Italy Estep

Italy Shannon Estep (Slider)

Tuesday, June 8th, 1965 - Tuesday, April 13th, 2021
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Services for Italy Slider Estep will be at 1PM, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, Leesville, LA, under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria, LA. Visitation will be from 10 AM to 12 PM Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Magnolia Funeral Home, Alexandria, LA.

Italy Slider Estep was born on June 8, 1965 to loving parents Lewis Nelson and Gloria June Slider. She graduated from Alexandria Senior High in 1984 and was active in gymnastics and softball. She honorably served this Great Nation in the United States Army. She was a loving and compassionate person who was full of joy and laughter. Italy loved her family, friends, poetry and the arts, and helping others. She was an advocate for equal rights, world peace and the less fortunate. Italy was a great mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. She was a wonderful person who will be deeply and truly missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Lance Slider.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Clint Estep; parents, Lewis and Gloria Slider; brother, Jack Slider; sister, Angel Ray and grandchild, Blaze Estep; nieces, Mandy Coffey, Shannon Coffey, Taylor Smith, Chancey Slider, Jessica Liles and Sydney Ross; nephew, Johnny Coffey as well as countless other family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Jack Slider, Jeff Ray, Malvin Torres, Peter Cephas, Samuel French, Eathon Liles and Issac Lair. Honorary pallbearer will be Clint Estep.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Magnolia Funeral Home
    1604 Magnolia Street
    ALEXANDRIA, LA 71301
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  • Service

    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 1:00pm
    Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
    3348 University Pkwy.
    LEESVILLE, LA 71446
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    Services are graveside at Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
  • Interment

    Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
    3348 University Pkwy.
    LEESVILLE, LA 71446
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Private Condolence

Sharon Maddox

Posted at 12:52pm
April 21, 2021 Funeral date for Italy Estep

Dear Lord,
I offered Holy Mass for Italy this morning and the Morning Office. Accept the prayers of your people for Italy and all prayers for the faithful departed. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. Thank You for Your Great Sacrifice and Your forgiveness and mercy upon us. I continue to pray for Italy's soul to be at rest and for the moment that she will be granted the Beatific Vision. Bring us all into full Communion with You, Sovereign Lord God. Grant healing and comfort to her family and lead them Heavenward in hopes that they all meet again. Amen.

Jesus speaks:

"Italy was and is a kindred soul that longed for Love, sometimes in all the wrong places. Ultimately, she longed for My Love in those around her. Heartache brought Italy to understand that sometimes choosing the comforts of the world do not always lead to fulfillment of what the heart truly needs- Eternal healing and comfort.

When the Spirit springs forth from souls that have opened themselves to receive that which is Love, then access is sometimes granted to another soul even when it is not seeking that which it needs but only seeking that which it thinks it needs. This is why it is important for each of you to open yourselves up to your God and receive forgiveness by your heartfelt Confession before He who has granted mercy and forgiveness in the person of the priest. It is I who will come to forgive you, and I who will grant the necessary Grace to see you through.

Stay close to Me, and I will grant you many open doors that lead to Salvation along the narrow road. If you get off track, quickly you will be prompted to return. Be patient with yourselves. Italy has to be patient with herself as she is purged of this wrong thinking she learned from others and from the dependence on superficial crutches that she often turned to for comfort. Your prayers will alleviate her suffering, then she too will walk and talk with Me as many of her ancestors do.

Pray now and pray always, Children. Offer all things to Me, and do all that you do to the Glory of the Father. Your conviction and determination will see you through when you cling to Me."

Jesus speaks to Italy's soul: 11:35 am

"Rest, My little child, for now. Soon you will be relieved."

Jesus speaks to Italy's family and friends:

"Pray, Children, pray. Deliver your sister unto Me by your prayers and heartfelt love and obedience. Be loyal even now."


Stacy Walker

Posted at 09:36am
I had the honor of meeting Ms. Italy a few years ago. She was a kind soul and I will miss her. My condolences to her family.

Tanya and Harley

Posted at 01:24pm
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Sharon Maddox

Posted at 12:31am
Italy Shannon Estep June 8, 1965 - April 13, 2021 April 16, 2021 Dear Lord God, Thank You for wanting to speak. My heart grieves for Italy. She was such a sweet, tenderhearted person and so very young still. "Dear Sharon, Many hearts grieve this day and the days ahead for Italy. She had many friends over the years and some enemies as well. Satan was her biggest enemy, for he sought that she should fail, but toward the end of her earthly journey, he ultimately lost. Tell your friends that no one knows the exact hour I will come calling, but all should be ready regardless. Many are the days of turmoil, but I offer a better way- a way of peace and utter joy that can never be stolen from each of you. Pray and follow Me. While traps are set by the enemy to keep you from your Eternal Reward, I stand boldly to see you through. Do not hesitate to lean on Me, to empty yourselves out, and be filled with My Life that makes earthly life worth living. I did not create you to be perfect in every way. I chose you and gave each of you the will to freely choose whom you want or wanted to serve. Some started out the right way and then chose the road that led far from Me. Some chose the rocky road and then, although they veered off, they looked up to Me for assistance, and by My Grace were saved. Others chose to do it their own way, apart from Me; these were lost forever. Oh how I never give up on any soul, no matter how far the soul may have wondered away in darkness. Oh, but only if souls would pray for one another, unite in prayer, and trust that I am God with the Loving Faith given at Baptism, imagine how many souls would not be choosing to separate themselves from My Love eternally. Oh how sad it is when My children fail to realize that there is a Hell where souls go that reject My Love. My Heart grieves for souls in danger, and My heart pursues them up until their very last breath on Earth. Be not likened to those who see what they desire and have nothing to give in return. After all, what does every soul long for? To be loved, is that not right? Come then, one and all, to the Springs of Living Water, to the Bread of Life and be fed. My Sacraments are where you will find refreshment for your souls. My Sacraments are where you will find strength to fight the good fight by allowing Me access to have My way in your hearts. I long to be one with you and in you and through you. Be one in Me. Come and be fed. Seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened for those who long for the Source of All Love. Come and rejoice, for the Bridegroom awaits your coming back to Me. Trust that I am worth following. Walk in the ways of the Living God, and Satan will surely lose all ground where your feet shall pass. I Love you. Be Mine, for I long to flood your hearts even while you decide to come follow Me."

Chiquita Mccray

Posted at 07:11pm
My heartfelt condolences to the family...
Italy was a great friend with a big heart... she loved unconditionally and I am truly gonna miss her.. she was the type of friend that always said I love you girl at the end of every phone conversation and some time she would end it with one of her lovely poems...
Rest in Heaven my dear Italy....

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