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Mary Grace Emde

January 10, 1932 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Mary Grace Emde Obituary

MaryGrace Kelahan Emde

January 10, 1932 - February 7, 2024

MaryGrace Kelahan Emde died peacefully on February 7, 2024, surrounded by loved ones after a brief illness. She was born on January 10, 1932  in Granite City, Illinois, one of ten children of Joseph and Concordia Kelahan. Her large family filled her with joy and laughter. In 1961, she married a Roman Stanley Emde and their careers took them from Granite City to Memphis, Tennessee to Huntsville, Alabama to Bowling Green, Kentucky and finally to Atlanta in 1974. In Atlanta she continued her work as a nurse, raised her family, became a patron of the arts, and was an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary.  She graduated with a degree in nursing from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Granite City in 1952 and worked as a registered nurse in East St Louis, then at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, and finished her nursing career at Egleston Hospital in Atlanta as the charge nurse overseeing the pediatric intensive care unit.  She loved art, music, traveling and lively gatherings, but her most precious moments were spent with family.  She is survived by her daughter Christina Ella Emde Riley (Adam), son Roman Erick Emde (Paula), grandsons Matthew Richard Emde, Roman William Emde, and Damien Zane Riley, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held in her honor on Monday, February 19 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2855 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. Internment at Honey Creek Woodlands in Conyers, Georgia will take place at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to the Toco Hills Community Alliance food pantry (https://tocohillsalliance.org/donate/).

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Funeral Mass
Monday
February 19, 2024

11:00 AM
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, Georgia

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