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Julia Lee Emberton

EDMONTON – Julia Lee Emberton, 87 passed away on February 27th at Hospice Home in Glasgow, Kentucky. She was born on March 13, 1936, in Paducah, Kentucky to the late Forrest and Lorene Crutchfield, but lived most of her life in Edmonton, Kentucky following her 1958 graduation from Western Kentucky University.

Her contribution to the community was largely spent serving children; she worked in the Metcalfe County Schools system as a teacher, guidance counselor, and director of the Family Resource Youth Service Center. Intermittently, she served as a psychologist for the community mental health center and an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University.

She was a sports enthusiast and particularly enjoyed professional football and following players in the International Tennis Federation. Her greatest interest, however, was politics. She was a guiding force in multiple campaigns, with her favorite being that of her husband’s 1971 bid for governor.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, The Honorable Tom Emberton; her very special aunt and uncle, Jap and Dorothy Marshall; three brothers, Joe Crutchfield, Jerry Crutchfield, and Jan Crutchfield; as well as one sister, Jeanne Wilson.

Julia is survived by two children, Laura Owens (Donnie) and Tom, Jr. (Stephanie) Emberton; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be private. Butler Funeral Home is honored and privileged to be entrusted to the care of Mrs. Emberton.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Tom and Julia Lee Emberton Scholarship Fund, c/o College Heights Foundation, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101.


  1. Laura and David Southard on February 28, 2024 at 5:25 pm

    We send our sincere condolences in the loss of Ms. Julia. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy of family and service to her community. Laura and David

  2. Evelina Shirley on February 29, 2024 at 10:05 am

    Our thoughts and prayers will be with you forever. And we will hold a special place in our hearts forever. Your family has been such a great help and inspiration to us. thank you for everything you have done for us.

    Love Evelina Shirley and Family

  3. Jon Crutchfield on March 4, 2024 at 2:24 pm

    I knew Julia very well. Please believe me when I say that Julia always showed warmness and kindness to
    everyone that she came in contact with. I know these things are true and factual. I know this because Julia
    was my sister. On times when she called me, she would always say, ‘This is your big sister.’
    May you Rest In Peace, Big Sister.
    Your brother,
    Jon Crutchfield

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