Emma Matrina Beach was called to heaven on July 30, 2018 where she was greeted with open arms by those who passed before her, including her parents; Harvey McKinley Jones Sr. & Annie Louise Jones, brothers; Harvey Jr., Hillary, William, George, Frederick, and her sister Gladys. Born on August 12, 1940 in Wilmington N.C., she was the youngest of Harvey & Annie‘s eleven children.
When Emma was young, the family relocated to Copiague, New York on Long Island. After finishing her school years, she worked at Double Day where she met and fell in love with Charles Beach. They were married on December 18, 1959.
Emma received her degree from Adelphi University. In addition to raising her own children, she worked in the early childhood education field, teaching and caring for little ones for decades, right up until her passing. Her love for children has had an impact on hundreds of families that entrusted their children to her, which has resulted in a sea of love from so many. To know her was to love her and she will truly be missed.
Those left to carry on her legacy of love include her husband and best friend of 59 years, Charles Beach Sr., children, Rhea (Howard), Brian (Lisa), Charles (Heather), and Daniel (Yirey). Grandchildren, Sonya (Tony), Nicole (Leister), Aaron (Samantha), Sarai, Kalila, Christian, Angel, Luna, Kwame and Kofi and great grandchildren Jamel, Brianna, Arianna, Olivia, Azavier and Alysse. She also leaves behind sisters Mildred, Rizpah, Sadie, and Lois, several sister in laws and dozens of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen on Monday (Aug. 6th) from 6-8pm followed by a Service of Remembrances at 8:00pm with The Reverend Michael E. Hartney. The family will also receive friends and relatives on Wednesday (Aug. 8th) from 12pm-1:30pm at St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 100 46th St, Lindenhurst, NY; followed by a mass at 1:30pm; by The Reverend Diane L. Neuls-DeBlasio; and burial at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 2030 Wellwood Ave Farmingdale, NY. You may express condolences to the family or “Light a Candle of Remembrance” online at www.RoyceChedzoy.com