01/20/1946 - 09/21/2022
Service Date: 10/08/2022
Service Time: 10:30 AM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery Funeral Home 2100 E. Queen Creek Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85297

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.


  • Geraldine Moralez

    Emma was a lovely lady and I feel lucky to have worked with her and to have remained friends after she left Intel. She and Glen came to my wedding and we also had a lovely trip to visit Carole in Colorado after I moved back to Arizona. RIP Emma ♥️

  • So sorry for your loss. She was beautiful inside and out!

  • I had the pleasure of getting to know Emma through her beautiful daughter, Brooke. As the obituary stated, Emma was filled with life and exuded a gentle spirit. Her smile was one that could light up a room. As I close my eyes, I see a beautiful Emma sharing in her daughters wedding day – what a special moment for those two ladies – both just as beautiful inside and out. Brooke, my heart goes out to you and Michael. May loving thoughts of your Mom fill your heart today and always.

  • I feel Blessed to have had the Chance to spend time with Emma and Brooke. Emma was a gentle and kind person. She touched my heart and I will forever be grateful that our paths had crossed. Brooke you are a special person, a special daughter to Emma, your caring ways reminded me of how I was when my own mother was sick. I will hold you and your family in my prayers. An Angel is watching over you.

  • Marilyn Noah-McGinnis

    My husband Smithy was a childhood friend of Butch’s and I met Emma many years ago. Emma was always the shinning light for all of us. I’m so very sorry for your loss. She will be missed by so many friends and family.

  • Emma was a lovely lady. I enjoyed talking to her at one of our class reunions and catching up. Sounds lke she had a wonderful life and family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Kathy McCullough Trayser

    I have very distant yet fond memories of Emma from our early years growing up as neighbors. Emma and brothers Eddie and Richard would join us in our back yard and play for hours. I remember having Swedish pancakes at Emma’s house and spending time together playing in the alley by her house. Although we lost touch after my family moved up to Republic Road , I still have vivid memories of those early years.
    It seems that she had a full and meaningful life.
    My condolences to Emma’s family and sending thoughts of healing and comfort to all.

  • Brad & Sharon Rachielles

    Sharon and I knew Emma almost all of her life, going back to grade school, confirmation at Bethany , all through BHS and had been blessed to see she and Glen on occasion throughout the years. The above writing is exactly as we remember Emma. Those memories will be cherished always. Emma was a bright spot in our lives. May she rest peacefully.

  • Emma was one of the kindest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing & working with. She was the first person I met on my first day of work at my first out-of-college job at Intel. I remember her laughing at how young I was and I instantly knew she was super cool. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. She was always nice, even when she was mad – which was incredible. Love and condolences to you & yours.

  • Carrie Lufen Farnsworth

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Love you all! Your Mom was such a wonderful person, friend and 2nd mom to me growing up. Lots of love, hugs and prayers!

  • Mindy Fanucci Carbajal

    Mrs. Stainton was a beautiful, kind person. Rest in peace😔 Sending love and hugs to Brooke and family. ❤️

  • Emma was always so kind and cheerful and generous The world is a little dimmer without her bright light in it. My condolences to the family.

  • I went to school in Batavia with Emma and was in Girl Scouts with her too. She was a sweet and gentle person, someone you could not help but like, admire and value as a friend. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • I’m Emma’s brother. Emma was always kind and thoughtful. She was always happy and a very pleasant person. We grew up in the 50’s and 60’s in Batavia Illinois. We had a great childhood playing with classmates and neighborhood children. She always excelled in everything she was involved in. She was a loving sister and will be greatly missed. We always wished we lived closer together. Thank you Brooke for taking such great care of her. Emma you will be greatly missed by all your family and friends.

  • Rian and Judy Hogsett

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Emma will be missed. Such a lovely soul. We certainly had some good times with Glen and Em when they were our neighbors in Littleton. She will always be in our thoughts. Again, our condolences.

  • Beautiful tribute for a beautiful life. Your mom was cool lady. Love you Brooke and I’m sending you and your family my condolences.

  • Ronna Ransberger

    Emma was such a sweet lady. She always had a smile. RIP Emma.

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