COLUMBUS, GA— Emma Jean Thornton Alberts, 47, of Columbus,
died Thursday, May 12 at The Medical Center Hospital.
things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Don't lose confidence in your dream. God yearns to do the
impossible for you."
life lived well is a life worth living. A servant-leader and
visionary, Emma dared to believe in the beauty of her dreams.
She was a faithful friend, a loyal listener, a beacon of light
in time of need; a devoted wife, trusted confidante, and inspiring
example to others. Her life is a testimony of God's grace
and love, which she freely shared with others. Emma never
lost sight of the things most important in life: her faith
in God, her love of family, and her hope for a brighter future.
Indeed, she was a woman of conviction who lived the life she
had imagined—one with meaning and purpose—following
after the heart of God.
graduate of the University of Georgia with a master's degree
in Adult Education, Emma served more than fourteen years as
a County Extension Agent and Director of the Fayette County
Extension Service before being called into full time ministry.
She later became a licensed real estate agent in the Atlanta
area and most recently had accepted a position as Community
Relations Director at Beacon University in Columbus, Georgia.
loved her family and friends dearly. She loved the simple
things in life and found pleasure in finding ways to make
a difference in other people's lives. She possessed a rare
ability to bring out the best in others. Her life's mission
was to inspire others to believe in the impossible, to reach
for ther dreams, to discover a new vision, to do and to be
all they could. Emma celebrated life and wanted others to
celebrate with her. Her persistence and determination to accomplish
great things inspired greatness in others. Emma's life touched
many different people in many different ways; literally thousands
of people's lives have been touched and forever changed because
of Emma's visionary leadership and dedication to lifelong
service. She was real with people and met everyone with kindness
and generosity. For generations to come Emma will be remembered
for far more than her exuberance and contagious enthusiasm
for life; her legacy is that she lived a life that will outlast
all of her accomplishments—she lived a life worth living.
laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of
honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave
the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden
patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life
has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have
succeeded." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
is survived by her husband, Chris Alberts; her children, Christopher
Alberts of Marietta, GA, Natanya and her husband, Manuel DaCosta
of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Liezelle and her husband,
Johnny Chowles of Bushman's River, South Africa, and their
children, Hannah, Jonathan, and Michaela; her sister and brother-in-law,
Marie and Ron Cope; her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and
Connie Thornton; her dearest friend, Nan Taschner; and her
mother, Louise Thornton, and preceded in death by her father,
Jack M. Thornton.