Joann Ruth Emrich Walker
February 9, 1946-April 11, 2012
Joann’s life adventure began on February 9, 1946 as the first newborn of her mother Ruth E. Simpkins Emrich and Father John W. Emrich both of whom preceded her in passing. She was joined by Rebecca M. Emrich (Battle Creek Michigan), Carole M. Scott (University City, Missouri) and youngest sister Susan E. Emrich (Overland Park, Missouri). Other family members include Aunt Marie Brown (Ladue, Missouri) and Megan D. Cromer daughter of Susan E. Emrich and she resides in University City, Missouri.
Joann received her degree in Education at the University of Missouri St. Louis then went on to teach 2nd and 3rd graders obtaining her lifetime teaching certificate from Missouri. Joann married Dennis A. Walker (son of William R. Walker and Alberta Walker of Chillicothe) on July 10, 1982. The family moved from Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia prior to returning to Missouri in 2008. She had one son Blake Emery Walker who was born on August 6, 1986 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is currently working on his second degree at the University of Missouri Columbia.
Joann was a very active volunteer for numerous charities and organizations. She was leader of the Parent Teacher Association serving leadership positions at three different Virginia schools. She was also very active with the Boy Scouts and was very instrumental in development of young men into obtaining rank of Eagle Scout. She was very proud to have a family member that served two tours of duty in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and was a member for over 40 years in the Daughters of the American Revolution and belonged to chapters in Missouri and Virginia eventually rising to State Officer in Virginia. Joann currently was a member of the Charity Stille Langstaff DAR Chapter in Fulton Missouri.
Joann was happy and always attentive to others problems. She routinely would adopt all the children in the neighborhood and it seemed that her hospitality was the magnet that filled her home with love and kindness even for strangers. Joann enjoyed quilting, needle point, family as well as a good Mystery Book from time to time.
Joann struggled with CLL Cancer. She won that battle but had a compromised immune system due to the treatments. She struggled to maintain her energy level and in the end she lost the battle to respiratory infections. Joann went to meet the Lord on April 11, 2012. We will all miss her very much!
Funeral services will be performed by Reverend Barry Boulware (from the Trenton Wesley United Methodist Church in Trenton) at the Mount Olive Cemetery , Sunday April 15th at 3:00 PM.
Donations to the Mount Olive Cemetery Perpetual Fund would be most appreciated. Online condolences maybe left at www.Heritage-because wecare.com, arrangements under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, MO.