Emma Jean Mitchell Punch, 82, of Hickory died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born October 25th, 1937 she was the daughter of William Ray Hart and Annie Lee Hildebran Hart. She worked 45 years as a LPN at Frye Regional Medical Center and the Lutheran Home. After retirement, she spent much of her time caring for others. She was president of the Ladies Auxillary of the Post 48 American Legion.
A daughter, Maria Jean Dagenhart and husband Ronald of Hickory; four sisters, Edith Lovett and husband Everett of Charlotte, Louise Hipps of Valdese, Margaret Abee of Hickory and Geneva Hilton of Hickory; four grandchildren, Autumn Judd and husband Michael, Adam Dagenhart and wife Livvy, Andrew Dagenhart and Alex Ray Mitchell and two great grandchildren, Jasmine Judd and Aria Dagenhart; three sister-in-laws, Eva Setzer, Marshalein Teague and husband Richard and Virgie Punch; daughter-in-law Michelle Mitchell and a number of nieces and nephews survive her.
Her son, Marshall Ray Mitchell, her first husband, Glenn Ray Mitchell and her second husband, Fred Albert Punch, an infant daughter Michelle, and her beloved pet Coco preceded her in death.
The funeral will be 3:00 pm Sunday, November 17th, 2019 at Westview United Methodist Church with Pastor Pete Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Fairgrove UMC Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm Sunday, November 17th, 2019 at Westview United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association 161 N. Clark, Suite 3550 Chicago, IL 60601 or to Westview United Methodist Church 1309 1st Ave SW Hickory, NC 28602.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Punch family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.
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