Emma L. Chandler

1913-2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

MONMOUTH - Emma L. Chandler, 94, Monmouth, died at 6:37 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 10, 2008) in East Peoria.

Emma L. Chandler was born Dec. 7, 1913, in the home of her parents, Charles and Effie (Baker) Peterson in Reynolds. Her mother passed away within a few months of Emma's birth, so she spent her first six years in Reynolds with her father, a brother Carl, a sister Doris and her Grandmother Peterson. At the age of six she moved to the home of her Grandma Peterson in Seaton where she continued to spend her school years, returning to Reynolds in the summers to be with her father and siblings. She was a graduate of Seaton High School. In 1937 she married the Rev. Chester E. Chandler, also of the Seaton area, and together they had two children.

Emma and Chester served Presbyterian churches in Joy, Millersburg and Kirkwood from 1937 to 1943. They served the Presbyterian Church of Winfield, Iowa, from 1947 to 1966 and Gibson City Presbyterian Church from 1966 to 1976. They retired to Monmouth in 1976 and became members of Heritage Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester, her parents, her brother and sister, and a great-granddaughter. She is survived by her son, George Bernard (Jacquie) Chandler of Tigard, Ore., and her daughter, Connie (Bruce) Varner of Creve Coeur. She has six grandchildren: Shari, Karen, Robert and Kristin, children of George; and Jeff and Diana, children of Connie; and two stepgrandchildren. She was always happy to brag about her eight great-grandsons.

Emma was a devoted minister's wife, being very active in church work, belonging to and often holding offices in any of the women's groups of the respective churches where she and Chester served. She always sang in the choirs and was still a part of the Heritage Church choir at the age of 93. She was a longtime member of the United Presbyterian Women organization. Her favorite group was the quilting group at Heritage Church. Having been initiated into P.E.O. in 1949, she was continually active during her 60 years of membership, last belonging to Chapter LE in Monmouth. After their move to Monmouth, she and Chester became members of the Warren County Historical Society. Emma believed strongly in the preservation of the area history and would often help as a greeter on weekends at the Warren County Historical Society Museum in Roseville. Because of Chester's years of active service in the Air Force during WWII, Emma took a part in the American Legion. Even into her 90s, she could be seen at the Legion in Monmouth helping serve dinners.

She enjoyed the outdoors, working in her flower garden and watching the wildlife in her backyard. She was always in awe of "God's wonderful creation." She had a cute sense of humor and liked telling funny stories and jokes to make people laugh. She loved her family and was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by the family and the friends that were fortunate to have her in their lives.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Heritage United Presbyterian Church, Monmouth, with the Rev. John Erwin officiating. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery, Rock Island. Friends may call after noon Sunday at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth, where her family will be present 1 to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Heritage Presbyterian Church of Monmouth or the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Online condolences may be left at hooverhall.com.

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