Emma Jean Fowler affectionately known to her family as “M” and as “Jeannie” to her beloved mother was born to Bernice and Henry John Fowler in Fayette County, Pennsylvania on December 16, 1938.
She graduated from German Township High School in 1957 and decided to follow family members to New York in pursuit of career opportunities. She quickly carved out her path and began taking in all this new city had to offer!
Emma’s began a long and illustrious career started in healthcare as a Nurses Aid at Kings County Hospital soon after arriving in New York from the small village of Edenborn. Emma began her ascension in the medical profession by completing her degree at SUNY for Registered Professional Nursing. Recognition for her intelligence, exceptional skills and outstanding leadership qualities elevated her to head Operating Room Nurse at Kings County Hospital where she remained until her retirement in 2003... And what a party that was!!
Throughout her life Emma was known for being a straight talking, no-nonsense person, and always upbeat. Emma was fond of travel, beautiful clothing and shoes, concerts and shows, family gatherings and she loved to dance! She had an active social life that took her on many domestic and international adventures.
Miss Emma was a dedicated bachelorette who became the mother figure for so many. She advocated for inspired parenting, discipline, and dedication moving us all to action when we were weary. Emma was a loving and dedicated daughter to her mother Bernice whom she cared for and lived with for many years until her death in 1997.
She is survived by her only sibling Henry Fowler Jr.; her goddaughter: Natavia Brown; first cousins: Thelma Wright, Deirdre Lovell, Stanley Brown, Elizabeth Hannah, Henrietta Thornton, Alvin Brown, Stacey Brown, Darlene & Marlene Brown, equally cousins twice and thrice removed, a host of friends, and colleagues.
The family will miss Emma’s contagious laughter, her dimples when she laughed or arranged her expression just “so”, her potato chip cravings, her rocking chair wisdom and willingness to help everyone. Generous to a fault and sharp as a tack. That was our Emma!
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