Willie Emaleen Walker Pate
Willie Emaleen Walker Pate
Willie Emaleen Walker was born on August 27, 1931, in Pratt City, Alabama. Her parents, Willie Howard and Pauline Wallace Walker, were struggling to make ends meet in the midst of the Depression. Her father was only working 3 days a week and Emaleen was born on one of the days he had to work! Life was hard but she didn't know that; she was surrounded by loving parents and a large extended family who pooled resources and shared what little they had with each other. This was the beginning of Emaleen's education on the importance of family in her life. Some of her best memories and stories are from the times she visited the farm in Oneonta, Alabama, where her father's family lived. Although a "city" girl, Emaleen loved carrying well water to the farm workers and feeding the pigs.
Emaleen accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age. She grew into a beautiful young woman who lived her faith every day. Her love of the Lord just naturally overflowed to those around her. She had many friends in school and church. Her genuine interest in people just drew others to her.
She met a shy young boy in her homeroom class whose father had recently died. She was attracted to him almost immediately and invited him to church. Over the next 2 years, their dates consisted for the most part of church services and rides from Pratt City to East Lake and back on the trolley. She married this young man on July 21, 1950, and became Mrs. Charles M. Pate.
Over the years, Emaleen become a mother to four daughters: Liz, Cathy, Connie, and Becky. She did all the "mom" things one did in the 1950s and 1960s - carpooling, helping with homework, bake sales, costume making, PTA meetings, attending concerts, listening to piano practice, etc. But there was always the church activities, too: Vacation Bible School, Nursery Director, Sunday School teacher, choir member and soloist. Emaleen never tired of using her talents for the Lord.
As Charles aged, his health suffered and Emaleen cared for him for several years until his death in 1997. Charles wanted Emaleen to do something she enjoyed and encouraged her to join a quilting group. This group met weekly in Pleasant Grove. With this set of friends, Emaleen created numerous quilts for family and those in need. All her quilts were handmade with the tiniest of stitches. Several of her quilts are proudly displayed in our homes. Unfortunately, her daughters' talents did not extend to sewing but she was able to teach several other young ladies the art of quilting.
Those who knew Emaleen well knew her to be a prayer warrior. If someone requested prayer, she never asked questions but would immediately pray for that person or the situation. She truly "prayed without ceasing" whether you requested it or not. If the Lord placed someone on her heart, she would pray. Much peace and comfort have been felt by family, friends, and even strangers because Emaleen prayed.
Emaleen loved her husband and her girls. Her life was busy and fulfilling. She taught her daughters to be strong, independent women with compassionate hearts. The lessons she taught were lived every day as an example of the godly woman in Proverbs 31. Emaleen was their biggest cheerleader and best friend in life. No matter how old the daughter, news - good or bad - was shared with her. She cried when they cried and laughed when they laughed. She was always supportive and immensely proud of all their accomplishments.
Emaleen went to be with the Lord on June 8, 2016. Heaven is her home now. She will be missed by all her family and friends.
So many of Emaleen's family passed away before her. Her father, mother, sister, and brother all died at early ages but were remembered every day of her life. Her husband, Charles, passed away on March 6, 1997.
She is survived by her four daughters: Liz Jones (Doug), Cathy Jones (Larry), Connie Pate, and Becky Brashier (Bruce), three grandchildren: Bryan Jones (Melanie), Tim Jones (Lindsay), and Maegan Brashier, five great-grandchildren: Will Jones, Ben Jones, Ila Jones, Joshua Brashier, and soon to be born, Dottie Jones. After her sister passed away, Emaleen "adopted" her niece, Debbie Smith, and nephew, Danny Smith, and always considered them as her own children.
Her neighbor and friend, Martha Lay, became a special sister to Emaleen. They shared a love of quilting and a friendship that has grown over the last 40 years.
Her family wishes to acknowledge and thank those who helped Mother to pass comfortably from this life to the next: Christina Payne and Sequoia Watters-Parrish of Oasis Hospice, the staff at Weldon Pharmacy, and the many who called, sent cards, visited, brought food, and prayed. We know your lives were the better for knowing Emaleen.
Funeral Services will be held at Patterson-Forest Grove Funeral Home on Friday, June 10, at 12:00 P.M.. A time of visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Forest Grove Memorial Gardens. Rev. Gene Hitchcock officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Vineland Park Baptist Church, 151 20th St, Hueytown, Alabama 35023.
Praying God will comfort and strengthen you as only He can.
Praying for all of you. May God give you strength and wrap His loving arms around you thru this difficult time.
Praying for your family. Your mom was an awesome lady, always enjoyed the time we spent with her.
I know she is in a better place, praying for all of you.
Praying for you and your family at this time.
Michael & Diane Brooks
What a blessing a Godly woman is to the generations. Cathy, we will keep you and your family in our prayers in the days and weeks ahead.
Sheena B. Simpson
May you be comforted by knowing that our thoughts and prayers will be with you now and always.
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Rick and Twila Kilgore
Praying for you and your family in your time of loss.
Burt and Ginny Owings
Your mother was such a sweet lady. She welcomed everyone with kindness. She will surely be missed. We love you all.
What a wonderful legacy of love your mom gave to you. She is celebrating with Jesus now. Big hugs from MI!
I did not know her very long but in the short time I did know her she was always sweet and kind. She really touched me in the short time I knew her. She told me she loved me and that her love would never end and she never unloved anyone and i knew she was being honest. I will also do my best to honor her request of me to watch over Meagan and Joshua and protect them.
Cathy, you and your family are continually in my prayers as you grieve the loss of your mother. There is nothing like a mothers love, and through the reading of your mothers obituary that love was truly expressed. With sincere condolences.