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Obituary: Emma B. Mathews

Emma B. Mathews

Emma B. Mathews

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, our beloved mother, Emma B. Mathews, was called home to be with our Lord while visiting in Denver, Colo.

Emma was born Emma Genevieve Badilla near Congress Junction, Ariz., to Frank and Carmen Badilla; she was one of six children. As a child, Emma and her family moved to Kingman, where she would spend the rest of her life.

On Dec. 7, 1964, Emma married the love of her life, Neil R. Mathews. In 1976, Emma and Neil opened Neil and Emma's Margaritaville, which later became Emma's Place. Emma is remembered for her hospitality, smile and amazing Mexican food, which she made from scratch each morning.

After retiring from the restaurant, Emma spent the later years of her life enjoying her family. Many people, including the family, always looked forward to each Christmas when Emma and her sisters would make her famous tamales!

Emma was preceded in death and once again joins her beloved husband, Neil R. Mathews; parents, Frank and Carmen Badilla; sister, Lillian Burke; brother, Larry Badilla; grandson, Joshua Tapia; and great-granddaughter, Emily Taylor.

Emma is loved and survived by her children, Roque Tapia Jr., Ernest (Julie) Tapia, Frank Tapia, Theresa Tapia, Eddie (Chris) Tapia, Eric (Krisha) Mathews, and Stacy (John) Cave. Memories of Emma will live on in her grandchildren, Gabriel, Aricka, Ernie Jr., Robert, Cody, Brian, Tina, Celina, Emma, Lisa, Raymond, Dominic, Alisha, Alexis, Cierra, Sydney, Justin, Ashley, Haley and Jake. Emma was further blessed by 25 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Emma is also survived by her sisters, Angie Badilla, Ernestine Ramirez and Beatrice (Nick) Trujillo.

Our loss is great, but we as a family and all who knew Emma were blessed with the genuine heart and person that was Emma. We are all better for having her in our lives.

Per Emma's wishes, no public services will be held.