Let the memory of Nana be with us forever.
  • 97 years old
  • Born on September 24, 1921 in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States.
  • Passed away on February 2, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

Emma M. McCoy, was born on September 24, 1921 in Burlington County, NJ. She passed away on February 2, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. After 97 years on this earth she leaves a legacy of love, and laughter. 

In life, Emma, was known for her artistic talents, her generous spirit, and her devotion to her friends and family as a caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, and Nana. She was truly the life of the party. Her infectious personality would leave an impression on you long after you left her company. She had a smile and a laugh that could brighten any room. She was a woman with a strong will, and an equally gentle nature. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Emma, was the middle of eight children born to William Charles and Myrtle Bradway. In the mid 1920s the family moved to Delaware County, Pennsylvania. There, she was educated in the Delaware County Public School System. When Emma finished school in 1937, she went on to serve her country in World War II as a Typist.

After the war, Emma got a job as an operator for Bell Telephone. She was the first of three generations in the family to work for Ma Bell, followed by her daughters, and two of her granddaughters.

As an adult, Emma showed great interest in the creative arts, winnin awards for her needle point and watercolor works. She was also a talented and sought-after seamstress. She passed her love of sewing on to her daughters. 

Emma, was a committed member of Calvary Episcopal Church for 70 years, serving on numerous auxiliaries through the years.

In the 1950s, Emma and her husband, Charles McCoy, moved their family to North Hutton St., in the home she lived in for nearly 60 years. There, she also developed a live-long friendship with her neighbor Mickey Waddy. 

Emma loved to travel, taking cruises around the world with her friends and senior groups. She  loved to go to the casino with the senior center, however, she only played the penny slots! She was also a long time member of the Red Hat Society. 

As a senior, Emma held on to her status as a social butterfly, winning the Ms. Kearsley Pageant in 2015. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles McCoy, her mother, Myrtle Bradway, her father, Willian Charles Bradway, seven brothers and sisters, Mary Ellen Weldon, Naomi Whitaker, John Bradway, Marguerite Bradway, Alexander Bradway, Adolph Bradway, and Robert Bradway, her daughters, Myrtle L. Roane, and Helen L. Bradway, and her granddaughter Rochell L. Roane Beebe. 

She is survived by her granddaughters, Denise Roane Barnes (Rick Barnes), Arlene Roane Rahn (Henry Rahn), and Jill Bradway, and her great granddaughters, Amina Taylor, Jordyn Bronner, Nia Bronner, Alyson Beebe, and Devon Beebe, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Nana, we love you and will miss you dearly until we meet again. And as you always reminded us, this is not goodbye. So we say so long, and see you later!

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