Obituary: Mary Ruth Emerson


Mary Ruth Emerson, 90 of Batesville passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

She was born Nov. 8, 1930, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Newton Jasper and Myra H. (Burgess) McDaniel.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Batesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvie  Emerson; one son, Wesley Allen Emerson; two brothers, James McDaniel and Donald McDaniel; one sister, Louise Wooten, and one grandson, Tony Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmie Emerson (Jo Claire) of Bend, Oregon and Donald Emerson (Kathy) of Simpsonville, South Carolina; two daughters, Kathy West (Howard) of Batesville and Helen Smith (Danny) of Simpsonville, South Carolina; one brother, Earl McDaniel of Okeechobee, Florida; one sister, Janis Phillips of Coalgate, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the Qualls Batesville Funeral Service Chapel with William West, Michael West, and Jonathan Witcher officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Batesville.

No visitation is planned.

Pallbearers will be William West, Michael West, Jonathan Witcher, Howard West, Danny Smith, Gabe West, Caleb Witcher, and Noah West.

The honorary pallbearer is Joel Emerson.

Following the State of Arkansas COVID-19 directives, Qualls Funeral Homes practices social distancing, keeping a 6-foot distance between one anotherFace masks are required to enter the building and to be worn at all times.

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