Mary Lou Emmel

Mary Lou Emmel

Sunday, August 22nd, 1926 - Sunday, April 25th, 2021
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Mrs. Mary Lou (Opel) Emmel, age 94 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away on April 25, 2021 at Valley Park Residential Care.

Mary Lou was born on August 22, 1926 in Jefferson City. She was a daughter of Louis Carl and Mary Catherine (Clad) Opel. Mary Lou was married on November 18, 1950 in Linn, Mo. to Ralph F. Emmel, who preceded her in death on September 28, 1991.

Mary Lou attended Immaculate Conception School and was a 1943 graduate of St. Peter’s High School.

For over 40 years, Mary Lou attended the Central United Church of Christ and was a member of the Eleventh Circle. She was active with her children and grandchildren in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Girl Scouts.

Mary Lou was employed at International Shoe Factory, JC Penney, and the Mo. Department of Revenue. She retired from the Department of Revenue in 1991.

Survivors include: son, Thomas Clark Emmel (Phyllis) of Jefferson City; daughters, Connie Lucille Pack (Richard) and Janet Lynn Melloway (Robert) both of Jefferson City and niece, Jacqueline Kay Schaefer Holtel, of Kansas City, MO: Grandchildren, Tim Emmel (Jennifer), Brendan Emmel, Kristen Rockers (Robert), Katie Struttman, Molly Crenshaw (David), Elizabeth Holtel, and Julia Cuccia (Sal); and great-grandchildren, Ruby and Andrew Rockers, Mason Struttman, William Crenshaw, Guiliana, Dominic, and Salvatore Cuccia. She is also survived by a niece, Sharon Orr; nephews, Rodney Orr, Richard Orr, and William Orr.

Mary Lou was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Roy Orr; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lucille and Russell Schaefer; and nephews, Robert Orr, and James Orr.

Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021. A Celebration of Life will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Steve Buchholz officiating. Private graveside services will be at Riverview Cemetery.

A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab and scrolling down to "watch webcast." 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 Hospice Compassus.

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

    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 11:00am
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
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  • Interment

    Riverview Cemetery
    2600 West Main Street
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