Sharlyn Kay Emerson

Sharlyn Kay Emerson, age 80, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, passed away at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.  She was born October 26, 1939, near Halltown, Missouri, the daughter of Olan Francis and Virginia Cleta (West) Johnson.
Sharlyn was a 1957 graduate of Miller High School in Miller, Missouri.  Following high school she attended Draughon Business College in Springfield, Missouri.  She went to work in 1969 for Zenith Electronics Corporation and retired after 23 years at Zenith.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.
Sharlyn married William Darrell Prater on June 24, 1960.  From this marriage they had three children.  In July 1972 she married Glendel Aubrey Emerson, who preceded her in death on June 13, 2005.
In August of 2007 she met Roy Robison, who was a loyal and constant companion.  He helped her through her battle with cancer and never left her side.  Even though they never married, he is family.
Sharlyn is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Colley of Mt. Vernon; two sons, Greg Prater and his wife, Bonnie, and Chris Prater and his wife, Kristy, all of Mt. Vernon; one step-daughter, Dena Wolfe and her husband, Kevin, of Halltown, Missouri; one sister, Betty Janice Wood and her husband, Don, of Clever, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jason Prater,  Erika Elmore, Brandon Colley, Rachel Bridges and Jared Prater; four step grandchildren, Ryan Boyd, Courtney Chandler, Erick Emerson and Chastity Cook; 13 great-grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren.
Her parents, Olan and Virginia, husband, Glendel Emerson and step daughter Tracy Molenda, preceded her in death.
A funeral service, under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, in Mt. Vernon, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. Burial will follow at the Rock Prairie Cemetery in Halltown, Missouri.  Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, in the funeral home chapel.
Memorial donations may be made payable to the First Baptist Church, in care of the funeral home.
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