Frances Emerson

Saturday, July 13, 2002

BENTON, Mo. -- Frances Mae Emerson, 80, of Benton died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo.

She was born Jan. 12, 1922, at Bertrand, Mo., daughter of Arthur and Jessie Houston Stone. She and Raymond Emerson Sr. were married Aug. 3, 1941, at Lutesville, Mo. He died in September 1965.

Emerson was formerly of Morley, Mo. She owned and managed Cato's Clothing Store from 1970 to 1982. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Morley and Benton Senior Citizens Group.

Survivors include a son, Ray Emerson of Morley; two daughters, Debbie McKim of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Becky Rodgers of Morley; a stepson, Kenneth Emerson of Advance, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Juanita Isaacs of Morley; a brother, Donald Stone of Piedmont, Mo.; a sister, Betty Seiler of Modesto, Calif.; 24 grandchildren; and 61 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two infant daughters, a stepdaughter, a stepson and three brothers.

Friends may call at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, Mo., from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Morley. The Revs. Rodney Davis and Jim Matthews will officiate. Burial will be in Old Morley Cemetery.