May 2, 1940 ~ March 13, 2021
On March 13, 2021, with family by her side, Emma Josephine [Ewing-Napier] Pierce answered the Master’s call to “Come Home”.
She was born on May 2, 1940 to the union of Margaret Eaton and Joe A. Ewing in Waelder, TX. She graduated from Rosenwald High School in Luling, TX in 1958. She then moved to San Antonio, TX and furthered her education at St. Phillips College earning her certification as a Licensed Vocation Nurse (LVN). She began working in the nursing field, and that kicked off a career that lasted 40 years.
Emma Jo united in Holy Matrimony to Leonard U. Napier, Jr., and to that union were born three children, Twila Yvette, Lynette Renee’, and Juanita Denise. She loved family and was always willing to sacrifice in order to help others. When you told her you loved her, her response was always, “I love you more.” She was a patient listener and left behind many pearls of wisdom during her time here on Earth.
After working 40 years in the field, she retired and spent much of her time working in her yard, cooking, tending to her plants, collecting rare treasures, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed watching a good game of basketball, playing dominos, firing up the barbeque pit, and decorating, especially around Christmastime. She was one of the most active 80 year olds one could meet. We will miss her quick wit, idioms and expressions, and the advice and counsel she provided for us when we so desperately needed it and even when we didn’t want to hear it. She was without a doubt a Pillar of Strength for the entire family. We are forever grateful. She spent her final days in her home with daughter Lynette, during her brief battle with Renal Cancer.
Emma Jo believed in the power of prayer and willingly accepted Christ as her Savior early on. In the wee hours of March 13th, she expressed that she was ready to go and lifted her hands up in surrender to the Master in preparation to meet Him. During her final minutes, she opened her eyes towards the ceiling, let out and soft expression of Awe saying, “Oh Wow” as if seeing something so magnificent. Then, in less than three minutes she peacefully transitioned into eternity. What a sight to behold.
Emma Jo was preceded in death by her parents, ex-husband; Leonard Napier, Jr., two daughters; Twila Napier and Juanita Napier Evans, two grandsons; Christopher Evans and Tristan Evans, brother; Terry Ewing Sr., nephew; Yancey Ewing. She leaves to cherish her loving memory her daughter, Lynette Napier, sister; Bridgett Merriweather, seven grandchildren; Tennille Napier, Dionne Green, Dawnette Green Frazier, Christopher Kimbrough, Shan’Terra Evans, Leonard Evans, and Darron Green, niece; Sunni Ewing, four nephews; Terry Ewing Jr., Leonard Ewing, Tevin Russell, and Tyler Merriweather, 16 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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