Emma Jean Polen, 77, of Lowell, passed away Friday (Feb. 15, 2013) at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta. She was born March 1st, 1935 in Connorville, Ohio, a daughter of the late Paul T. and Mildred Carpenter Mowrey.
She was a member of the Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Whipple. She was also a member of the Aurelius Chapter No. 60 Order of Eastern Star where she was the Worthy Matron in 1978, 1979, 1986 and 2009. She was also a member of the Marietta Shrine #12 White Shrine of Jerusalem having served as the High Priestess in 1982 and Grand Representative of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in 1987.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Nancy Proger, Hess Krinki and Mary Bayliss; one daughter-in-law, Tami Polen.
She was loved and will be missed by her family, husband James E. Polen of the home whom she married July 12, 1951; three sons, Joseph (Donna) Polen of Lowell, Tom Polen of Caldwell, and James (Charlotte) Polen Jr. of Fort Myers, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Stephanie Reed, Rhea Neugebauer, Misty (Jammie) Brock, Michele Polen, Eric Petty, Celina Petty, Vincent Allen, Michele Rainer and Sheila Marie Polen; 12 great-grandchildren, Max, Leo, Luke, Amyah, Brodie, Autumn, Mariza, Myranda, Mason, Zoey, Gavin and Sophie; one brother, Paul T. (Lola) Mowrey Jr. of Dover. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2013) at Chandler Funeral Home, 609 West St., Caldwell, Ohio, 43724, with an Eastern Star service observed at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2013) with an hour of visitation prior, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, Whipple, Ohio, 45788, with Pastor Jeff Baumer officiating. Burial will be held in Holly Memorial Gardens in Colerain, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Twin Rivers Baptist Church, P.O. Box 42, Marietta, Ohio, 45750. To send a sympathy card or leave words of comfort for the family, please visit the funeral home's web site at www.ChandlerFuneralHome.net