Emma Lou Stidham

November 06, 1944 - November 16, 2018

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Monday, November 19, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bethel Christian Baptist Church, 2838 E US 6, Kendallville, IN


Monday, November 19, 5:00 PM
Bethel Christian Baptist Church, 2838 E US 6, Kendallville, IN


Emma Lou Stidham, 74, of Rome City died Friday, November 16, 2018, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

She was born November 6, 1944, in Knott County, Kentucky, to Estil and Ruby (Prater) Ritchie.

Mrs. Stidham had lived most of her life in this area, coming from Kentucky.

She was a housewife, mother, and grandmother.

Emma Lou attended Hilltop Baptist Church in Rome City.

Surviving are two sons, Gary (Dawn Lieber) Stidham of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Terry (Chris) Stidham of Millersburg; three grandchildren, Josh Stidham, Austin Stidham, and Taylor Stidham; three sisters, Glenna (Dean) Johnston of Syracuse, Brenda (Junior) Hicks of Rome City, and Bev (Jesse) Dunlap of Ligonier; and three brothers, Junior Lee (Dorothy) Ritchie of Rome City, Jimmy (Judy) Ritchie of Wolcottville, and Billy Joe (Claudette) Ritchie of Ashley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Morris Stidham; and three brothers, Floyd Ritchie, Aaron Ritchie, and Eugene Ritchie.

Funeral services will be Monday, November 19, 2018, at 5 p.m.at Bethel Christian Baptist Church, 2838 E. US 6, Kendallville with Rev. Larry Anglemyer, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Kentucky.

Pallbearers are Gary Stidham, Terry Stidham, Austin Stidham, Josh Stidham, Curtis Hicks, and Dustin Hicks.

Calling is Monday, November 19 , 2018, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the church.

Preferred memorials may be made to Hilltop Baptist Church or Bethel Christian Baptist Church.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

View a video tribute after Monday or share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Mary Arend
November 19th, 2018 10:52am

Emma was a grand lady. May she rest in peace.

Diana DeFreitas
November 19th, 2018 8:33am
St. Petersburg, Florida

Dear Emma, I'm so sorry to hear that you have passed. I have enjoyed knowing you and being your Facebook friend. I will remember the hours we spent chatting and playing Puzzled Hearts. I take comfort in knowing that you are at last pain free and once again reunited with the love of your life. Enjoy your angel wings. I know you will be watching over the loved ones you left behind and they will be missing you always.

Deseray And Steve Masi
November 17th, 2018 10:22pm
St. Petersburg Fl

May you and your family fill your hearts with loving memories and may Gods blessings shine on your family at this difficult time your in our prayers Sincerely Desi And Steve

Galita Isaacs
November 17th, 2018 6:40pm

I’ll miss you Emma. God has an angel 😇

Polly Hicks
November 17th, 2018 6:39pm

I love you Emma I’ll see you soon. Love Polly

Polly Hicks
November 17th, 2018 6:37pm

I love you Emma and I will miss you and I’ll see you soon. Polly Hicks

Cindy Pevehouse
November 17th, 2018 5:22pm
St Petersburg, Fl

Rest in peace Emma!!! My thoughts, prayers and love to the family!!

Cathy and Tom Shriver
November 17th, 2018 4:31pm
St. Petersburg, FL

Gary, Dawn and family so sorry for your loss. If we can do anything here let us know. Sending love and prayers.

Jan & Linda Musgrave
November 17th, 2018 4:07pm
St Petersburg, Florida

Gary, Dawn & family, We are so sorry to hear about your mom, she is now one of God's angels with no more worries. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Love ya xxoo

Barbara Prater
November 17th, 2018 3:44pm

You was such an important part of my life. I just can’t believe you are no longer with us. You are dearly love by so many people. I love you so much.