Emma Louise Peters

May 24, 1939 - March 10, 2024

Emma Louise Peters, age 84, of Cranberry Township PA, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2024. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 24, 1939, she was the beloved daughter of the late Earl and Dorothy Holzman.

Emma was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend who touched the lives of all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Edward) Hughes, her cherished grandchildren, Ryan and Sean Hughes, and her dear sister Norma (Robert) Jones, along with their children Kelly (Mark) Workman and Greg (Jennifer) Jones. Emma shared a lifetime of great times and memories with her family, filled with laughter, love, and countless cherished moments.

Emma spent a year at Penn State before dedicating her life to her family as a homemaker. She later pursued her passion for education and the arts. She earned an MBA from Duquesne University and had a successful career at PNC Bank for the next 20 years. Her true passion was for the arts. An accomplished artist and photographer, she filled her home with pottery, photographs, and paintings. She was an active member of a botanical drawing club, combining her love for art and gardening.

An avid gardener, Emma took pride in her flower and herb gardens. She was also a talented seamstress, creating curtains, pillows, and even masks during the pandemic.

Emma was a lifelong learner, taking adult classes in literature and art history at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. She was a lover of classical music, holding season tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony.

In her later years, Emma found joy and companionship at Sherwood Oaks, where she made many new friends. She dedicated countless hours to crocheting plastic bags for the homeless in Pittsburgh and was proud of the bench Sherwood received for their recycling efforts. She cherished her time with friends in the art room and was a skilled and dedicated bridge player.

Emma’s passion for creativity, and her kind and even-tempered nature will be remembered by all who were fortunate to know her.

A service to celebrate Emma’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Emma’s memory to the Sherwood Oaks Scholarship Fund. Emma’s warmth, wisdom, and artistic spirit will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

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  • Ruth Inkpen

    I miss Emma, our Sherwood courtyard neighbor, and a good friend. She was very happy that she made the decision to move to Sherwood. Her beautiful patio home, a warm refuge, showed her artistic eye and talent. She was the only participant in our PLARN (plastic yarn) project who crocheted a whole plastic mat (6×9 ! ). I’m glad to have known Emma and her family.

  • Jan Kimball

    Emma was a neighbor and friend at Sherwood Oaks. She had a ready smile and laugh especially at our monthly courtyard dinners. Although our friendship spanned only 4 short years, it was long in laughter, shared interests and her joy of the arts. We had many smiles and memories. RIP, Emma. ❤️


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