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Emma Jean Divers

1930 - 2021

Emma Jean Divers, 90, known to most as Jean, passed on June 11, 2021 at Evangelical Community Hospital.  She was born June 24, 1930 in Turbotville, a daughter of the late Palmer and Catherine (Zettlemoyer) Yoder.  On January 25, 1952, she married her loving husband, Andrew W. Divers, who preceded her in death.


Jean was a 1948 graduate of North-Mont High School in Turbotville.  She graduated from Thompson Business School in Harrisburg.  Upon graduation, she worked as a secretary for a union office in Milton until leaving to raise her children.  In 1973, she re-entered the workforce to begin her career as a secretary in the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in Milton, retiring in 1992.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, The Milton American Legion, and a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Milton V.F.W.


Surviving is a daughter, Linda Divers and her husband, Earl Travers; a son, Patrick Divers and his companion, Millie Vega all of Milton; two step grandchildren, Ben and Emily Travers; a sister, Betty (Yoder) Hawley of Milton; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins living in the Turbotville and Milton areas.


In addition to her husband, Andy, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Carl (Bud), Robert, Paul, and Richard Yoder, all formerly of Turbotville.


Jean was a beautiful woman with a kind and loving soul.  She valued and loved her family and all of her friends and her new neighbors.  She had an adventurous spirit, very much enjoyed her career and co-workers, always wanting to travel and always working toward a new goal, moving on through her life, even having a new house built at age 85. 


She loved to go out dancing with our dad in their younger years and loved and cherished our dad, Andy.  Our mother loved, cared, taught, gave advice, listened and supported.  She was a sweet and beautiful person inside and out.  She and our dad gave us a life that others may not have, a life with love.  Jean loved her children and family and knew that she would be loved by them forever.


A private graveside service for friends and family was held on June 16, 2021, in Milton Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Schaeffer officiating.


Pat, just read of the passing of your mother, wanted to express my condolences

Oh Linda,
I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your beautiful mom. If there is anything I can do for you please reach out. Mary Jo

I worked with Jean for a number of years before her retirement. She was a trustworthy friend and a girl Friday!. Once she came to work with two different color of shoes. Anything goes these days! She was ahead of the rest of us! Though, today I learned the truth about Emma Jean, Jean told me her first name was Norma. For all these years, I believed her. Norma Jean! Good one Jean! Thanks for being yourself. Ann Lynn Jordan


I am so very sorry to learn of Jean's passing. She was a wonderful woman, and I have fond memories of working with her at the CSIU. She taught me many things and was a wonderful mentor for a young kid just getting started.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Shirley Bastian

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