WARREN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Emma Jean Tunstall, 90, of Warren, died late Sunday evening June 13th at the hospice home in Poland.
She was born on May 2, 1931 in Brookville, Pennsylvania, to the late Richard R. and Alyce (Baker) Tunstall.
Her family moved to Warren in 1934 and she attended Warren schools. She took courses at Kent State Extension, courses in banking and was a graduate of Dale Carnegie Courses.
Jean was with the Second National Bank of Warren for 35 years and headed the savings division before retiring.
Jean had a lifelong love of books and reading and was formerly president of the Friends of the Warren Library. She loved to cook and wrote her own cookbook of recipes and memories of growing up during the depression. It was called “Stirred with Love” and contained much of their family history around the recipes.
She belonged to Beta Sigma Phi and was girl of the year in 1971. In 1985, Jean joined the Warren Area Altrusa Club and was its President and for many years directed the Altrusa Craft Show at Packard Music Hall. She had also overseen the Second National Bank Craft Show and organized the Arts, Crafts, and Country Treats arts and crafts exhibition at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds.
Jean enjoyed working with children and was particularly proud of the Altrusa Club’s Adopt-A-School program, which has been providing needed supplies for Warren school children for over 25 years. She also loved gardening and her garden was always colorful and her bird feeders were always full. As a member of the Friend of the Garden at the Ohio State Extension in Cortland, she donated a chestnut grove in memory of her father and a rose garden in memory of her mother in Women’s Park in Warren, along with many stepping stones in memory of dear friends. Jean was also a member of the Trumbull Historical Society, the Friends of the Sutliff Museum, and the Upton Society. As an active member of the Warren Women’s Club, she enjoyed cooking for the members.
Emma Jean trusted in God and, like her family before her, was a Methodist. She had also attended McKinley Memorial Church, First Presbyterian Church of Warren, and most recently Howland United Methodist Church, and said, “God has many houses.”
The principles she lived by were âdo the best of what you have,â âdo what you can to help others,â and âtry to restore the world through the time you’ve been here in a better place â.
Jean leaves behind a sister, Jacqueline Downing of Warren; a niece, Sharon Hendrickson of Columbus; and a nephew, Paul (Lori) Downing of Cortland. She also leaves behind several great-nieces and great-nephews and her dear friend Mary Sabol of Warren, whom Jean considered her daughter.
The funeral will be held on Monday, June 21 at 11:00 am at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 North Park Avenue, Warren, under the direction of Pastor Matt Darrin. Friends can call one hour before the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
She is buried near her parents in the Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.
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