Obituary for Dr. Emma Jo Crain, PhD

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Dr. Emma Jo Crain, PhD

Died: February 19, 2017

Dr. Emma Jo Crain, PhD, 80, of St. Peters passed away peacefully on February 19, 2017.
The loving mother of David Crain, Walter (Michelle) Crain and the late Teresa Jo; cherished grandmother of Sydnie and Samuel Crain; beloved daughter of the late Alfred and Margaret Crain. Emma Jo was preceded in death by her siblings, Betty Adkisson, Ellen Revelle, Pauline Crain, Paul Crain, Jim Crain, Raymond Crain, Allen Crain, Leroy Crain and Otis Crain.
Emma Jo enjoyed painting, animals, teaching children how to read and most of all, being with her grandchildren. Emma Jo was lead to continue her education after the death of her daughter. Teresa suffered from hydranencephaly. The experience she gained with raising Teresa was her driving force to receive her bachelor’s degree in special education. Her doctoral dissertation was written on the socioeconomic status of students with mental disabilities. The Alabama Legislature used the dissertation as a basis for new laws allowing people with mental disabilities to receive vocational education. Emma Jo proudly received her doctorate in special education from the University of Alabama in 1979.
Emma Jo’s family wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of St. Peters Manor. She was treated like a queen from the staff.   The compassion and care from Nurses and Company will not be forgotten. The ceremony that was arranged for her in 2011, to “officially” receive her doctoral hood was above and beyond the call of duty.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Mount Olive Cemetery in Doolittle, Missouri. The family will visit with family and friends from 11:00 am until the services begin at Noon at the graveside. The family would prefer memorial contributions be made to either the Teresa Jo Scholarship or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

 

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery-Doolittle

Address:

17744 Co Rd 8190
Newburg, MO 65550

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm -

Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery-Doolittle

Address:

17744 Co Rd 8190
Newburg, MO 65550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery-Doolittle

Address:

17744 Co Rd 8190
Newburg, MO 65550

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Teresa Jo Scholarship

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Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

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Jeanne Sivewright posted on3/18/17

Emma Jo became my "sister" five or so years ago, when I was introduced to her as a volunteer. We looked alike with our stylish gray hair and tall thin stature. We were pranksters, introducing ourselves as sisters a few times, only to fess up soon after, as we were believed without hesitation. Our visits began with a McDonalds ice cream cone, and ended with a reading from the Jesus Calling book. In between, over the years, we watched for unique birds (using her bird book) at the feeders outside her window, and laughed at the antics of the squirrels. Her boys made sure the feeders were full at all times. We perused her portfolio of artwork periodically, and chose our favorites; agreeing as always, that our most favorite was the one that hung on her wall - a tractor in the field, in front of a lovely barn. We read Emily Dickinson poetry, listened to classical music - Beethoven's Für Elise being her favorite piece to play, worked crossword puzzles (too hard), and talked about our favorite flowers. Her favorite was her prized purple and ivory iris hybrid. We read that "God laughs with flowers". And of course we talked. Emma Jo had fascinating stories of growing up in large family in the Springfield area (I think I can finallly name all of her siblings in birth order, lol, and know little bit about each of them). Her mother was wonderful cook as it was her profession for part of her life. Emma Jo said that a few of her favorites were her mother's stewed rhubarb, blackberry pie, and homemade egg nog. I made the first two, and brought her samples. Not so sure about the nog. Raw eggs make me nervous but she insisted homemade was best, as she made the real nog for her boys, and their friends. She reminisced about her journey to attaining a PhD from her humble roots at the School of the Ozarks, however, it was with the most joy, she talked about raising her family, with the hardships and profound rewards along the way. She was keenly aware that David and Wally were very attentive and protective, and she was so grateful that "they had her back" as she became more vulnerable with age. I will miss her. You can be sure I will be looking her up when I cross over :) Thank you David and Wally for allowing me to spend time with your mom. Thank you Nurses & Company for bringing Emma Jo and I together.

 

Jayne Crain Hall posted on2/26/17

Aunt Emma Joe, as I remember her, was a sweet, friendly and good woman who I know will be missed. The family reunions with my Dad's family every summer are memories I will not to forget. My condolences to David and Wally and their respective families.

 

Colleen Crain posted on2/26/17

So many years since I have seen my Aunt Emma Jo, but I see that her beautiful smile never changed and I am reminded of how sweet she always was to my sister and me. My condolences to my cousins David and Wally and your families. May you rest in peace. Your niece, Colleen Crain

 

Margaret Ince posted on2/21/17

My deepest sympathy to David and Wally for the loss of such a wonderful mother. I have several wonderful memories of aunt Emma that I will hold dear to my heart. She will be truly missed. Love Margaret

 

Steve Hogan posted on2/21/17

Emma Jo was an awesome lady, as well and our (Chris and myself) friend. She will be missed

 

Debbie Bragg posted on2/21/17

My condolence for the loss of Aunt Emma. She was such a fun aunt. As one of my favorite memory of her was when she lived in St. Louis. Mom, Margaret and I would visit her often. Aunt Emma would put a record on. Aunt Emma and mom would be doing the twist and be teaching Margaret and I the dance. All 4 of us would be having the best time laughing and dancing. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for David, Wally and the family. Love Debbie

 

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