Emma Lee Minshew

12 marzo , 19342 enero , 2021

BIRTH 12 Mar 1934 Lewistown, Lewis County, Missouri, USA

DEATH 2 Jan 2021 (aged 86), Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida, USA

Emma Lee Case Minshew passed away Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 from COVID. She is survived by 5 of her 6 children: Cindy (John) Huberty of Lucas, TX, Will Minshew III of Orlando, FL, Beth Minshew of Palm Bay, FL, Mary (Dave) Opificius of Ocoee, FL, and Wesley (Yusmary) Minshew of Orlando, FL; 13 grand-children and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lee Minshew, Jr., her parents George Wesley Case and Lorannah Roberta Vaughan Case, and an infant daughter, Virginia “Ginger” Leigh Minshew. Due to COVID restrictions a private burial was held January 14th, 2021 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Emma was born in Lewistown, Missouri and has been a resident of Orlando and Winter Garden since 1957. She was the only child of George Wesley Case and Lorannah Roberta Vaughan Case and was raised on a 120 acre farm. She played 3 years of high school basketball and participated in 4-H.

One week after she graduated from high school she took a job and moved to Quincy, Illinois working for Monroe Chemical Co., makers of Putman Fadeless Dyes. A few years later Emma took a job back home in Lewistown as the secretary for the Lewis County Highway Department. Right before her 21st birthday she bought her first car, a 1951 Plymouth. October 1955 her parents and Emma went to Florida on vacation.

The winter of 1956-57 was 20 degrees below zero and the highway was a sheet of ice. That is when she made up her mind that she wasn’t going to spend another winter in such a place. Tuesday, Oct. 1st, with her car packed with her belongings she headed for Florida. Emma didn’t have a job, family or friends there. By Saturday she was hired as a cashier-typist for Asco Loan and found a 2-room apartment at 415 E. South Street in Orlando.

On her 25th birthday Emma married William "Bill" Lee Minshew, Jr. on March 12, 1959 in the Pine Hills Methodist Church. Both Emma and Bill had moved to Orlando the same year as single people with no family or friends in the area. Bill had also moved to escape the cold Baltimore weather. Emma and Bill were the parents of 6 children.

On November 6, 1965 she was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 31. She served in numerous callings in the church, but the most notable were over 22 years in the Orlando Genealogy library and Family History center and many years as a temple ordinance worker in the Orlando Temple.

Emma used the skills she learned on the farm, in 4-H and Relief Society to serve her family, neighbors and others. She sewed, crocheted, knitted, gardened, canned the food from the garden, gave haircuts and permanents to herself and family members, and was the chauffeur for her children and others. She was also a very spiritual lady and turned to the scriptures and prayer for guidance. She did not receive one penny for her service, but instead received many blessings while here on earth and she can look forward to many blessings where she now resides in her new Heavenly home. For more photos and information visit Find a Grave:


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Emma Lee Minshew


Mora and Johnny Clark

7 enero , 2021

Family Minshew,

May all the sweet memories of your Mom bring you solace during this time.
I hope that all the great moments that you were able to have with her brings you comfort.

My heartfelt condolences to you during this time.

Johnny and Mora Clark