Barbara Emerson

Barbara J. Emerson (Crowden)

Friday, September 23rd, 1955 - Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
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Barbara J. Emerson, age 64, of Ava, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2020, at the Marion Rehab and Nursing Center in Marion, Illinois.

Barbara was born on September 23, 1955, in Advance, Missouri, to Edward Crowden and Wanda (Tuttleton) Crowden.

Mrs. Emerson had worked as the store manager for Super K in Murphysboro for several years.

Barbara loved to cook. One of the joys of her life was teaching her granddaughter how to cook. She could be considered a movie critic, because she enjoyed watching movies and also listening to music.

She is survived by one son and daughter in law Jim and Natalie Crowden of Murphysboro and one daughter and son in law Chrislin and Kevin Gardner of Louisville, KY;

four grandchildren Jaycee Crowden, K. J. Gardner, Jaxon Gardner, and Brittany Spencer;

two great grandchildren;

and two sisters Dianne Blais of Bloomington, IL and Lola Bruce of Willisville, IL.

She was preceded in death by one infant daughter Alyssabeth Heydari, one infant brother Johnny Crowden, one brother Troy Crowden and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 2020, at Pettett Funeral Home with Rev. Rick McNeely officiating. There will be visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Then her body will be cremated and private gravesite services will be held in Chaffee, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. For more information, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    Pettett Funeral Home
    1418 South St.
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 11:00am
    Pettett Funeral Home
    1418 South St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Rick McNeely


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