Emily J. Palew, 91, of Freehold passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. She was born and raised in Nanticoke, PA. Emily had lived in Hillside, NJ, raised her family in Cranford, NJ and retired to Morehead City in North Carolina before returning to Freehold in 2015. She was a quality assurance inspector at Bristol Myers Squibb and had worked with the Catholic Community Services for the elderly and visually impaired. Along with her friend, Emily owned and operated the Cranford Ceramic Shop. It's where she taught the art of ceramics and through her artistic eyes created dazzling works. Later on in life, Emily graduated from Union County College in her 50's receiving an associate degree in Gerontology. She relished being out on the water alongside her husband, Arthur, sailing and boating and would look forward to her family camping trips from Nova Scotia to Florida. Always giving and doing for others, Emily enjoyed knitting hats and scarves for the homeless. She was a former member of the United Methodist Church in Cranford and a former member of St Peter's United Methodist in Morehead City. Emily lived with faith, purpose, and an abundance of joy that impacted those around her. Yet being a grandma was her greatest love.
Emily was predeceased by her husband, Arthur R. Palew; a sister, Mildred Caryer and her husband, Gerald; her nephew, Jerry Caryer. She is survived by her three sons, Wayne Palew and his wife, Donna of Winfield Park, David Palew and his wife, Cheryl of Freehold and John Palew of Freehold; four grandchildren, Zachary, Alexis, Jacob and James; a sister, Thamar Stephens; and nephew, Jeff Caryer.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, 100 Elton-Adelphia Road (route 524), Freehold Township on Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon with her memorial service to follow at 12:00 Noon. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family in Old Tennent Cemetery, Tennent, NJ. For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to Tunnels To Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306. For information, directions, or to leave condolence messages to the family, please visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com