Emma Lou Eaton of Odessa went to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the age of 80 years old.
A graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens this Friday, June 29, at 5:00 pm with the Rev. Dr. Dawn Weaks, officiating.
Emma Lou was born in Mangum, Oklahoma to Rufus and Bonnie Bowman on September 19, 1937. She attended grade school in Mangum, Oklahoma. At the age of 8, Emma Lou accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Mangum. Her and her family then moved to Monahans, TX where she finished her schooling. At the age of 15 she met and fell in love with Bobby Dean Eaton. They were married on April 28, 1955 in Lovington, NM. She spent the next 62 years devoting her life to her beloved husband and children. Emma Lou also found time to work as the office manager for Dr. C.S. Patterson in Odessa.
Emma Lou is preceded in death by her parents Rufus and Bonnie Bowman and her sister Linda Hicks, her beloved daughter Bonnie Jean Chandler and her husband Bobby Dean Eaton. Exactly 100 days from the passing of her husband, Emma Lou was back in the arms of her loving husband in their forever home.
Emma Lou is leaving her legacy in the hearts of many. She is survived by her sons, Curtis Eaton and his wife Corrine; Roddy Eaton and his wife Barbara and Son in Law, Steve Chandler. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Matthew Plemons and his wife Jennifer of Abilene; Michael Plemons and his wife Jana of Odessa; Kristin Groves of Odessa; Brandon of Dubai; Bradley Eaton of Houston; Erica Eaton of Edmond, Oklahoma and Kayla Weeden and her husband Landon of Odessa. She also leaves behind her 6 great granddaughters of Odessa and 1 great grandson of Abilene, TX, all whom brought her the most joy.
Emma Lou will forever remain in our hearts as a mother and grandmother who loved each of us to her absolute fullest but most of all, loved the Lord with her every breath. She taught us to love with our whole hearts and demonstrated it daily with her gentle touch and contagious giggle. As Emma Lou would always say when our days were hard, and the storm would come, “Remember, this too shall pass.” We will see you in a minute.
The family would like to thank Dr. Parsons and Caren Anderson for their devotion to Emma Lou’s care. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Brigmon of Medical Center Hospital and Jane, RN on 8C. The level of compassion and care given was a blessing to our family during this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send family condolences please visit our guest registry at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Emma Lou was a second mom to me. I have such wonderful memories of time spent at their home as a teenager. She had such a wonderful, contagious laugh and always made all us kids feel welcome. I know she is where she wants to be and at peace now. But, all of us who were so very fortunate to know her will miss her terribly. Rest In Peace, Momma Eaton! 😢
Melinda RiekenBlanco, TX
I came to know Emma Lou at the beauty shop. We spent time visiting while waiting to have our hair done. We
quickly became friends and discovered that we shared much in common. I will miss her and our Thursday morning visits talking about things that matter. She was such a sweet Christian lady. Praying God's comfort for the family. Psalm 91:4
Nancy SmithOdessa, TX