Obituary for Emma Jo Jones Ploeger


Emma Jo Jones Ploeger passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, August 26, 2022.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Edwin M. “Buddy” Cooper, Jr. officiating. A non-public loved ones interment will be held Wednesday at the Historic Riverside Cemetery in Macon, Georgia with Rev. Jimmy Asbell officiating. The relatives will receive pals 1 hour prior to the services at St. Paul United Methodist Church according to McMullen Funeral Household and Crematory 3874 Gentian Blvd. Columbus, Ga. 31907.

Emma Jo Jones Ploeger was born 80 yrs back in San Antonio, Texas.  She was the daughter of Wallace Glenn Jones of Fayetteville, GA and Mary Helen Steed Jones of Fairburn. GA. respectively.  Emma Jo lived the to start with 13 a long time of her lifestyle in Texas where by her father was a civil engineer with the Federal government Corp of Engineers.  In 1955, she  returned to her Ga heritage by relocating to Macon, Georgia.  As a pupil at A.L. Miller Substantial Faculty for women, Emma Jo was vice president of student council, initially president of the Inner-Faculty College student Councils of Bibb County , a cheerleader for the Lanier Poets, homecoming queen, and voted course favored her senior 12 months. 

As a freshman at Wesleyan School in Macon, she was chosen as a cheerleader, member of the homecoming court and voted the Best Dressed Coed for the 1961 September difficulty of Mademoiselle Magazine.  Emma Jo was a trend design in her significant university yrs and was selected by Seventeen Magazine to appear in the September 1960 problem wherever she posed for pictures at The Varsity Cafe in Atlanta. 

Emma Jo transferred to The University of Georgia in the fall of 1961.  She pledged Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and was voted Overlook Modern day Venus by Sigma Chi Fraternity.  She gathered scholastic honors (Mortar Board) by Sigma Chi by remaining selected Homecoming Queen of 1962, Pandora Court, Skip March of Dimes, Miss out on Athens, first runner-up to Overlook Georgia and the Nationwide Peach Queen of 1962.  

Upon marrying Invoice Ploeger of Darien, Georgia she moved to Columbus, Ga where by Bill started an insurance profession with the Jordan Firm and Emma Jo continued her services to some others.  Emma Jo began as a trainer at the Women Club and within a few many years she turned President of the Ladies Club Board of Administrators.  In 1968, Emma Jo obtained the Distinguished Support Award from the Girls Club International. 

In 1971, Emma Jo was awarded/identified as 1 of the Superb Women of The united states for her several volunteer attempts.  She was just one of 50 recipients throughout America. 

Emma Jo’s services to her group have included… 25 calendar year membership as a St. Francis Medical center Board of Trustees member, vice-chairman and secretary of the Healthcare facility Authority of Columbus, St. Francis Hospital Foundation founding board member, Columbus State Higher education Schwob Section of Audio Patrons of Audio founding board member, Boy Scouts of The united states govt board, Chamber of Commerce Health-related Affairs Board, Vice-President of the Springer Theater Business Board of Directors, and Historic Columbus Foundation Board of Trustees.

As a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Emma Jo served on the executive board in several capacities.  She taught Sunday university and holiday bible faculty.  She organized the initial Easter Egg Hunt in 1968 which has ongoing to this day as a major fund raiser for the United Methodist Gals of St. Paul.

Emma Jo entered the organization world as trend director at Kirven’s Section Retail store from 1975-1977.  In 1977, she pioneered the principle of actual estate corporate relocation for Dan Parker Actuality Company and remained in that industry till 2000.

She savored her membership in the Columbus Junior League, Sprig and Dig Back garden Club, Inexperienced Island Region Club, Massive Eddy Club, Ga Trust for Historic Preservation, Columbus Historic Foundation, Columbus Museum of Arts and Sciences, College of Georgia Alumni Basis, Wesleyan College Basis, Columbus Symphony Guild, Summit Constitution College Foundation of Cashiers, N.C., Superior Hampton State Club of Cashiers, N.C. the place she had a property, Diamiano Middle of Duluth, MN, and the Girl’s Club of Columbus the place she been given the Distinguished Services Award of Women Intercontinental. 

Emma Jo is survived by her daughter Allison Ploeger Young (Richard) of Macon, GA,  her grandsons, William Whitaker Youthful, Atlanta, GA, and Thomas Steed Youthful, Nashville, TN.  She will be remembered fondly for her generous spirit, big heart, fun loving character, and intense devotion to mates and family.  She was liked and will be skipped.

Donations can be built to Girls Inc. 3535 Levy Street Columbus, GA 31903, St. Paul United Methodist Church 2101 Wildwood Ave. Columbus, GA 31906, or Antioch United Methodist 7650 Rivertown Rd. Fairburn, GA 30213.


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