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Emmalou Jeffrey, 82 / May 1, 1927 – Oct. 27, 2009

Published 9:33am Thursday, October 29, 2009

Emmalou Jeffrey, 82, of Worrell Street in Niles, died at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 at West Woods of Niles following a brief illness.

She was born in Plymouth, Ind. on May 1, 1927 to Forest and Sina (Tinsley) Wood. She had lived in Niles for 56 years, coming from Plymouth and South Bend. She was a homemaker and also was employed by Brandywine Community Schools and as a switchboard operator for a doctor’s office in South Bend.

Emmalou was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge No. 449 in Buchanan and the Laureate Gama Beta Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.

On May 22, 1955, she married Max Rex Jeffrey in South Bend. He preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 2006.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Michael Jeffrey, who died on July 26, 2009, and Mitchell Jeffrey, who died on Nov. 26, 1977.

Emmalou is survived by her twin brother, Richard Wood, of Gaylord, Mich.; daughter, Lynette (John) Kababik, of White Lake, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Shari Fergison, of Niles; grandchildren, Angie Clayborn, Jennifer Maddox, Courtney Hutchinson, Stephanie Vines, Nicole Jasinski, Amber Carpenter, P.J. Connors, Michael Jeffrey II, Erin Jeffrey, Michelle Jeffrey, Jeremy Nelson, Melissa Nelson, Melinda Wyant and Brianna Nelson; and 17 great-grandchildren.

The memorial service for Emmalou will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with the Rev. Daniel D. Miller of First Missionary church in Niles officiating.

The family will receive relatives and friends beginning one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Emmalou may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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