Erma Rakes

Erma J. Rakes

Tuesday, September 1st, 1936 - Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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Erma June Rakes, age 83, of Jefferson City, Mo. passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at the Capital Region Medical Center.

Erma was born on September 1, 1936 in Jefferson City, Mo. the daughter of Opie and Lavern (Taggart) Nichols. She was married on August 31, 1956 at Woodcrest Primitive Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Mo. to DeWayne Rakes who preceded her in death June 12, 2014.

A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Erma graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1954. After graduation she worked as a clerk and typist for the Missouri Department of Revenue until the birth of her three children.

Erma was a homemaker the majority of her life and cherished time with her family as a loving wife and mother. Their family lived in Linn, Mo. for over 30 years while Erma supported DeWayne as he worked as a teacher with Linn Public Schools and as the president of Linn State Technical College. They moved to Jefferson City after he retired and had great friends in both communities.

Some of her favorite memories with family were fishing with them at the Lake of the Ozarks and dancing with her husband. She square danced with DeWayne for as long as they both were able. Erma made all of her own square-dancing dresses by hand and always had a matching bolo tie for DeWayne. She loved caring for her house pets and dog sitting for her children. Terry’s Doberman Crystal, Vicky’s schnauzer Molly, and Scott’s Cocker Spaniel Tabby were always spoiled when they spent time with grandma. But the most spoiled of all was Tinker, Erma’s own cat who spent most of its life being groomed while sitting on her lap.

A woman of faith, Erma was a member of First Baptist Church in Jefferson City.

Erma was a social person and enjoyed visiting and dancing with friends. She truly looked forward to those dance outings with her friends four nights a week and they would travel all around central Missouri following Hambo Latham. Erma loved to cook something sweet for all her dancing friends.

Erma had a small family and is survived by one son, Scott Rakes of Jefferson City, Mo. and numerous friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 57 years, DeWayne; one son, Terry Rakes on March 8, 1995; and one daughter, Vicky Rakes on March 12, 2015.

Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2020.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2020 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Manuel Seaton officiating.

Due to the pandemic, her family understands if anyone is uncomfortable attending the service. A webcast of Erma’s service will begin at 2:00 pm Sunday for friends and extended family that cannot attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Community Health Center of Central Missouri, 1511 Christy Drive, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 2:00pm
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A webcast of Erma’s service will begin at 2:00 pm Sunday for friends and extended family that cannot attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link.


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Dorothy Williams

Posted at 07:31pm
Scott, so sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a square dancing angel. Now your dad has a partner to dance with. I will always remember the times I would see your mom she would ask me to stand direct in front of her so she could see my image and she could identify me. I saw her several times at the American Legion waiting for the music to start. It amazed me to see her being able to dance and could barely see. She was a wonderful lady.

Linda C Williams

Posted at 10:52am
Erma and I took mini-day trips. She went with me fabric shopping for my quilts and grocery runs for the goodies she made for her dance nights. I had to have her home in time to take a nap so she was ready dance again. Sometimes it was birthday card hunting. Reading the cards out loud to each other and laughing about the card we did NOT buy. Most of our mini's ended at Central Dairy icecream parlor. Erma always ordered jamoca almond fudge. We both hated the last bite. We found the last bite, bitter sweet, meaning, while just as good as the first bite the last spoonful was the end of the treat.

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