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Emma Herndon

Emma Jean Herndon (Ash)

Friday, January 30th, 1925 - Friday, May 15th, 2020
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Obituary

Emma Jean Herndon, 95, of St. Joseph passed away Friday, May 15, 2020, at The Whitcomb Senior Living Community in St. Joseph. Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel.

A private family burial will take place in Oaklawn Cemetery, Batesville, Ark. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Emma Jean Herndon “showed up” for life. Whether that was teaching AWANA, Sunday school or being a part of prayer committee. She enjoyed baking for any occasion and you couldn’t leave her house without taking a little treat with you. Emma Jean and her husband Hayden owned and operated Herndon’s Tasty Grill on Niles Ave. in St. Joseph for many years, retiring in 1973. She worked very hard throughout her life and even into her late 80’s was a caretaker for several elderly folks.

Grandma ...You were more than just a Grandmother to us. You helped shape who we are today and always provided unconditional love and support. We won’t think of what we didn’t get to do or say but rejoice in the memories we have with you. We can rest knowing you are with your Lord and Savior and reunited with your family. We love you from here to Arkansas and back again. Until we meet again…..Love Jeff, Dana, Brooke and Britney

Emma Jean is survived by her grandchildren-Dana (Scott) Humes, Jeff (Lisa) Kirshenbaum, Brooke (Brendan) Gualdoni & Britney (Steve) Burkett; ten great-grandchildren-Michael (Danielle) Humes, Tyler (Olivia Payne) Humes, Nick (Emily Mara) Humes, Frances Lou Gualdoni, Esther Marie Gualdoni, Hunter Hayden Burkett, Colten Stephen Burkett, Grace Lou Burkett, Josh & Halley Kirschenbaum; her brother Willis Dean (Joy) Ash of Deshay, AR,; her sister Rosie (Ken) Saupe of Brimfield, IL; and numerous nieces & nephews. Emma Jean was preceded in death by her husband Hayden in 1997, her children-Sgt. Thomas Herndon in 1970, Linda Bowman in 2002, Corinda Herndon in 2015, and siblings-Jerald Ash, Arvel Ash & Pauline Stinson.
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    First Baptist Church - St. Joseph
    Address
    902 Broad Street
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Due to Covid-19 precautions, Services will be announced at a later date. Private burial will take place in Batesville, Arkansas. Memorial donations in Jean's name may be made to First Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Michigan

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Sami Stevens

Posted at 08:28pm
Super G was the best grandma I never knew I needed. I loved seeing her all the time. I will miss her hugs and her I love you hunnys.
She definitely made her mark on the girls at the Whitcomb.
Sami

Ron Patzer

Posted at 07:15pm
Your grandmother was a truly remarkable person. She treated everyone with so much kindness and warmth. Whenever I saw her, she always made me feel like family. She was a wonderful, gracious lady. I’m sure there is a joyful reunion taking place, in heaven right now. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

Ron Patzer

Posted at 07:12pm
Your grandmother was a truly remarkable person. She treated everyone with so much kindness and warmth. Whenever I saw her, she always made me feel like family. She was a wonderful, gracious lady. I’m sure there is a joyful reunion taking place, in heaven, right now. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

Ron Patzer

Posted at 06:33pm
Your grandmother was a truly remarkable person. She treated everyone with so much kindness and warmth. Whenever I saw her, she always made me feel like family. She was a wonderful, gracious lady. I’m sure there is a joyful reunion taking place, in heaven, right now. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

Ron Patzer

Posted at 06:32pm
Your grandmother was a truly remarkable person. She treated everyone with so much kindness and warmth. Whenever I saw her, she always made me feel like family. She was a wonderful, gracious lady. I’m sure there is a joyful reunion taking place, in heaven, right now. My sincere condolences to the entire family.
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