When her father died, it got about that the house was all that was left to her; and in a way, people were glad. There are impersonal forces of nature that prevent him or her from taking control. During the years of Emily's isolation, he provides no details of her life to the townspeople and promptly disappears directly following her death.
I'll speak to him about it. When we next saw Miss Emily, she had grown fat and her hair was turning gray. She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue. While he is in the story very little, his decision to remit Emily's taxes leads to her refusal to pay them ever again, contributing to her stubborn personality.
This leads the reader to assume that she was an important figure in the town. With her passing on, the town can finally be free of this remnant, being wholly set in the present. Because no man has ever been able to stay with her before, Emily poisons and kills Homer.
The townspeople make cruel comments and nasty looks behind Miss Emily's back, as she wasn't respected in her town. Still, it must be admitted that she has some beautiful notes in her voice.