Born March 11, 1925, in La Prairie, Illinois, Emma was the daughter of John Truman and Mae Harrington Balfour.
Emma was born in Illinois and moved with her family to Oklahoma during the depression. She attended school in Clayton, IL and graduated High School at Rutledge, Missouri. Her mother passed away when she was seven years old. She grew up in West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. She had a great work ethic, enjoyed traveling and loved spending time with her family. She especially liked working in Yellowstone National Park and Death Valley Park. Emma attended the Church of Christ at Memphis, Missouri.
Surviving are her daughter Billie (Jim) Nytes of North Dakota; her grandchildren, Cris (Rebbecca) Behrens of Salt Lake, Utah, Sheila Remley of Arbela, Missouri, Jaye Curran of Quincy, Illinois, Kim (Bobby) Fink of Iowa, Garrett (Jane) Curran of Shenzen, China, Nicky (Arash) Farahar of Champaign, Illinois, Luke (Stacey) Remley of Memphis, Missouri, Tara (Craig) Friar of Wellington, Colorado, Jesse (Crystal) Behrens of Longmont, Colorado, Lacey (Adam) Hulme of Loveland, Colorado, and Brandi (Eric) Glass of Memphis, Missouri; a family friend and care giver, Karen Norton of Memphis, Missouri; and twenty-two great grandchildren.
Emma was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Sandra Remley and Patricia Reed; five sisters, Helen Virginia and Mildred Jeannette Balfour in infancy, Margaret Adams, Letha Florence McPherson, and Loretta Walters; four brothers, Russell, Joseph, Herschel and Larry Balfour; one niece, and four nephews.
Funeral services will be held 10 AM Saturday, July 25, 2015, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri. Dr. Jeffrey Davis will officiate the services. Burial will be in Mt. Horeb Cemetery near Golden, Illinois.
Music will be recorded selections and “Amazing Grace” played on bagpipes by her grandson Jesse Behrens.
Casket bearers will be Cris Behrens, Jesse Behrens, Lucas Remley, Jaye Curran, Craig Friar and Eric Glass.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2015, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Horeb Cemetery Association. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537. www.hudsonrimerfh.com