Ethel Elaine Cooper-Emery

Ethel Elaine Cooper Emery passed away on March 9, 2018 in Poplar Bluff, MO. Elaine was born on April 13, 1937 to Cecil and Gertrude (Lynn) Cooper in Oquawka, Illinois. She attended Henderson County Schools. She received her GED in 1969. Ethel married Charles Bundy in 1955, they had three children; Marsha, Doyle, and Donna, and they divorced. She later married Jim Emery and they had one son, Ronald. She worked at GE Burlington, Iowa; also as a Home Health Aid in Henderson County, and her last place of employment for 35 years was with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services through Bridgeway in Monmouth, Illinois. Ethel retired in 2001 because of her disability. She moved to the Davenport Lutheran Home in Davenport, Iowa to be closer to her daughter in February, 2007. She then moved to Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri in October, 2009. Surviving is one son, Doyle Bundy of Colorado, one daughter, Donna (Roger) Harmsen of Wappapello, MO; four grandchildren, Mike (Hollie) Neal of Pekin, IL, Jim (Amy) Neal of Abingdon, IL, Chuck (Lora) Newton of Biggsville, IL, and Katie (Tim) Wilson of Bossier City, LA; eight great-grandchildren, Jayden, Breanna, Branden Neal, Becky, Laura, Ruby Ann Newton, Kyle, Emily Wilson; her first great-great-grandchild arriving in May 2018; sisters-in-law, Wanda, Juanita, and Kathy Cooper, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by one daughter, Marsha Kidd, one son, Ronald Emery, great-grandson, Tyler James Neal, brothers Raus, Clyde, and Mitch Cooper, sisters, Marianna Thorndyke and Peggy Fye. 


To be announced

Memorial Service

The date and time for services will be announced. Interment will be at Oquawka Cemetery. Memorial are being established for the Oquawka Food Pantry, Oquawka, IL, United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Wappapello, MO, or the Mark Twain Caring Center Activities Department, Poplar Bluff, MO.


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