. She was a member of the Westside Club in Fredericktown, the Retired Teachers Association, Country Culture Club in Morris Township and Ann Hill Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Fredericktown. Her many interests included ceramics, China painting. Estella loved to work in her flower gardens, and for the past seven years she enjoyed watching the birds and llamas at her daughters farm near Mount Vernon.

Surviving are her children Charles Awwiller, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Neel (Barbara) Awwiller of Fredericktown, Larry (Carolyn) Awwiller of Bellville, Sue (Don) McFarland of Mount Vernon and Jane (Larry) McCarthy of Mount Vernon; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and her sister-in-law Rowena Workman of Mount Vernon. Besides her husband Clarence, Estella was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law Sue Joyce Awwiller, her brother Craig Gillespie and two sisters Laura Patton and Mary Martin.

Throughout her life Estella touched a multitude of lives and many will miss her.

Funeral services will be 12 noon on Tuesday August 1, 2006 at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown with Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown. Friends may call at the funeral home two hours before the funeral service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.

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