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Emma Jean Inman

Obituary for Emma Jean Inman

April 7, 1923 - January 31, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 94


Emma Jean Inman was born April 5, 1923 in Riddleton, Tennessee, to the union of the late Zabe and Lillie Myrtle (Sloan) Gooch. She was preceded in death by siblings: Harold, Gladys (London), Earl, Agnes (Vaughn), and Douglas Gooch. At an early age, while living in Carthage, Tennessee, she professed a hope in Christ that continued throughout her life. In her youth, she excelled in many areas including basketball and other sports.

She moved to Nashville, Tennessee and was united in holy matrimony to Mahlon Inman in July 1946. From this union two daughters were born, Claudia (Brown) and Amber (Quarles). Emma Jean was a loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mahlon Inman, December 2007.

Emma Jean was an educator and retired from the Catholic School System. She was a charismatic teacher, who was respected and loved by colleagues, students and parents at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School. She particularly enjoyed teaching Math, Science and History. She produced PTA performances in which students learned the history, music and dance traditions of other countries, which highlighted Mexico and Russia. She was instrumental in establishing a high school sorority that exists today.

Emma Jean had a keen interest in fashion and style. She modeled fashions for several department stores at charity events. She was a role model of kindness, elegance and sophistication.

In 2008, a year after the passing of her husband, Mahlon, Emma Jean moved to San Antonio, Texas. She lived with her devoted family, Claudia, her oldest daughter and Alvin Brown, her son-in-law. They were truly a joy and blessing to each other.

She is survived by: daughters, Claudia (Alvin) Brown (San Antonio, TX) and Amber (Stanley-deceased) Quarles (Aiken, SC); her beloved twin sister, Christine Kennis (Milwaukee, WI); special cousin, Ruth Betty (Nashville, TN); treasured niece, Cheryl Kennis (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); nieces - Rosemary Thompson, Jessie Carol Phelps, Kaye, Lolita and Edith Inman; nephews - Vincent (Emma), Anthony (Heather Main) and Meredith Kennis, Harold Gooch, Jr., Guy, Michael, James Herbert, Mahlon and Hugh Inman; grandchildren - Alvin Brown, Jr., Jeanna (Euphoya) Comer, Steffany (Orenthal J) Simpkins, Stanley "Beau", Christina, and Sara Quarles; great grandchildren – Stacey and Xavier Comer, Corbin and Hero Quarles; cousins – Jean James, Henry James, Lillian Brewer; and other relatives and friends.

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Emma Jean peacefully departed this life to begin a new life in God's loving arms. She will be missed by her family and all those whose lives she touched.

The family wishes to give a special thanks to the Kindred Hospice staff for their honest, caring, gentle support during the final days of her beautiful life on earth. The family also wishes to acknowledge the calls, visits, prayers and encouragement during her illness and loss.

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