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Emma Yates

Emma Jean Yates (Harper)

Tuesday, March 27th, 1945 - Thursday, December 31st, 2020
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Emma Jean (Harper) Yates, 75, wife of Joseph “Joe” Yates, passed away on Thursday, December 31st, 2020. She was born on March 27th, 1945 in Salyersville, Kentucky, daughter of the late Clyde and Rose (Helton) Harper. Emma retired from St. Joseph Hospital where she had worked in Environmental Services. Emma was a devoted member of The Old Paris Road Church of God. She loved to cook for her family and spend time with them any chance she could, especially at the beach. In addition to her beloved husband Joe, Emma is survived by her four children, Jeffrey L. (Carol) Gibson, Michael R. (Carla) Gibson, Lisa A. (Rodney) Helton and Heather M. Patrick; seven grandchildren, Thomas Gibson, Michael Brandon Gibson, Chris (Crystal) Gibson, Matt (Ann) Gibson, Michelle Germond, Lauren Germond and Brittany Miller; eleven great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Natalie Gibson, Josh Zachary, Hunter, Madysen, Kyleigh and Cameron Gibson, Ryan Guenther and Skylar L. and Carson Ray True; her sister, Dora (Charles) Cooper; one brother, Adrian (Dorothy) Harper; numerous nephews, dear friends and the staff that she met at Fresenius Kidney Care Center. Besides her parents, Emma was preceded in death by one brother, James Whitt Harper. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 5th from 5 to 7pm at Johnson’s Funeral Home, Georgetown. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 6th at 12:30PM at The Old Paris Road Church Of God, 1859 Old Paris Pike, Lexington with Pastor Tony Prince officiating. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Thomas Gibson, Rodney Helton, Mason Kelley, Kyle Douglas and Jordan True. To abide by the current regulations, please wear a face covering at all times and practice social distancing requirements while at the visitation and the service. Both the funeral home and the church will be following the fifty-percent capacity limitations. Memorial contributions may be directed to Bluegrass Hospice Care, 2409 Member Way, Lexington, Kentucky 40504.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Johnson's Funeral Home
    641 S. Broadway
    Georgetown, Kentucky 40324
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  • Service

    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 | 12:30pm
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 12:30pm
    The Old Paris Road Church of God
    1859 Old Paris Pike
    Lexington, Kentucky 40505
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    Pastor Tony Prince
  • Interment

    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 | 2:30pm
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 2:30pm
    Camp Nelson National Cemetery
    6614 Danville Road
    Nicholasville, KY 40356
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Michele Cloutier

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I'm so sorry to hear about Aunt Em. I'm Adrian Harper Jr's girlfriend and we are all grieving her loss. Praying for the lord's comfort and peace during this time. The video was beautiful!

Shawn, Natalie, Cameron, and Callie

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Barbara Carter Posted at 12:33pm

So very sorry for your loss. Emma and I spent many hours together following the activities of our granddaughters. She was such a sweet person with a winning smile. It was always fun to share our love for Brittany and Jena.❤️

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