In Loving Memory of Emma C. Penn
December 25, 1919 - October 19, 2018
On Thursday, December 25, 1919, Emma Christine Penn was born to the parents of Ulysses and Josephine Bluntson, in Adam, Mississippi. She was the ninth child born to this unit. Emma became affectionately known as "Cutie" by family and friends. Emma accepted Christ as her Savior and attended New Salem Baptist Church, along with her family.
In November of 1942, Cutie packed up and moved to Los Angeles, CA to join other family members and to start a new life. She never looked backed.
Upon arriving in California, Cutie, worked various jobs, until she landed a job with Croft Hines, there she was Union Steward and retired in 1992.
Cutie joined Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church under Pastor Evans and remained a faithful member, until her death, under Pastor Elton Johnson. During her tenure at Metropolitan, she served as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, and on the Usher Board.
After retirement, Cutie joined the Willowbrook Senior Citizen Center, where is enjoyed playing dominoes and rarely lost. She held the position of Chaplin and organized many trips and events. She was a faithful member at the Jarvis Center until her health prevented her from attending.
Cutie was always the life of the party, her bubbly personality and feistiness left a mark on everyone that she met. Her smile could light up a room, and sometimes, so could her mouth".
Cute was featured at the J-Spot as a guest comedian and was a hit. She missed her calling as a comedian, but her family and close friends always got a clean and not so clean joke from her from time to time.
Cutie was married several times, and she often said, "I"m not ashamed of being married so many times, it's a sign that I'm lovable".
Even though Cutie, didn't have children of her own, she raised and loved several, like they were her own Leon Burks, Eugene Brown, Mary Burks, James Brown Jr., Lucille Martin, and Jacqueline McLemore. They loved her, as their CUTIE, and she was more than an Aunt, she was a 2nd Mother and a very good friend.
Cutie loved to eat, listen to the blues, play dominoes, watch Judge Judy, and being around family.
On Friday, October 19, 2018, Cutie quietly went home to be with the LORD. She leaves behind countless numbers of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Cutie was the last of the original 11".. Ulysses, Martin, Arthur, Manual, Ruby, William, Amy, Ollie, Queen, and Elijah" She was also our last Family Matriarch. The torch will now move to the next generation to lead the family, may we be as strong as the original 11.
Today we will not mourn the passing of our Cutie, but we will celebrate her well-lived life. We will cherish her memory forever"