Estelle, 92, of Okanogan, died April 26, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents Wesley and Maud Bennett, eight brothers and sisters, and one grandchild, Ritchie Murphy.
Elvert, 95, of Okanogan, died May 26, 2012. Elvert was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Myra Billingsley, seven brothers and sisters and grandchild, Ritchie Murphy.
Estelle and Elvert were born and raised in the Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas areas. They were married in October of 1940.
Elvert served in the military service in WWII away from Estelle for three years. After returning home they began their family of four children: June Murphy of Oregon, Rodney Billingsley of Okanogan, Phyllis Flick of Arizona and Janice Schoonover of Okanogan.
They moved to Oroville, in 1951 and worked on Ted Thorndike’s orchard for 22 years. They raised their family there. They retired and moved to Okanogan, where they resided for 33 years.
In 1953, they were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses, and spent a great part of their life sharing the Bible message of the good news of God’s kingdom, with hope of living forever on the earth and hope of resurrection from death to life on earth in paradise.
They were married and devoted to each other for 71 years. After the loss of Estelle in death, Elvert died one month later of a broken heart in grief over the loss of his loving wife. Their four children, 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and extended family and friends will deeply miss them.
Many thanks to all those giving medical care and comfort, (A special thanks to Hospice).
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and Okanogan Co. Crematory LLC are in care of arrangements.