Esta Frances O'Connor


Esta Frances O'Connor, 81, went to her Heavenly home on July 25, 2019 in the presence of her loving son, daughter and son-in-law. Esta was born in Charleston, WV on May 24, 1938. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tom O'Connor; her son, Steve Martin, her mom and dad, Virgie Huddleston Kiser and Edgar Kiser; her brother, Jimmy Kiser and sister, Sandra Littell; and her close friend, Tim.
Esta most recently lived at Hidden Valley in Oak Hill where she loved spending time talking with her friends, playing BINGO and taking care of the needs of the other residents. She had a "Heart of Gold" for those that were less fortunate and she always tried to help others that relied on her to make their lives better and their days brighter.
Esta is the mother of six children, Donna, Cathy, Tammy, Lisa, David and Steve. As a young mom her time was taken up caring for her children, sewing matching outfits for them and keeping a happy home. Eventually, she married the love of her life, Thomas Trainer O'Connor. Together they spent many years traveling, working in their company and taking care of each other when times were easy and hard.
In her later years, Esta lived nearest to her daughter and best friend, Cathy Canterbury. Together they traveled to Las Vegas and Denver, CO to visit family, her sister Rose and her children, Lisa and Tammy and their families, and her granddaughter, Katie and her family. Closer to home, Cathy and Esta dressed up each Halloween, enjoyed lunches of French Toast from IHOP and loved to watched Esta participate in activities. Esta had recently won a beauty contest all dressed up by the staff she loved at the Genesis Healthcare.
Esta was saved and spent her last days praying with her daughter, talking to the Lord about her going to her Heavenly home. She always put the needs of her daughter and friends before her own. Esta was loved by many and will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her children, Donna Owens, Cathy Canterbury and her husband, Thom, Tammy Stonedahl and her husband, Dale, Lisa Chaumont, and David Martin; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Rose Creamer; her four other siblings; many nieces and nephews; and her good friends, Judy and Betty.
The family will receive friends from11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral Services will follow at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Killen officiating. Burial will be held in the Peace Garden of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Honoring Mrs. O'Connor as pallbearers will be the firefighters from the City of Beckley Fire Department.
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