Estelle Winfred Barber (Rollins) 5/13/22 to 5/23/10
Born at home to Joseph Winfred Rollins and Virginia Belle Rollins on Machotic Creek in Rokeby, Virginia an area commonly known as the "Pumpkin Neck". She was the 9th of 10 hungry children. Her family farmed and fished the Creek. She lived through the great depression on white and sweet potatoes. She loved mashed potatoes to the very end. Her father died when she was three and she and her younger sister, Esther Thompson were forced to fend for themselves when her mother married an abusive man. She and her sister Esther were passed from family member to family member and eventually migrated to Washington DC at ages 17 and 14 where Estelle got a job working for the Ma Bell as a telephone operator and Esther went to work in a factory making straws. They lived in a boarding house. They both dreamed of marrying sailors stationed at Dahlgren Naval Proving Grounds located on the Potomac River. They both got their wish. Mrs. Barber was married to E. C. Barber for 64 years before he passed 9/3/2007. They had many adventures together. Estelle was on the first boatload of dependents to occupy Bremehaven, Germany after WWII. They also had tours of duty in Panama Canal Zone and Rio de Janeiro Brazil where they made many lifetime friends. Mr. Barber's last tour of duty was at New London Submarine Base in Connecticut. When he retired, they moved to Sandbridge, Virginia where Estelle continued to work first as a telephone operator at Oceana Naval Air Station and then as a supervisor over the other operators until she too retired. They built a beautiful house two blocks from the beach on a canal that led to Back Bay and entertained many friends and family in that house for 20 years. Many crab feasts were held on their back porch overlooking a canal. Every Fourth of July fireworks were shot off while the whole crew sang patriotic songs and the children danced around with sparklers. The bought several RVs and traveled the whole U.S. and parts of Canada with Esther who was widowed young. When they became too old to haul in all the soda, beer and groceries up the steps to their home that was built on pilings (to protect it from hurricanes) and to do all the cooking needed to feed everyone, they retired again to a little home in a retirement community called Ancient Oaks in Okeechobee, Florida where they only had one guest bedroom and could accommodate fewer visitors. Estelle played golf, bridge, bingo, did needle point, painted, did a cross word puzzle every day, listened to Fox News and read the Palm Beach paper cover to cover. When the two of them became too ill to take care of themselves, they moved once again to Wimberley, Texas to live with their only child, Virginia Riley. Estelle loved to sit on the back porch, drinking coffee and watching the birds and squirrels. It was due to her interest in attending church after a long hiatus that brought her daughter to the Lord and who was finally baptized in the back yard swimming pool at the age of 65. Estelle was diagnosed with cancer Jan 29, 2010. She fought a hard battle but went to be with the Lord May 23, 2010. Her pain is over and she is at last with her beloved husband. She is survived by her daughter Virginia, her son in law, Leonard Riley and her beloved grandchildren Harry B. Carawan, III Esq. and Courtney Noel Carawan, hair dresser and her great granddaughter Katelyn Noel Maddrey. She will be memorialized on Wednesday, May 26th at 10 a.m. at Thomason Funeral Home in Wimberley. The Reverend Janet Hunter will preside over the service.