The Ottumwa Courier


September 17, 2013

Aileen Emry

BATAVIA — Aileen R. Emry, age 91, of Batavia, passed away at 2 a.m. Sept. 14, 2013, at Park View Care Center in Fairfield.

Aileen Ruth Kepler Emry was born on Aug. 3, 1922, in Fairfield, the daughter of Leo and Lucille Drummond Kepler. She graduated from Fairfield High School and later from Parsons College with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1944, she married Laird Blaine Emry, and he preceded her in death on April 19, 2006.

Aileen spent many years teaching home economics and business courses in Batavia, Eldon, Agency and Cardinal. Her whole life was wrapped up in caring for her husband and family.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Benson and husband Dave of Floris, Susie Greiner and husband Ronnie of Douds and Debbie Swope and husband Darrell of Batavia; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, with three more great-great-grandchildren expected in the coming weeks; and one brother-in-law, Keith Ireland of Springfield, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her husband; three sisters, Evelyn Fordyce, Carol Richards and Lucille Ireland; and one brother, Charles Kepler.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Grace Funeral Care in Batavia; Dave Benson and Eric Hickenbottom officiating. Burial will be in Batavia Cemetery.

Visitation with the family present was held Tuesday at the funeral home.

A memorial fund will be used to set up a scholarship fund at Cardinal High School in Aileen’s memory.

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