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106 year-old North Little Rock woman knew how to live

Emma Williams Finks, 106, of North Little Rock died July 9, 2012.

Affectionately known as Mama Emma to generations of descendants, she was born Aug. 16, 1905, in Natchez, Miss., to Frank and Estella Williams Sr.

She outlived four of her children: Sam Lewis Sr., Martha ReeBell, Frankie L. Price and Alma Ree Countee Wade. She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank Williams Jr. and Earl Patterson.

Survivors include a daughter, Emma Lewis Williams of North Little Rock: two sisters, Emma Jean Smith of San Antonio and Joyce Clarice Williams of North Little Rock.; 22 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; 49 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-granddaughter. She also will be remembered by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family friend Charlotte Thomas said her family and Mama Emma’s relatives connected when they came to Arkansas. She said she’d known the quiet, soft-spoken lady all her life.

The two families were best of friends and their lives intertwined with the passing years. A retired teacher, Mama Emma was as sharp last year at her 105th birthday party as she ever was, Thomas said.

“She loved life and enjoyed being around ‘her kids,’ as she called both her relatives and her friend’s children that she worshiped,” Thomas said. “She would sit spellbound listening to a great-grandchild talk about her day at school like it was on TV.”

Mama Emma knew how to live and how to enjoy life.

Family hour will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Greater Shiloh Baptist Church, 217 Hazel St., North Little Rock, Ark. 72114.

The church also will host her Celebration of Life Service , at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012.

The Rev. Reginald Henderson, pastor at Greater Shiloh will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Superior Funeral Services, 5017 E. Broadway, with Trudean Long Brown in charge.

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