Esther Neldia Emerick, 84, of Auxvasse, Missouri passed away on July 21, 2017 at Pin Oaks Nursing Center in Mexico, Missouri.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Grand Prairie Baptist Church in Auxvasse.

Esther was born on March 16, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to Helmuth and Natalia “Tallie” Domke Kohler who preceded her in death.

She received her Registered Nursing degree in 1952 from Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing in Chicago. She recently worked at the Mexico Veterans Home and then at Pin Oaks Nursing Center for seventeen years until her retirement.

Esther was a member of Grand Prairie Baptist Church in Auxvasse where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Book Club and Women of Missions group.

She loved to read and also enjoyed planting flowers, gardening and crocheting.

Survivors include her husband of sixty two years, Richard Emerick of Auxvasse; son, Jim (Erny) Emerick of St. Charles, Missouri; daughters, Deborah Mayo of Mexico, Missouri, Carole (Johnnie) Woolfolk of Auxvasse; Cathy (William) Sterner of Cleveland, Ohio, Linda (Alan) Svejkovsky of Jacksonville, Florida and Irene (Steve) Locke of Springfield, Missouri; brother, James (Karen) Kohler of Chicago; sister, Ruth Wokeck of Greenville, South Carolina; twenty one grandchildren; thirty two great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one infant daughter, Diana and one grandson, Richard Sterner.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grand Prairie Baptist Church c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, Fulton, Missouri 65251

Online condolences may be made at www.debofuneralhome.com