Emma Lou Barrows passed on June 24, 2019 at the age of 94 while surrounded by family and close friends.
She was born in Gallia County, Ohio where she was raised. After graduating from high school at age 16, Emma moved to Huntington, W.V. to attend business school and begin her career.
While living in Huntington, Emma met and fell in love with Paul Barrows, and they were married on March 4, 1944. In 1950, Emma, Paul and their daughter Sandra moved to Southern California, and a few years later the family moved to the Inland Empire where they remained.
Emma and Paul started a bookkeeping and tax preparation business, which Emma continued to run after her husband’s death in 1988. She continued her career until age 91 at which time she retired and began to focus more on her other interests.
Emma was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in San Bernardino for more than 50 years and was a member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church (formerly known as Del Rosa UMC) for the remaining 15 years of her life. Additionally, she was an active member of TOPS at the Highland Senior Center, played bridge weekly, enjoyed season tickets to local theatre venues, loved to cook and greatly enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Emma will be greatly missed by all those who knew her and were blessed to experience her loyalty, determination and sharp mind.
She leaves behind a brother, Richard Sheets of Pataskala, Ohio, her daughter Sandra Brasher of Highland and her granddaughter Natalie Brasher of Redlands, as well as nephews, cousins and many close friends. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday July 22, at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Beginnings United Methodist Church-North Campus (formerly named Del Rosa UMC), 3350 Del Rosa Ave., San Bernardino, or to a charity of your choice.