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Ocala - Surrounded by her loving family, Emma Jean Van Devender passed away on June 16, 2012. Born on September 14, 1930, Emma was the oldest daughter of six children of Harry and Blanche Cooke of Jesse, West Virginia. Joining her parents, she is reunited in heaven with her husband of 52 years, Paul H. Van Devender. Emma married Paul on March 20, 1956 in Charleston, W.V., and was married for 52 years until his passing on August 19, 2008. Prior to moving to Florida In 1999, Emma was a resident of East Palestine, Ohio and was a member of Chapter #381 OES (Eastern Star). She currently is a member of First Congregational Church, of Ocala. Her family was her true joy. She had two daughters, Mary Ann (married Philip Cole), and Sheila Hull of Ocala, FL.; and a son, Paul A. (married Julie Costantini) Van Devender, of Canfield, OH; five grandsons, Christopher and Shannon Cole, Anthony Ferris, Ryan and Aiden Van Devender; four granddaughters, Megan Scott, Ashley Kovacs, Nichole and Olivia Van Devender; sixgreat-grandchildren, Haden, Paris, Alyssa, Addison, Morgan and Scarlett. Her family will hold a memorial service at a future date. Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Roberts Funeral Home, 6241 Southwest SR 200, Ocala, FL., 34476. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of TimberRidge Nursing Center for the excellent care provided to Emma. Memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith Emergency Services or ARC of Ocala are welcomed and appreciated. Arrangements are entrusted to Roberts Funeral Home, Bruce Chapel West, 352-854-2266. To leave condolences:
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from June 20 to June 21, 2012