Emma James Bodden

January 09, 1931 - October 07, 2020

Emma Bodden

Emma James Bodden, 89, of Kingsland, formerly of Port Arthur, died Wednesday, October 7, 2020. She was born January 9, 1931, in Port Arthur, to Fay Cooper James and Roy “Big Boy” James.

Emma was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. On April 10, 1952, she married Boyd Bodden in a ceremony at St. John Lutheran Church. She and Boyd had five children.

At age forty, Emma graduated from Lamar University and took a job as a Special Education teacher at Orangefield Elementary. She later worked as an Education Diagnostician and retired as Director of Special Education. After retirement, she volunteered at the Mission’s Attic, the Bridge City Food Program, and participated in Kairos Prison Ministry. She was nominated as Port Arthur Citizen of The Year.

Emma was a long-time member of St. John Lutheran Church, which is now Providence Church, and loved serving her church in every capacity. She especially enjoyed her years of work with the St. John Day Care. She conducted weekly chapel and took pride that she was able to teach so many children about Jesus.

Emma also found great fulfillment by participating in Kairos Prison Ministry. She was a founding member of the ministry in this area and was dedicated to taking the Gospel into Stiles Prison. Some of her favorite things to do aside from volunteering was Bible study, reading, and traveling.

Survivors include her children, Belen Bodden, of Richardson; Aleta Goenne and husband, Fred, of Kingsland; Marla Williams and husband, Dennis, of Beaumont; David Bodden, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Andrea Giovinazzo, of Austin; sister, Patsy Williams and husband, Van; grandchildren, Corby Williams; Amy Dunman; Amanda Sims; Krystin Bodden; and Alex, Brianna, and Nathan Giovinazzo; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband of fifty-four years, Boyd Bodden; and brother, Elroy James.

A gathering of Mrs. Bodden’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with her funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2020, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Monday, October 12, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Monday, October 12, 2020
2:00 p.m.
Oak Bluff Memorial Park
618 Block Port Neches, TX 77651

Comments (5)

  • Nancy Hart Hoffman

    12 October 2020 at 18:49 | #

    Emma was the first person to greet me at St. John Lutheran Church. I was the new organist. She and her husband were always so sweet to me and my 10 year old daughter. Rest in Peace, dear Emma.


  • Beryl Miller

    12 October 2020 at 17:52 | #

    Emma has been missed in the area since her move, and she will be missed by many from church. Emma was such a giving, loving, dedicated Christian. She has done amazing things in her life. I loved Emma!


  • Ray and Angela Baker

    11 October 2020 at 23:49 | #

    Emma was a kind, compassionate, caring, fun-loving woman. We served on several Kairos teams with Emma. Those were wonderful times. Rest In Peace, sweet Emma.


  • Ingeborg Patton

    11 October 2020 at 00:27 | #

    My prayers and love to the Bodden family. She will be missed. She was a great friend to me.


  • Edith Ann (Bellanger) Stevens

    08 October 2020 at 23:13 | #

    My heartfelt sympathy to the family on Emma's passing.
    We, the Bellangers, grew up across the street from the Bodden family. I remember playing with Belen, Marla and
    Elita. Emma was always sweet to me, with an easing going personality! Those were the good ole' days on Elm street.


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