Jean Emanuel, our beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on Aug. 24, 2013. She was 91.
Born July 12, 1922, Jean Luce was a daughter to Bert and Anna Luce, Avoca. She was a colorful and sincere soul to her husband, Leon David Emanuel, and sons, L. David Emanuel II, Bloomsburg, and Jeffrey Bert Emanuel, Dallas, who succeed her. Jean was a lifetime resident of the Back Mountain and Harding areas.
Jean was a graduate of the class of 1940 and took great pride in keeping the graduating group united, well into their 60th anniversary days.
Jean was also a past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star. She was a past president of the Irem Shrine Ladies Auxiliary, a card club member at the Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas, and a member of Mount Zion Methodist Church.
Jean was a devoted fan of her son, David, and faithfully attended all of his harness races at Pocono Downs, where she was lovingly coined ""The Equestrian Monarch.""
Mom was a member of the PA Cider Painters and has a portfolio of lifetime watercolor and chalk paintings and drawings.
For several decades, Jean was the bookkeeper for her husband's business, Emanuel Bus Line, as well as for Emanuel Race Stable.
Mom was a member of a dying breed of voracious pre-Internet readers. Her's are the floor to ceiling-high stacks of books and programs that she lovingly acquired and pored over in her lifetime.
Jean was a master of the art of correspondence. She will be remembered adoringly by those who were fortunate to be in her thoughts and recipients of her uplifting messages.
We were blessed.
A sweet, bright, delightful lady to the end, Jean never lost her charm or her sense of humor. She was the kind of person people enjoyed being with, no matter where she went.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Emanuel, in 2009, ending a marriage span of 61 years.
Surviving are her sons, David and his wife, Patricia, Bloomsburg, and Jeffrey and his wife, Sally, Dallas. Grandchildren J.B., Eric and Emma Emanuel have wonderful stories of Jean's enormous love. Jean was also a great-grandmother to Addison Ellis Emanuel, Bloomsburg. Jean's sister, Doris Robbins, Harding, also succeeds her.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Friends may call 9 a.m. until time of service. Interment following the service will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.
Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, Inc - Dallas
2940 Memorial Hwy
Dallas, PA 18612
Published in Times Leader from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, 2013