Emma Louise Donald, age 59, was October 3, 1957 to Albert Akins, Sr. and Madeline Johnson-Akins in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee. Emma joined Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church under the leadership of Rev. Charles Prothro. A graduate West Side High School Class of 1976 and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from Purdue University in 1980. Emma was employed as a substitute teacher with the Gary School Corporation and the Charter Schools. Emma is preceded in death by parents, Albert Akins, Sr. and Madeline Akins and Thomas Lee Lyles and Vera L. Lyles, sister, Theresa Atwood and brothers, Albert Akins, Jr., Carl Akins and Willie C. Akins. Those left to cherish her memories forever are husband, Andrew Donald Sr., sons, Andrew Donald, Jr., Albert J. Donald, stepson Alexander Donald, 5 grandchildren; 4 Sisters Vera Jean (Ellis) Hill, Mary (Neal) Birdsong, Barbara Akins and Audrey Gordon. 3 Brothers, Alfonzo Akins, Bernard Akins and Johnny (Terri) Akins. Sisters in love, Jerutha Harvey and Jean (Delbert) Ross. Brother in love, Louis (Lynn) Donald. Best friend forever, Pamela Key and Helen Jones and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her Pilgrim Rest Church family. Visitation Tuesday May 23, 2017 from 12 noon -8p.m. with musical at 6:00p.m. Funeral Services Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. both at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church 977 Chase Street. Rev. Charles Adams officiating. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.
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Published in Post-Tribune on May 21, 2017.