Alberta Rill Brickell Emch, 95, of Glenwood, formerly of rural Emporia, Kan., died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Hospice with Heart in Glenwood. Alberta donated her body to medical science. A memorial service will be held in Kansas, June 22, 2013, at the Saffordville United Methodist Church. Memorials may go to the Tabor Public Library, to Hospice with Heart of Glenwood or to the Saffordville United Methodist Church.
Alberta was born Aug. 31, 1917, near Cedar Point, Kan., to Zimri Albert and Bonabeth Gruwell Brickell. She rode a horse two miles to a one-room schoolhouse from first through eighth grade, and drove a Ford Roadster to high school in Cedar Point. She graduated from Kansas State Teachers
College (now Emporia State University) in 1937 and taught high school English and speech in Marion, Kan., and later in Americus, Kan. On Aug. 3, 1941, she married, Timon Alvin Emch, at the First Presbyterian Church in Emporia. They lived in Wichita, Kan., where Al worked for Boeing. During World War II, Boeing sent them to Cleveland for a year where Al inspected parts Fisher Body was making for the Boeing B-17 bombers.
In 1943 Alberta and Al returned to Wichita where their only child, Lyndabeth, was born in 1945. In 1948 they bought a farm north of Saffordville, Kan., where they lived until Al died in 1992, and where Alberta continued to live as a widow for another 18 years.
Alberta taught Sunday school for 75 years, from the age of 15 - 91, with a year off when she lived in Cleveland. Alberta was a 64-year member of the Saffordville United Methodist Church. At 92, she left her beloved Kansas farm to live with her daughter and son-in-law in Tabor. At 94, she moved into an apartment at Linnwood Estates in Glenwood, next door to where her great-grandchildren went to school. She loved their frequent visits and kept candy on hand for them. Alberta always looked for the best in any situation and her Iowa years were happy ones.
Alberta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother and sister-in-law, Albert G. and Wanda Brickell. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lyndabeth and Ross Silcock of Tabor; her grandchildren Matt Silcock (Caryn) of Chicago; and Jacque Butler (Brian) of Houston; her great-grandchildren Zack and Claire Silcock and Ava, Allegra and Will Butler; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.