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  Emma Rebekah Elizabeth Dawn (Taylor) Morningstar, age 35,  passed away August 31, 2022, in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born on April 24, 1987, in Fontana, California, to George and Bertha (Bonner) Taylor. Emma married the love of her life John Robert “JR” Morningstar the 2nd on December 19, 2011, in Wynne, Arkansas. They brought into this world one daughter Ashlynn Olivia Morningstar.

  Emma loved shopping, being with her friends and family. Her first love as a mom was to her cat “fur” babies Stormy, Juju, Xerxes, Kiki and her dog Mac. But nothing compared to the love she had when Ashlynn was born. Emma found her purpose in life when she was working at a hospital in the Emergency Room, a premature baby was brought in, she saved that baby’s life and that ‘Set her heart on fire” to become a nurse to help and save people’s lives. There was never a dull moment when Emma was around, she lit up the room when she entered. Emma touched so many lives while she was on this earth and even upon leaving this earth, she is still touching so many lives. Emma was an organ donor and upon her leaving us, she right away saved two people’s lives with them receiving her kidneys and so many more lives will be touch and saved by Emma’s love to help and save people. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

  Emma leaves behind her husband J.R.: daughter, Ashlynn: her parents, George and Bertha: one sister, Bertha Shepherd: one brother, Thomas Taylor: Mother-n-law, Cheryl Williams: Siblings-n-law, Douglas Williams, Dawn Wilson, Michael Morningstar, and Elisheba Kirk, along with numerous friends, family and her 50 cats.

  Emma is preceded in death by her grandpa, Thomas Taylor, her grandma, Emma Taylor, and her father-n-law John Morningstar.

Funeral services for Emma Morningstar, age 35, of Thayer, Missouri, will be held on Monday, September 5, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri. Visitation will Monday, September 5, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Joe and Susan Barbee
    September 4, 2022 @ 1:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Bonnie Morningstar
    September 4, 2022 @ 5:49 pm

    She was a wonderful young lady, we will miss her

  3. Marilyn Brewer
    September 4, 2022 @ 9:59 pm

    Such a beautiful young lady. I remember her being chosen as the first recipient of the ASU Chancellor’s Cabinet scholarship. She was so kind and appreciative of that special recognition.

    I will always remember her. Praying for all❤️

  4. Donna Whiteside Fink
    September 5, 2022 @ 12:16 am

    Emma was so loving & kind. She was a care taker for my parents, they loved her as we all did. Her heart was enormous, a tiny bird was orphaned so Emma became it’s care taker, feeding it around the clock & on days she was working at my folks she brought the bird & continued it’s care! She shared her sweet daughter Ashlyn, with my folks & that was always a happy event for them! Emma gave us a close up glimpse of an angel, she was a sweet soul and she will always be in our hearts!

  5. Martie eskew
    September 5, 2022 @ 10:53 am

    JR I am so sorry for your loss. I think I met your wife years ago when we worked together. She was very nice lady. Prayers goes out to you and your daughter.