Emma Lou Mack

Emma Lou Mack, 76, Altoona, died suddenly Wednesday at UPMC Altoona.

She was born in Claysburg, daughter of the late Willis and Mabel (Ford) Pierce.

Surviving are a son, Brian “Butchie” Pierce of Altoona; a sister, Mary Trice (John) of Mount Union; 13 grandchildren: Natalie Pierce of Pittsburgh, and Damien Pierce, Wesley Pierce, Erika Quinn, Alycia Jones, Ashley Pierce, Kristen Pierce, Kevin Pierce Jr., Casey Pierce and Brandi Pierce, all of Altoona, and Sonja Powell in Washington, Adam Moore in South Carolina, and Lorraine Pierce in Michigan; 35 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. All will miss her every day.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Celia Pierce; a son, Kevin Pierce Sr.; a granddaughter, Regine Pierce; and six siblings: Charles Pierce, Willis Pierce, Thomas Paul Pierce, Carrie Pierce, Callie Pierce and Luther Pierce.

Born and raised in Claysburg, Emma was a very loving and religious person. In her early years, after the death of her only daughter, Celia, Emma became a mother figure to Celia’s two young children, Damien and Natalie. She raised them as her own and enjoyed every moment doing so.

She attended school at Claysburg-Kimmel and was a longtime employee at Proctor Silex, Bellwood. After raising her grandchildren, she moved to the Eleventh Street Towers, in downtown Altoona, where she enjoyed many activities and had many friends, who will miss her dearly.

She found great joy being part of the Foster Grandparent Program through Blair Senior Services, tending to young children throughout Blair County. She was a former member of Prince of Peace Church of God in Christ, Altoona.

Emma had a smile on her face as long as she had her family, an ice-cold Pepsi and her Bible.

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. A funeral service will be held at noon Monday, May 2, 2016, in Stevens Memorial Chapel, Bishop B.J. Ravenal Sr. officiating. Committal prayers will be at Blair Memorial Park Cemetery, Bellwood.