canada africa partner reservation Trudy Jeanne Estes – Vicksburg Daily News

Trudy Jeanne Estes – Vicksburg Daily News


Trudy Jeanne Estes died suddenly on May 2, 2024. She was 70 years old and suffered a massive heart attack in the home she shared with her husband Gary.

Trudy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to many. She was known for her sweet, friendly and compassionate attitude. Trudy was a very intelligent and witty lady with a penchant for puns. She was known for her warmth and caring personality.

Trudy grew up in southwestern Colorado where she developed her love of the mountains and her love of horses and riding. Her father was an accountant for the Mesa Verde National Park concessionaire in the 1960s. They lived within the boundaries of the park and she attended one of the last one-room schoolhouses in Colorado. She graduated from Montezuma High School in Cortez, Co and then attended junior college in Durango.

She worked as a nurse and draftsman for several years before returning to school at Colorado State University, where she graduated with honors in 1991. After joining ERDC in 1992, she returned to Mississippi State University to earn her master’s degree. She followed that up a few years later with a doctorate from Louisiana State University.

Trudy dedicated 29 years to her work at ERDC in the Environmental Lab, where she excelled as a civil engineer and research program manager. She received numerous awards and accolades for her work. During her career she has achieved several technical breakthroughs in the field of research into hazardous waste and contaminated sediments. She served on the PIANC Committee and traveled around the world in support of that work. She retired in December 2020.

Trudy and Gary married in 1999 after several years living outside of Vicksburg, where she had room for her horses. She was a very skilled rider and competed regionally with her beloved Warmblood Paloma. She was very inquisitive and thirsty for knowledge, always wanted to learn new things and was known for her attention to detail. She loved her peonies and other flowers and was especially proud of the “volunteers”.

She and Gary loved to travel. Arkansas and Colorado were favorite destinations, but anywhere new was appreciated. Being at home with Oliver, her horses and Gary was her favorite activity. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her parents; Robert Norwood Jr. and Betty Barrett Norwood.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Gary Estes; her brother, Bob Norwood (Patsy) of Magnolia, TX and her children Justin Olin (Kari) of Glenwood Springs, CO, and Katie Gribnitz (Ken) of Palestine, TX. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Lauren Morrow (Nathan) and Lindsay Estes (both of Vicksburg, MS), and her grandchildren Colton Olin, Jesse Gribnitz, Jasmin Foley, Rhavin Gribnitz, Loghan Gribnitz, Conan Gribnitz, Garron Snyder and Brynlee Morrow. .

Trudy’s family would like to thank her for the brave efforts of the Merit Health ER staff and all first responders.

Visitation for Trudy will be held on Friday, May 10 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Avenue in Vicksburg, MS, followed by the funeral service from 11:00 PM to 12:00 PM. A reception will follow at her home at 406 Dogwood Lake Drive. in Bovina, MS. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

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