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In Memory of

Emma Louise McEver

June 3, 1922 - March 26, 2015

Obituary


Born June 3, 1922 in Springfield, Missouri to Rev. & Mrs. Powell A. Smith, Emma Louise and her four brothers lived in parsonages in Joplin, Missouri; Lawton, Oklahoma and Amarillo, Texas.

After receiving her B.A. degree in Religious Education from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, she accepted the post of Christian Education Director at Wheeling Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she married Winfred L. McEver, a graduate of Phillips Seminary.

Early years in Kansas City, Kansas found this young couple serving at Central Christian Church, where "Mac" arrived as Associate...

Born June 3, 1922 in Springfield, Missouri to Rev. & Mrs. Powell A. Smith, Emma Louise and her four brothers lived in parsonages in Joplin, Missouri; Lawton, Oklahoma and Amarillo, Texas.

After receiving her B.A. degree in Religious Education from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, she accepted the post of Christian Education Director at Wheeling Avenue Christian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she married Winfred L. McEver, a graduate of Phillips Seminary.

Early years in Kansas City, Kansas found this young couple serving at Central Christian Church, where "Mac" arrived as Associate Pastor. Their ministry led them to establish a brand new church, Westwood Christian Church in Mission, Kansas, on Rainbow Boulevard.

It was her joy and privilege to serve there as pianist, youth director, Sunday School teacher, and busy partner alongside her husband. Working with youth camps and conferences was an important part of her agenda.

In 1954, Mac was called to Coffeyville, Kansas as Senior Pastor of First Christian Church, and she continued her work in music ministry, Sunday School, Christian Women's Fellowship, and wherever else she was called to serve.

The longest and most fulfilling service of all began in December of 1961 at Northwest Christian Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where she and her husband ministered for 22 1/2 years. Retirement from the active pastorate was on Easter, l984.

For 19 years she enjoyed teaching illiterate adults to read, tutoring not only English speakers, but Koreans, Vietnamese, Mexican-Americans and others; all while participating in literacy workshops to train others to teach. She was also engaged in taping and recording books for the blind in Oklahoma City.

Following retirement, portions of the next 8 years were spent in interim ministries.

In February of 1997, Mac and Emma Louise moved to a new cottage at the Oklahoma Christian Home in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Perhaps travel was the favorite pastime of the entire family. They loaded up the old home-built trailer and newer Layton and headed out to the mountains or the seashore, covering all U.S. states (except Hawaii). Camping was in their blood. All four children and offspring continued to follow the tradition.

Retirement years were spent in Edmond, Oklahoma at the NBA Oklahoma Christian Retirement Community, now Bradford Village.

She loved the Lord, and that was reflected in how she treated others: always welcoming newcomers, encouraging friends and enjoying her "lunch bunch" at Bradford Village. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and sometimes played in crazy skits. She was known as the "piano lady" in her community, playing with ease a wide variety of songs for her fellow residents. She was truly beloved.

Emma Louise McEver met our Lord in Paradise on Thursday, March 26 at 8:50 pm. Surviving are her four children: Linda Ottosen, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada; Kathleen Jones, Everson, Washington; David McEver, Franklin, Tennessee; and Daniel McEver, Sparta, New Jersey. She also leaves 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

An informal celebration will be held in her honor in the dining room of the Bradford Village Community Center, 906 N. Boulevard in Edmond, on Saturday, May 9th at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Valir Hospice, 800 NW 6th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.