Obituary: Emma Joanne Touchette

Emma Joanne Touchette

Emma Joanne Touchette

Jo was born March 25, 1928, in Foss, Okla., to Daniel Alfred Duff and Nina Mae Loughmiller Duff. She passed Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. When she was two months old her parents moved to California, spending the night at the Kingman train depot.

Jo met the love of her life on a blind date in 1946 arranged by his brother and sister-in-law. It was love at first sight. Clifford proposed on the first date, Jo accepted his proposal a week later on the third date. They were married six months later after building their first home.

In 1956, Jo, Cliff, and their first three children moved to Kingman so Cliff could accept a job at the Arizona Proving Ground in Yucca. Their youngest child would be born in Kingman four years later.

Jo was one of the first pink ladies at KRMC. In 1975 she fulfilled a lifetime wish of becoming a nurse by graduating as a LPN at Mohave Community College in Kingman. She worked briefly as an LPN, but gave it up when Cliff retired so they could travel.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years Cliff Touchette; her children, Patricia (Jon) Hutchinson of Clarkdale, Ariz., Nancy Robison of Johnstown, Pa., Mike (Lynn) Touchette of Tecumseh, Okla., and Barbara Touchette of Kingman; seven grandchildren; 15 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Jo enjoyed reading, traveling, embroidery and her four-legged kids.

Services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at First Southern Baptist Church, 3120 Hualapai Mountain Road.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Operation Christmas Child, Western Arizona Humane Society, or to Ovarian Cancer cure.