Emama Atkins was born Emama Kako on July 1, 1938 in Bagdhad, Iraq. Her parents Nissan and Sara had eight children; three boys and five girls. In her teens, Emama became a seamstress and had her own shop. Unable to get a visa for America she decided to stay with her father’s sister in England. There she met and married Peter. Eight years later she visited her sister Bato her in America and a year after that Emama, Peter and their two children David and Sarah moved to the U.S. and resided in Turlock.
Emama was happy to be in a town that had an Assyrian community and a Church of the East. Within a few years her brother Youshia and sister Elishwa moved to California with their families and now Emama had a lot of family nearby.
Emama was always very friendly. She was known for her walking around and friendly smile. Over the years she had worked for Tri Valley Growers and was also doing alterations. Hospitatality was one of her best qualities. She was well known for her cooking and having her friends and family over for a meal and conversation. She received so many requests for her food that she started her own catering business.
Family has always been important to Emama. She is survived by daughter Sarah (Mike) Mascorro and son David (Paisley) Atkins four grandchildren Alex and Andrew Mascorro, Charlotte and Ryan Atkins. She would enjoy having the whole family over most Sunday evenings for dinner. Making lasting memories was very important to her.
Emama was raised in a Christian home and active in the Chursh of the East. She is proud to be Assyrian and happy to be in an Assyrian community.
Emama’s background also included visiting sick friends and taking food to those she loved. Emama was also dedicated to walk to Peter’s convalescent home and help keep him company every day. He passed away in 1990.
In August 2009 Emama suffered a brain aneurysm and lost the use of both her legs, but remained a cheerful person. Emama worked for the Lord for many years.
Visitation is on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Mar Addai Church of the East on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Turlock Memorial Park.