On Jan. 19, 1930, She was born in Alpharetta, Ky., to William Taylor and Martha (Hale) Layne. She married Ralph Perkins on March 1, 1946, in Prestonsburg, Ky., who preceded her in death on April 1, 1984. She then married Melvin Miller on Nov. 7, 1987, in Burket. He preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 2009. Emma Jean was a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons: Ralph (Kathy) Perkins, Warsaw; John (Rhonda) Perkins, Warsaw; and Kevin (Kelli) Perkins, Warsaw; four daughters: Toni (Don) Caudill, Warsaw; Jackie (John) Driscoll, Warsaw; Donna Perkins, Burket; Lisa Chaplin, Burket; five step-daughters: Anna Jean Hurd, Mentone, Ind.; Arlene (Larry) Sroufe, Larwill, Ind.; Gloria (Ron) Dafforn, Columbia City, Ind.; Gale (Larry) Burkhart, Warsaw; and Saundra (Jack) Ott, Estero, Fla; three step-sons: Michael Miller (Pauline Haynes), Wabash, Ind.; Arthur Miller (Linda Colter), Columbia City, Ind.; and Rich (Kristy) Miller, South Whitley, Ind.; one sister: Georgia Layne, Manton, Ky.; one brother: Burt (Betsy) Lane, Ky.; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a step-son: Melvin Miller Jr.; as well as two grandchildren, three brothers and five sisters.
Visitation hours will be from 4 p.m to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the funeral chapel with Pastor Terry Bradford officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.