JoAnn Brown Emigh


(Sept. 3, 2007)

JoAnn (Brown) Emigh, 78, died Monday, Sept. 3 at West Park Hospital in Cody with her family at her side.

JoAnn lived for many years in Cody and was recently living with a daughter in Powell.

She was born May 1, 1929, to Joe and Leota Brown in Holdenville, Okla. The family followed the oil patch to Wyoming in 1937 during the Great Depression.

She graduated from Powell High School in 1949, then attended Oklahoma State University. While visiting family in Walden, Colo., she met the love of her life, Donald Eugene (Bud) Emigh. They married in 1947 and together had four children.

JoAnn will be remembered for her kind heart and artistic abilities, her beautiful singing voice and her amazing cooking.  She took great pride in her family and loved spending time with them, backpacking and camping.

She is survived by daughters JoDonna Emigh (John Norris), Maida Sue (Roger) Herd and MaryBeth (Gary) Pliley; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Dave (MaryJo) Brown; four nephews and one niece.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bud; an infant child; her parents; and brother, Jackie.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service for family and friends is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. and one of her favorite places, Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis. Ballard Funeral Home, Cody, assisted the family.