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Emma Lou Overton

Obituary for Emma Lou Overton

August 8, 1929 - April 11, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana | Age 89


It is with great sadness we announce that Emma Lou Overton, beloved mother, cherished grandmother, wonderful aunt, and dear friend passed away on April 11, 2019. She was on her way to 90 years old. She passed peacefully, having intermittent quiet conversations with God, who surely welcomed her home. She was a faithful Christian and active church member over her many years living in Greenwood. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, a devoted Indiana Pacers fan, frustrated Colts fan, and became a darn good bingo player in her final year.
Emma Lou, "Em" to those who knew her best, grew up in Mount Vernon, Indiana, the daughter of hardworking farmers and sister to 5 siblings who all passed before her. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1947. Soon after high school, she met the love of her life, Bill, at a roller-skating rink. He tripped her, then she tripped him, and that was the beginning of their life together, holding each other up. They married in 1949 and travelled the country for a couple of years before returning to Indiana to settle down with their newly started family in New Harmony, Indiana, Bill's hometown. In 1958, they moved to Greenwood, Indiana, and raised their two children, Larry and Connie there. Em right away went to beauty school, graduated, and started her own successful business of more than 50 years, Em's Beauty Shop. Many Greenwood ladies, some of their daughters and even some lucky sons and husbands spent time in Em's Beauty Shop enjoying the good jokes, the friendly banter, and the local talk of the town, not to mention Em's strong shoulder to lean on if needed. Together, Em and Bill enjoyed going out dancing when they were young and became avid golfers in their 40s. Up until Bill became ill and passed with cancer in 1985, they enjoyed golf at their local country club and traveled around the country to popular golf destinations.
After Bill passed, Em continued to run her business for many more years during which time she was very involved helping raise her grandsons. She was a very important figure in their lives as they grew up, and if you knew her, you heard about the 3 of them a lot! Her great bedtime stories, inattention to instructions about when they should go to bed and what they should eat, and general "spoil them rotten" attitude was enough to make her their "number one". She also loved to shop and was a skilled bargain hunter. But on the flipside, she was a loyal, quiet donor, faithfully writing out checks to help the charities and ministries she supported, and always ready and willing to help a neighbor or family member in need. She loved to watch the birds and squirrels on her bird feeders, fill her patio with beautiful flowers to care for and plant a patch of tomatoes each summer, and read the newspaper "cover to cover" every day. She finally retired and closed her beauty shop in 2005 at age 76, after which time she remained living (fiercely) independently in her home until she suffered a fall in June of 2018 and broke her hip. After that injury she never was able to return to her beloved home. Em, or "Emma" as they called her there, spent her final 8 months of life at Magnolia Springs at Southpointe in an assisted living apartment. She had accepted it as her new home with new friends, and dearly loved the staff who helped care for her there. She called them her "angels".
True to form, many of Em's greatest accomplishments were private, and might only be discovered in the many letters and notes among stacks of ironed linens in a closet or dresser drawer at home, or boxes tucked under a bed. She had a heart and soul that family, friends, and caregivers will miss deeply. Her playful sense of humor and strong faith never wavered as her body became frail and weak. And while we are sad for ourselves to lose her earthly presence, we are so happy for her to be reunited with her life's love, Bill, because she had waited so long to see him again, and we know he was waiting for her.
In her memory, let us carry on in love, kindness, and above all, empathy for those troubled or in need. Her loving family that she left here with that mission include her son, Larry Overton and his wife Katrina; her daughter Connie Rubek and her husband, Vladimir; grandsons (William) Philip Rubek, Samuel Rubek, and Keagon Overton, plus many loving nieces and nephews and even their children too, many to whom she was their "favorite aunt".
"Mom, Nan, Mamaw, Aunt Em, and friend Em" – will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered with the feeling of a warm hug in our hearts, a small chuckle in our ears when we least expect it, and a clear voice in our heads to help guide us the rest of our days.

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