Maria “Ester” Estrella Carmack


    Maria “Ester” Estrella Carmack (nee Academia) of Steelville, Missouri was born on Saturday, January 12, 1952 to Faustino Torres and Nacy (Daan) Academia and passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the age of 68 years, 3 months and 9 days.


    Ester was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines where she went to school and later attended school for tailoring.
    She met Robert Gene Carmack Sr. while he was stationed in the Philippines and they later married on March 10, 1972 in Olongapo City, Philippines.
    Ester worked as a cook at Kelly’s and Voss Truck Port in Cuba, Missouri and the Huzzah Club in Steelville, Missouri.  She later worked at Tacony Manufacturing in St. James, Missouri.
    She attended First Apostolic Church of Cuba, Missouri.  She loved cooking, was a nurturing woman who loved caring for and feeding people.  
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Faustino Sr. and Nacy Academia; parents-in-law, William and Ruth “Jeanette” Carmack; siblings, Zenith (Maurice) Ross, Roland Academia; three other infant siblings; and brothers-in-law, Steve Carmack and Donald Turnbough.
    She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert “Bob”Carmack Sr. of Steelville, Missouri; children, Robert “Rob” Carmack Jr. (companion Rachael Harris) of Cuba, Missouri and Chanda Carmack (fiance Ronald Boggs) of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri; five grandchildren, Landon Alexander of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Emelia Blair of Levelland, Texas, Nicholas (Abigail) Lunsford of Ft. Gordon, Georgia, Raquel Carmack and Chella Carmack, both of Brownfield, Texas; two great grandchildren, Brielle Blair and Corbin Blair, both of Levelland, Texas; siblings, Jean (Telles) Flores of Pflugerville, Texas, Ligaya (Bill) Hicks of Waddellville, Arizona, Amy Academia, Marites Duero, Zerick Academia and Faustino Academia Jr., all of the Philippines; brother-in-law, William “Bill” (Kathy) Carmack of Lafayette, Indiana; sister-in-law, Barbara Turnbough of Davisville, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Private visitation and funeral was held on Monday, April 27, 2020 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Pastor Michael Stephens officiating
    Burial was at the Schwieder Cemetery in Steelville, Missouri.
    Service was live streamed on the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri’s Facebook page at noon.  
    Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.

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