Devoted mother

Paula Ann Emery Dirks, 48, of Osage Beach, Missouri, and formerly of Carterville, died Monday, October 28, 2013, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2013, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Steve Adams officiating. Burial will be in North Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are requested and may be made to the United Methodist Children's Home, 2023 Richview Road, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.

Paula was born June 29, 1965, in Herrin, to Paul and Viola (Williamson) Emery. She married Rodney Dirks in Camdenton, Missouri, on February 29, 2012.

She is survived by her mother, Viola Emery of Carterville; husband, Rodney Dirks of Osage Beach, Mo.; son, Blayne Emery Murphy and his wife, Kendra of Hannibal, Mo.; daughter, Camlyn Jordyn Monfort of Osage Beach, Mo.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Judy Dirks of Bourbon, Mo.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Paula was preceded in death by her father; maternal and paternal grandparents; three uncles; two aunts; and two cousins.

She was a graduate of Carterville High School.

She was of the Christian faith.

Paula worked in Food Service Management in Osage Beach and had previously done a lot of office and computer work over the years.

She was a devoted mother and loved her family very much. She will be dearly missed.

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