Emma T. Stainton, 76, passed away peacefully on Sept. 21st, 2022 in Chandler, AZ. Emma was born and raised in Batavia, Illinois on January 20th, 1946. She attended Batavia High School where she was at the top of her class academically and active as President of the Girls’ Athletic Association and Student Council Secretary. She excelled in the National Honor Society, Glee Club, cheerleading, Modern Language Club, Choir and Yearbook staff as well. Emma was awarded an academic scholarship to Gustavus Adolphus College where she attended freshman year. She then transferred to University of Illinois where she met the love of her life, Glen. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree at U of I in 1967, Glen and Emma married. The happy couple moved to Colorado in 1969 where they proceeded to start their family, including 3 loving children: Michael, Daniel and Brooke.
Emma found great joy in spending time with the family, especially snow skiing, road trips, cooking and participating in a myriad of sports together. She loved playing tennis, aerobics, creating beautiful stained glass, crocheting and music. Traveling was close to Emma’s heart and with either Glen or her girlfriends, she was grateful to have experienced many adventures to Asia, Europe, Mexico, Canada and Australia throughout her life.
When the family moved to Arizona in 1989, Emma began her career at Intel working her way up to Project Manager. She retired in 2014 after a successful 25-year career. While living in the Sonoran Desert, Emma was extremely active in her community enjoying long hikes, line-dancing, trivia nights, Scandinavian club, book club and music concerts.
She loved the little things in life most: a silly joke, all animals, the mysterious beauty of nature, a bite of dark chocolate, Max the cat purring on her lap, dancing to a good country song and most of all, laughing with friends and family. With a sweet kindness and bright smile, Emma touched everyone’s life she met with cheerful delight. As a cherished mother, grandmother, wife, sister and friend, Emma will always be remembered as a loving person with tremendous inner strength who approached everyday with optimism and grace.
Emma was preceded in death by beloved husband Glen and son Daniel. She is survived by her daughter Brooke (Scott), son Michael, grandson Luke and brother Edwin.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday Oct. 8th, 2022 at 10:30am Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85297.