Oleta Estelle Crouch Fannin was born April 20, 1920 in Jacksonville, Texas, the fourth child and first daughter of seven children born to William and Henrietta Crouch; died October 31, 2010, in San Antonio. She lived a long and happy life and was met by a host of family and friends when she crossed the River Jordan.
Estelle moved with the family at a young age to Madisonville, Texas, where she grew up working in the family clothing store, W.L. Crouch & Sons. Estelle was a champion tennis player and salutatorian of her graduating class at Madisonville High School and married Casey Fannin on October 2, 1941. Together they made homes in Madisonville, Pittsburg, Odessa, Bryan, Tyler, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas; in Columbia, Missouri; and in Manila, Philippines. They established Fannin License Service in San Antonio and Austin in 1972. Estelle also traveled in France, Italy, and England. She loved the outdoors, was a master cook and a dedicated gardener. She enjoyed bridge, golf, reading, and volunteered for many organizations, among them Methodist Hospital Bluebirds, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other civic groups. Estelle was a life member of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her children and their spouses and families: daughter, Pamela Fannin and John P. Wilkinson, Jr., John P. III (Trey) and Kimberly, Damon and Tina and Evelyn; son Casey C., Jr. and Melanie Fannin and Casey III; son Michael Everett and Rachel Fannin, Michael, Jr. and Sheena, and Sean. She also is survived by one sister, Mary Ann Darby, Huntsville, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is set for Saturday, November 27, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Madisonville. We sorely miss her…