Emogene was born on November 20, 1923, to Elisha and Dora Lockmiller in Waggoner, Okla. In 1938, her family relocated to Idaho, then to California where they settled permanently in Stockton.
In the early 1950’s, Emogene relocated to Smith River where she met Henry “Ted” Westbrook. They were married on June 11, 1956. There, they raised their blended family of eight children and worked side by side in the operation of the family business known as Westbrook’s Market.
Emogene had a special place in her heart for ill and injured children and in 1958 she was one of the founding members of a community service organization that eventually came to be known as the Easter Seal Society of Del Norte County. It is now known as the Community Assistance League.
She served several terms as president and held other offices through the years. Emogene worked tirelessly for its fund raising efforts to help the community and never missed a meeting. She continued to serve as an active member until she became ill in 2005.
Emogene was preceded in death by her parents Elisha and Dora Lockmiller; husband Henry “Ted” Westbrook, daughters Gwynna Morris and Donna Engelke; step-daughters Jane Westbrook and Joan Carpenter; step-grandchildren Christopher Carpenter and Brad Roberts; brothers Eugene and Earnest Lockmiller; and her sister Jeanette Volbrecht.
She is survived by her daughters Relina Gaye Minion; Jean Maples and husband Ken; step-daughter Kaye Roberts and husband Jay; step-son Owen Westbrook and wife Kathy; grandchildren Scott Engelke, Tim and Sean Minion; Paul Morris, Angela Morris; great-grandson Paul Morris Jr. step-grandchildren Aris and Charlene Westbrook, Melanie Westbrook, Vickie O’Conner and husband Joe; and Heidi Carpenter; step-great-grandchildren Brayden and Hailey Westbrook; Rory, Rogan and McKale O’Conner; Caylynn and Jason Roberts; brothers Kenneth Lockmiller and wife Dee; J.D. Lockmiller and wife Faye; sister Gwynella Florence and husband Jack; sister-in-law Mary Alice Lockmiller; son-in-law David Morris and numerous nieces and nephews.
Emogene will be greatly missed by her family, friends and those who love her.
Emogene requested that memorial donations be made to the Community Assistance League, PO Box 959, Crescent City, CA 95531.
Funeral services will be held for Emogene on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Smith River, followed by a commmittal service at the Smith River District Cemetery. There will be a reception immediately afterward at the United Methodist Church meeting hall.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.
— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel