Emma Joann Eagle was born in Monroe, Michigan on March 18, 1950. She was the one of nine children born from the union of the late Joel G. and Betty G. (Lavigne) Williams. Emma attended Airport Schools and was a graduate of their high school.
She was married by the Justice of The Peace in Monroe to Gilbert “Bert” Eagle on May 7, 1970. The couple would share in the birth of two children, and Emma devoted herself to her husband and children. For several years she worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center retiring in 2012.
Her love for family was immense. Emma did all she could within her power to keep the family close, and was the rock of the family. She could be counted on to lend a hand whenever there was a need, and always seemed to know how to fix whatever was broken. Later in life, Emma’s grandchildren, were her pride and joy. She always put them first and looked forward to spending time with them.
Emma was very gifted with her hands. She loved to plant flowers and maintain her garden, and was an excellent baker, well-known for her Christmas cookies and pies. Emma also enjoyed playing games of chance; often visiting the casino and catching bingo wherever she could.
Emma, age 64, of Monroe passed away at the University of Michigan Hospital on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Her loving family was at her side. In addition to her parents her passing was preceded by her former husband of forty- four years: Gilbert on September 11, 2009; three sisters: Shirley Marie Williams, Ruth Bomia, and Iva Moore; and one brother: Ace Williams.
To cherish her memory she leaves her two loving children: Jeffrey Eagle, Jennifer (Danny) Lovell both of Monroe; two sisters: Peggy (Roger) Wenzel and Claudia Shepherd; three brothers: Joel (Sonta) Williams, John (Gerry) Williams, and Paul (Vicky) Williams; and seven grandchildren: Shelby, Lindsey, Nick, Cody, Clayton, Cole and Hailey
Friends may gather from 10:00am until 1:00pm on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185.
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