Emma  Black
Emma L. Black, age 92, of Joplin, MO, passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin. Mrs. Black, daughter of the late Frank and Ethel (Ferguson) Layman, was born on September 2, 1927, in Joplin. She was a lifelong resident and a graduate of Joplin High School.
She was united in marriage to Howard Black on November 27, 1947, in Joplin. Howard preceded her in death on November 18, 2011.
She was employed for many years with First National Bank of Joplin and then with Ozark Christian College. She enjoyed baking, specializing in cakes for weddings, birthdays and special occasions. She was an active member of the Blendville Christian Church.
Survivors include her son, Paul Black, of Joplin; one daughter, Elizabeth Heltzel and her husband, Larry, of Joplin; three grandchildren, Randall Simmons and his wife, Roberta, Melinda Carrico and her husband, Huey, and Dennis Bateman Jr. and his wife, Phaedra; ten great-grandchildren, Melissa, Alexis, Madison, Levi, Kayla, Kaydn, Kaymn, Dennis III, Isis, and Benjamin; and one great-great-grandchild, Jaxton. In addition to her parents and husband, Emma was preceded in death by four brothers; one sister; one daughter, Rebecca Ruth Black; and one grandson, Randall Simmons II.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 26, at 2 p.m. at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary, in Joplin, with burial to follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery, in Joplin, with words of comfort spoken by Randy Wilson. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 25th, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary.
Memorial donations may be made to the Blendville Christian Church and may be entrusted to the mortuary.
Published on November 24, 2019

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Cherie Baker
Nov 29, 2019
Paul, and Elizabeth, I am so sorry. I have been attending to an illness with my husband and do not take the paper any more but did get on my computer today only see of the passing of your mom. I always thought your mom was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I am So sorry I was not able to get with her to work on the family genealogy. I know I will regret that for ever. I loved your mom's laugh and that she always had a smile for anyone. She was a great person and I know she will be greatly missed. I pray for peace and comfort for your families. With love, Cherie
Carolyn Mackey
Nov 24, 2019
Dearly loved this lady, she was always there for my family when I was growing up! There was a Christmas when my family in Oklahoma suffered a terrible loss, I stayed with them, she took me Christmas shopping and we made cookies for shut ins at church! She will be blessed with many jewels in heaven!!!
Roberta
Nov 24, 2019
She was so beautiful inside and out. She was strong in her faith, unwavering in her values, yet so full of love and acceptance. She will be more than missed. I pray that we keep her memory alive.
Dean Abbott
Nov 24, 2019
Sorry for your loss, her family and friends are in my prayers.