SIKESTON - Emily S. Hale, 86, died at 4 a.m. May 3, 2003, at the Clearview Nursing Center.
Born March 19, 1917, in Kennett, daughter of the late Irvin D. and Lula Hutchens Smith, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston for more than 50 years. She and her husband owned and operated Hale's Jewelry Store in Sikeston for 50 years. Mrs. Hale had been a Cub Scout leader for many years. She was a master knitter and taught knitting classes for 17 years for the Sikeston Adult Education program. Also an accomplished seamstress, she was involved in several phases of art and her deep love for animals was evident through her help with the Sikeston Bootheel Humane Society. She was elected Miss Kennett and was the first freshman to be chosen Sagamore Queen of Southeast Missouri State University.
On Jan. 21, 1940, in Bruceton, Tenn., she married George Loy Hale Jr. who preceded her in death on May 31, 1989.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim Hale and wife Nancy of Evansville, Ind., and George Loy Hale III and wife Brenda of Sikeston; three granddaughters and their husbands, Christy Hale McKenna and Kevin of Cartersville, Pa., Loy Anne Hale Brown and Joel of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Lisa Hale James and Billy of Sikeston; and five great-grandchildren, Bayleah and Jordan James of Sikeston, Jack and Owen McKenna of Cartersville and Madelyn Brown of Colorado Springs.
One brother, Joseph D. Smith, also preceded her in death.
Visitation is from 10:30 a.m. Tuesday until service time at noon at the Dempster Chapel of the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Sandra Schaller, associate pastor of the church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be: Charlie Caldwell, Dale Springs, Ray Kelley, Jim Critchlow, Bob Watson and Mike Zaricor.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
the Sikeston Bootheel Humane Society P.O. Box 1428 Sikeston, MO 63801
First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 682 Sikeston, MO 63801