Octavia Jane Estepp, 72, of Floyd County, died Aug. 2, 2012. She was born March 17, 1940, in Johnson County, to the late Shirley Davis and Buford Williams.
She is survived by a daughter, Constance Nicole McGuire, a retired clinical laboratory scientist; her daughters father, Dr. Phillip Edwin Estepp; a grandson, Patrick M. McGuire, an honors student in college; a sister, Shirlene Conley; a brother, Jason Davis; a niece, Tina Conley Kiser; and a nephew, Tony Conley.
Ms. Estepp was a graduate of Paintsville High School class of 1957. She then attended nursing school, where she was president of her class and received a degree as a registered nurse. She graduated with honors and was at the top of her class.
Her career spanned four decades. Ms. Estepp was a very dedicated nurse. She found much joy in her nursing profession. She had many specialties. She worked at the Cleveland Clinic in open-heart surgery, UK Medical Center in neurosurgery, Floyd County Health Department, ER charge nurse in the early 1970s, director of nursing at Patty A. Clay in Richmond, director of nursing at Eastern State Mental Hospital, and Charleston Area Medical Center in orthopaedics. Other specialties included geriatrics, as she was the director of nursing of our local Mountain Manor Nursing Home in the late 1960s. Her other specialties included neonatology and surgery. She was the surgical nurse at Prestonsburg Hospital and Highlands Regional for the retired surgeon Dr. Cook.
She had the opportunity to travel extensively and lived for a short time in France.
After a long and difficult illness, she rests in the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our family finds much comfort in the knowledge that she is no longer suffering and walks with our Savior, as she was a Christian woman. She will be missed by her family, patients and friends.
A small memorial service will be held Friday, at 1 p.m., at Allen Baptist Church, with the Rev. Arnold Turner officiating. For inquiries, call (606) 872-2994.
The family suggests that mourners either send flowers or make a donation to the American Heart Association.