|The rich, full earthly life of Estelle Darsey Dameron came to an end on January 28, 1996. She was the widow of the Reverend George W. Dameron. They met on the campus of L. S. U. where she was a student and he was director of the Y.M.C.A. and did graduate study in mission and the Bible at Scarritt College and Iliff School of Theology. They had one son, Dr. George W. Dameron, Jr., who preceded her in death. She served both the Louisiana Annual Conference and the South Central Jurisdiction Women’ s Societies of Christian Service as Secretary of Missionary Education. She also served the larger church as a member of the Board of Missions and on standing committees of Spiritual Life and Missionary Education. She was president of the LA. W.S.C.S., 1961-1966. She taught for many years in Christian Workers Schools and in Schools of Missions and Christian Service.
During her lifetime she was recognized as an excellent teacher of the mission studies and she went throughout the country doing this work. She not only imparted the message of the studies but through the excellence of her teaching techniques she brought new insights to all who participated in her studies. She is greatly missed throughout United Methodism but nowhere more than in her own church, First United Methodist Church, Pineville, LA.
She and Brother George lived in the first retirement home built by the Louisiana Conference Retired Ministers’ Home Board. She taught for many years the Pairs and Spares Sunday School class. Out of her ministry in that class have come some of the present church’s leadership.
During her last years the visits of her many friends of the Louisiana Conference meant so very much to her. Her pastors gave constant attention to Estelle during the time spent in the nursing home.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 275, By Rev. Art Baker|