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Emma “Dee” L. Hoerr

Emma “Dee” L. Hoerr 88, formerly of Taylor, Mo., went home to be with Jesus at 8:24 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Roanoke, Ill.

Emma was born Jan. 19, 1934, to David Charles Massner and Carrie Louise Reber Massner in Morris, Minn. She was married to Robert W. Hoerr on Feb. 23, 1958, in Fort Scott, Kan. He preceded her in death on Aug. 19, 2019.

Survivors include five children, Brent Hoerr (Charlotte), Palmyra Mo.; Scott Hoerr, Sabetha, Kan.; Ted Hoerr, Taylor, Mo.; Amy Adrian (Rusty), Palmyra; and Carrie Sherman (Mike), Brimfield, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, David Hoerr, Jennifer Haerr (Parker), Ashley Sauder (Mark), Kaitlyn Kaeb (Matt), Alexandra Hoerr, Aubrey Carson (Chase), Sarah Bryant (Travis), Adam Adrian (Kathryn), Aaron Adrian (Natalia), Andrew Adrian and Oliver Sherman; 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 61 years, Robert Hoerr; siblings, Mary Huber, Roy Massner, Pearl Miller, Lillian Fischer, Ethel Smith, Ruthie Hoerr and Ray Massner; and granddaughter, Hannah Adrian.

Emma was many things to many people. Her love of the Lord and her strong faith carried through in everything she did. She led by example so that her children and grandchildren would do the same. She read her Bible every day and shared its passages with a kindness and generous spirit. 

It is hard to express just how to help you understand the full complexity of a woman like Emma; a woman who on the outside may appear as just a farm wife and mom to a large growing family, but who brings it all to the table for everyone she loves. 

Emma “Dee” L. Hoerr

She was an Uber driver long before the concept began as she took the kids wherever they needed to go. Emma served as a 4-H leader and as a member of the Taylor Made Women’s Club, ran a catering business and was a longtime volunteer within the community. Emma was known for her birthday singing grams that her loved one’s looked forward to hearing every year.

Emma was a whiz in the kitchen, and the family would line up for the next maple twists, Schnitzbrot or pfeffernusse cookies to come out of the oven. She enjoyed making her Huntington chicken casserole and peanut brittle, holding taffy pulls and making her amazing crepes or as she called them, “thin pancakes.” She was the matriarch most women strive to be, hosting the Hoerr family Thanksgiving for many years. 

Her competitive side would often come shining through with a friendly game of Skip-bo with the family. She loved traveling and attending many Hoerr family reunions over the years and enjoyed the Fort Sam reunions with her husband whenever they got a chance. Her family meant the world to her, and she savored every moment spent teaching, loving, and sharing in their joys and accomplishments.

Emma was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church of Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Apostolic Christian Church, Taylor. Ministers of the church will officiate. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Hoerr, Parker Haerr, Oliver Sherman, Andrew Adrian, Aaron Adrian, Adam Adrian, Mark Sauder, Chase Carson and Travis Bryant.

Honorary pallbearer will be Matt Kaeb.

Visitation will be held at the Apostolic Christian Church, on Nov. 23, 2022, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to either the Apostolic Christian churches of Taylor and Sabetha for their youth groups.

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