Ranger Jennifer Speaks: Christmas Parade, Carter Mansion and the Loss of Marjorie Estep

Jennifer had some important news and I thought I would pass it all along. The first is about Christmas at Carter Mansion and the Christmas Parade this weekend. The second is Marjorie’s unexpected passing.

Elizabethton is ringing in the Christmas season on Saturday, December 3rd at 6 pm for their annual Christmas Parade through the old downtown!   We will have a float in the parade with thanks to Kristina Twitty, Michael Barnett, and Andy Hall for coordinating this effort!   This is also the 2nd night of Christmas at the Carter Mansion, so as soon as the parade is over, come on over to the mansion and enjoy a warm 18th century evening!   If you need to borrow clothing for the event, Jason Davis will be available to help you –  He will be at the park on Thursday, December 1st from 2:30 – 4:00 pm and again on Saturday, from 1 – 2 pm.    Please work with him on these times as he has much to do getting ready for Christmas at the Carter Mansion, along with other obligations. If you drop in at other times, he probably won’t be there.  If you need to speak with him, call him at the park at 423-543-5808.   At 3 pm, Kristina will be meeting everyone at the park, in the lobby, to prepare the candy canes with little notes about the Carter Mansion event, to give out during the parade. Please make every effort to be there to help her as there are MANY candy canes!  If you need to contact Kristina, her email is kristina.twitty@gmail.com   If you are going straight to the parade, please be in line no later than 5:30 pm.

Dear Friends,   I’m sorry to have to share this sad news. I just learned this morning that Renee DeBriel (our Nancy Ward in Liberty), lost her mother, Marjorie Estep, last Friday.  Many of you most likely know Margie.   For many years she also joined us in the drama in the role of a Cherokee woman.  Always smiling, Margie helped in many facets of drama prep.   Many afternoon’s and evenings you might see her in the clothing room, helping folks get their clothing for Liberty.   Arrangements, taken from the Johnson City Press obituary, are below.  Please keep Renee and her family in your prayers.         Marjorie Estep Mrs. Marjorie Ann Estep, 3025 Highway 91, Elizabethton died unexpectedly Friday, November 25, 2011 at her residence.

A native of Allegheny County, PA she was the daughter of the late Frank L. and Margaret Rose Estock Piontek. Mrs. Estep was a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburg and was a graphic artist for Arbitron Ratings. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Laurel, MD and attended Our Lady of Victory, Harwick, PA. She was an avid doll collector, enjoyed reading, crafts and her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Mark. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth D. Estep, of the home; a daughter, Renee DeBriel, Elizabethton; a son, Frank Estep, Elizabethton; a step-daughter, Carole Ann Hoffiness, Idaho; a step-son, Kenneth B. Hodge, Johnson City; nine grandchildren, Brandon, Tyson, T. J., Dexter, Cheri, Sydney, Ryan, Savannah and Alexzander; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Andrea Piontek-Hajnik, Harwick, PA, and Lori Keranen, Gray, TN and a brother, Frank Piontek, Butler, PA. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Marjorie Ann Estep will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 1, 2011 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home with Father Manuel Perez officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00-7:00 P.M. prior to the service or at the residence at other times.

Condolences may be sent to the family electronically by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book, or by fax (423) 542-9499.

Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the family. Office (423) 542-2232; Obituary line 543-4917.



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