Emma's Story

STAMFORD, CONN. - Emma M. (Sellars) Van Houten, age 95, of Stamford, CT, passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday, November 30, 2015. A daughter to the late John Leonard and Estella Madora (Toby) Sellars, she was born November 10, 1920 in Prentiss, Maine and moved to Stamford, CT in the early 1940's where she lived until her passing.

Emma was devoted to her family, and her greatest joy was being a homemaker, and taking care of her family. She was also an avid reader, and enjoyed gardening, country music and square dancing. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

She is survived by her children, Susan Mercer of NY, Virginia Reilly and Linda Lyons both of CT, Diana (Bruce) Redfield of NC, Samuel (Jody) Van Houten of CT, and Annette (Albert) Cocco of CT. She also leaves many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of over 30 years, Samuel Van Houten; brothers, Clifford Sellars, Lawrence Sellars and Charles Sellars; sisters, Rena Mocarski and Ellen Christenson; step-daughters, Beatrice, Margaret, Anna, Dorothy and Shirley; and great-grandson, Jeremy Beardsley.

A graveside service for Emma will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Butterfield Cemetery, Rt. 170, Prentiss, ME.
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