Date of Death: April 10, 2020

Service Details

In accordance with her wishes cremation will be conducted and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Obituary Notice

Patricia Ann Estes, age 75, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020 at Bickford of Battle Creek Assisted Living.  She was born in Ypsilanti, MI on January 19, 1945 the daughter of Emmery L. and Sarah B. (Edwards) Snyder.

She graduated from Mendon High School in 1963 and earned her Associates Degree from Glen Oaks Community College.

Pat loved to read, travel all around the United States, and enjoyed puzzles.  She was married to Ronald Higgins and a second marriage to William Estes.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Leon Leroy Snyder.

She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda (Mark) Dechnik; sons, John Higgins and Eric Higgins; grandsons, Cameron Higgins and Ryan Dechnik; sisters, Nancy (Quinton) Daniel and Goldie McClain; brothers, James Snyder and Charles (Norma) Snyder; many nieces and nephews.

Additional Information

Memorial donations may be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association.  Envelopes available and may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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  1. I am John Higgins. I have been grieving for my mother a lot and miss her greatly. I came back this week from my new home in San Diego, CA. I took a walk today from a home we lived when I was a child in Three Rivers. I went to the Carnegie Center for the Arts, which used to be the public library. I followed as closely as possible, from what I could remember, the route we would have taken there. Mom would walk us kids down to the library regularly to check out books. She did love to read and encouraged me to do the same. Reading has been an important part of my life. My mom gave me a lot. That was just one thing out of the many. However, it was something special to me that I shared with her. I loved my mother a lot and spent a lot of time with her in recent years. She supported me in every way and I miss her so much. I thank everyone for the kind words they shared in her memory. May she be at peace. May she be free and at rest. Her memory will always be with me.

  2. Pat is my mom’s youngest sister. I have many fond memories of Pat. I remember when we were kids and Pat and her brother Chuck would watch us. We always had a good time but they did play plenty of pranks on me and my 2 sisters as we was still in that innocent age and would believe whatever they told us. She will be greatly missed and am so glad I got to see her every year at our family reunion. RIP Aunt Pat as you had a very long journey. God has you now and you are rejoicing with him. We love you and will join you someday.

  3. When my dad brought my Mom and baby sister home from the hospital, I was so excited to be able to help mom with my baby sister. I was nine years old . As adults my sister Nancy and Pat and I enjoyed much sister time together and long talks in our pj’s. I miss her so much but know I will see her again. Love you sister Pat♥️

  4. Pat was my cousin and I spent a lot of time with her when I was young as I was at my Aunt Sally’s (her Mom) a lot. Growing up around her had a positive impact on me. I wanted to be like her and I wish I would have told her. Pat was a beautiful woman inside and out! The last time I saw her was a lunch at the Oasis in Three Rivers. RIP beautiful!

  5. Pat is my Aunt . She is my Mothers youngest sister!
    I have so many fond memories of her. We spent a lot of time with her growing up . She was always so helpful, giving and so much fun .I remember her being silly . She loved to read.
    Aunt Pat was beautiful and always seemed so confident with whatever she was doing.
    I was able to see her also while she was at Bickford back in February. We walked in the second day and she looked up , smiled and said, “ Linda”! God sure gave us a miracle that day . She was glowing . I will miss her very much . Love you Aunt Pat. I will see you one day ❤️

  6. Pat is my moms youngest sister so I grew up spending a lot of time with her. She was beautiful in many ways. I remember her always looking her best. She was always smiling and was very kind. She came to all family gatherings, and was so pleasant to be around. I remember her always having a book she was reading. My last memory of her now was visiting her at Bickford and she had a big smile when we walked in… I loved her very much and will miss her dearly. Love you Aunt Pat♥️

  7. So very sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. She was a very giving and kind sole. She graduated from Mendon as I did a four years later so knew of her but knew her until she began working for the County. I enjoyed getting to know her and working with her. She introduced me to a new author as she loved to read also. She would stop at my house on her daily walks around the neighborhood and we would visit. I will miss her smiling face. RIP Pat

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