on Apr 03 in Obituaries posted by Dwight Olmstead
Emma Jean Engler, the daughter of John Cyril Cook and Lula Mae Clifton Cook, was born in Wheatley, Arkansas on April 7 1921 and passed away in Heber Springs, Arkansas on April 1, 2014 at the age of 92. She worked at the defense department in Memphis, Tennessee, manufacturing rubber rafts for the Navy during World War II. She had a personal interest and took great pride in the work she performed at the plant since her brother Cyril was in the Navy during that time.
After the war she married August Claus “Dutch” Engler of Wheatley on November 10, 1951 she moved back to Wheatley to become a homemaker.
Shortly after the wedding Dutch gave her “Daisy” the milk cow. She was afraid at first but after several milkings they became friends. Daisy has been gone for a long time and her husband Dutch passed away just over a year ago.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother Cyril Cook; sisters, Aileen Midkiff, Nina Haltom, Norma Tune, and Mary Lou Reed; granddaughter Lindsay Engler; great-grandson Braylon Besancon.
She is survived by; one daughter Beth Engler, sons Mike Engler (Lucy), Mark Engler (Rhonda); one sister in law Katherine Engler, all of Heber Springs, one brother, Tom Cook of Hot Springs. Survivors also include grandchildren Jessica Krejci of Huntsville, Texas, August Krejci of Waco, Texas, Chad Engler of Omaha, Nebraska, Jordan Engler (Stephanie) of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Misty Engler Besancon (Chad) and great granddaughter Hayley Hann of Cabot, Arkansas as well as many nieces and nephews.
Throughout her life Emma Jean could work a mean needle, crafting numerous items out of any kind of thread. When her sister Mary Lou was young Emma Jean created a pattern and crocheted a dress even though she had never done such a thing. Since that time she made most of her daughter’s clothes, many needlepoint, cross stitch, and crewel embroidery pictures as well as numerous handmade gift items.
Whenever visitors arrived she was a gracious hostess and made sure everyone was comfortable and well fed. She was an excellent cook from the everyday meals to homemade candy at Christmas time.
A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother she will be dearly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. devonshire Church by Rev. John Cates