Emma J. Thompson

Emma Jean Thompson, 83, of Ellwood City, went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, January 23, 2015 in UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.

She was born in Ellwood City on July 17, 1931 to the late Roosevelt Bailey and the late Phyllis Allen Bailey Razzo. Emma worked as a sewer at the former Ellwood City Knitting Mill and Airway Industries until retiring. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Pittsburgh and enjoyed cooking and caring for her children and grandchildren. Emma’s passion in life was serving others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 13 years, Leroy Eligha Thompson, who died September 4, 1962. She was also preceded by two brothers, Andrew Bailey and Marcus Razzo.

Emma is survived by two sons and three daughters: Leroy E. “Hoopy” (and Elizabeth) Thompson of New Castle, Elisha E. Burke of Seoul, South Korea, and Linda J., Phylis Y., and Mary E. Thompson, all of Ellwood City. Five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren also survive, as well as two brothers and three sisters: John (and Diane) Razzo, Romana Carper, Samuel (and Charlotte) Razzo, and Shirley Matthews, all of New Castle, and Juanita Razzo of California, as well as her brother-in-law, William O. Thompson of Beaver Falls. A host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at TURNER’S with Bishop Loran E. Mann, her pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley Township.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Emma’s name, to the Feed the Children Foundation.

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