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Knoxville, TN

"Your borders are in the midst of the seas…" [Ezekiel 27:4]

There are those with spirits so bountiful that there are no borders between them and others; their love is a limitless ocean. Emma Sue Cullom Borders was this kind of woman. She had a heart as big as the sea.

Emma was trustworthy and kind. As a dedicated house manager working for Childhelp Founder Sara Buckner O'Meara for 40 yrs, she oversaw complex daily duties that ensured all aspects of life were run with peak efficiency so this important nonprofit aiding abused and neglected children could thrive.

Sara O'Meara remembered, "My parents brought Emma from our hometown in TN. From the moment we met, we connected. She had that Knoxville spirit! She helped raise my children, run the home, kept spirits high during difficult days and rejoiced with us during the best of times. I loved her as family."

Childhelp Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson knew Emma for over 20yrs, "Emma was a true friend who shared stories of her history and the family she loved. She made it possible for us to do what needed to be done to rescue millions of at-risk boys and girls. She was a special part of our lives."

The family she adored included brothers Henry, Charles, Alexander, John, Richard, and Harry as well as sisters Florence, Louise, and Isabelle. Her surviving relatives are the keepers of her memories and include sisters-in-law Louise, Dora, Ollie, Rebecca and wonderful nieces and nephews. Each carry a little piece of Emma in their hearts.

Emma was a woman of devout faith, regularly attending

chapel in Sunday finery, stylish hats and stunning heels.

There will be a memorial for Emma at Bridges Funeral Home in Knoxville, TN and graveside service at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Louisville, TN on August 14, 2018. There will also be a service at The Little Chapel of Paradise Valley on August 25th, 2018.

Chapel members fell in love with Emma and she had many friends who enjoyed her spirited company and compassionate energy. Christina and Greg Oswald are leaders in the

congregation who became family to Emma. When she fell ill, they stepped up to keep her comfortable. In her final days, they put much love and heart into her care.

They recall lessons learned from Emma, "Emma was always genuine. She was never afraid to speak her mind and wanted the best for you. She was family to all of us. Emma was kind, generous, stoic and brave. She taught us to face adversity straight on and walk through it; Head up and proud."



It was heartbreaking when Emma lost her legs but she retained her grace to the end. The body is restored in Heaven, so we know that when we see a beautiful sunset, it will pick up the hues of one of her sensational church hats. When we hear thunder, it will be the sound of her highest heels dancing across the clouds. And when it rains, those will be our tears falling for the loss of Emma, an angel in all of our lives.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Aug. 12, 2018
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