EMMA AGNES ALFORD GILMER
Memphis, Shelby Co., TN—Sunday, 1 November 2009
Emma Alford Gilmer, 91, of Arlington, WA, went
to sleep in her bed on October 28, 2009, and woke up in the arms of the Lord
surrounded by His Angels. She had suffered a stroke earlier in the spring.
Emma was born to Harry Edward and Carrie Alford
March 11, 1918, at Skene, MS. She graduated from Skene High School and married
Henry Clay Gilmer March 27, 1935. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage until Henry’s
death in 1995. Mrs. Gilmer was a dedicated nurse and retired at the age of 65.
She is survived by three daughters, Zada D.
Wheatley of Marysville, WA, Sylvia Clay Gray of Memphis, TN and Harriet Ann
Burks (Donald E.) of Arlington, WA. She leaves four grandsons, Donald W.
Wheatley, Jr. (Donnia) of Oakland, TN, John W. Wheatley (Mazie) of Mukilteo,
WA, Thomas Gilmer “Gil” Bridges (Lynne) of Arlington, WA and Joseph Clay
Bridges of Arlington, WA, six great-grandchildren, Levi and Logan Bridges of
Spokane, WA, Ashley Wheatley Owens of Oakland, TN, Polly Bridges Mitas (Chris)
of Suwannee, GA, Alissa Nicole Eng of Mukilteo, WA and Savannah Lee Bridges of
Arlington, WA, great-great-grandchildren, her beloved James Owens IV and Emma
Claire Grace Owens of Oakland, TN, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry
and Carrie Alford , brothers, Edgar Earl (Lola), Billie (Janie), and sisters,
Dorothea (Dot) Kober (Vic), Harriet Brandau (John), and an infant called Little
Mrs. Gilmer was a member of Hickory Withe
Graveside services will be held at Forest Hill
East Cemetery, 2440 Whitten Rd., Memphis, TN at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 4,
with visitation one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association/American
from Forest Hill Cemetery East, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN—www.findagrave.com
NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Emma A.
Gilmer (SS# issued in MS), last residence Arlington, Snohomish Co., WA.
We included the obituaries of her parents, Harry
Edward Alford and Carrie Stelene Stanford Alford; brother Billie Alford; and
sisters Dorothea Louise Alford Kober and Harriette Alford Brandau in Mississippi
For more information on her family, see AAFA’s
published genealogy, Known
Descendants of John William Alford and Lennae W. Roden.
Her lineage: Emma Agnes 1918 MS1,
Harry Edward 1885 MS2, Theodore 1839 MS3, John William