Emma passed away on December 8, 2020 on the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, in Seattle, Washington surrounded by her family, following a brief illness. Emma was born in Irann, Texas on November 8, 1934 to Harold Dewey and Sallie (Dykes) Dewey. She was the youngest child. She was preceded in death by two brothers: James N. Dewey of Cheyenne, Oklahoma and Clovis Miller of Strong City, Oklahoma and son in law Robert Weiberg. She is survived by her sister Sylvia Bandy of Santo, TX and many nieces and nephews. Emma lived in Cheyenne, Oklahoma until moving to Raymond, Washington and living with her cousin Katherine (J. W.) Jones and family (Ron Jones and Judy Gundersen) where she attended Raymond High School, graduating in 1953. While living in Raymond she met Donald Nussbaum. They were married in Cheyenne, Oklahoma on August 22, 1953 just months after her high school graduation. The newlyweds lived in San Angelo, Texas while Donald was stationed there in the U.S. Air Force. Their oldest child was born there. After discharge and moving back to Raymond six sons were born. Surviving at the family home is her husband, Donald Nussbaum. Emma leaves a large family consisting of children: Kathryn, Douglas (Georgia), Dewey (Connie), Michael (Sandy J. Benning), David (Peggy) all of Raymond and Robert (Kelly) of Long Beach, California and Brian (Amy) Nussbaum of Shelton, Washington. Grandchildren are: Mary Beth Sussmann, Jennifer Nussbaum (Chris), Robyn (Steve) Taylor, Melissa (Rachel) Nussbaum, Bradley Nussbaum, Amanda (David) Cope, Zachary (Mandy) Nussbaum, Taylor Nussbaum, Colton Nussbaum, Nathan (Hollie) Nussbaum, James Nussbaum and Conlan Nussbaum. Step grandchildren are: Kathy, Katrina, Nathan and Luke. Great grandchildren are: Julia Giles, Keaton Freet, Kelland Freet, Emma Glazier, Harper Glazier, Stevie Taylor, Meredith Cope and Wyatt Nussbaum. Emma was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church and was very proud to have been a Eucharist minister in years past and active in the Altar Society. She would often be one of the ladies in the kitchen for a funeral or helping serve food at the annual bazaar. She enjoyed attending Vespers and Weekly mass. She had a deep faith and encouraged all she met to pray and love the Lord Jesus. She was a shining example. She also was a member of the local TOPS group where she had many friends and will be deeply missed. In her younger days she enjoyed swimming and made sure each child knew how to swim. Pre-covid she enjoyed going to the Senior exercise classes at the Willapa Harbor Hospital where she could also socialize with the other folks. She enjoyed going to the Sunday Afternoon Live productions and the Hood River Follies. She tried to attend as many musical and sporting events the grandchildren and great grandchildren were involved in. And in keeping with the Nussbaum family tradition she always made Christmas Eve a very special time for her family. Emma loved being a wife, loving mother and good friend to all. While the kids were young their friends knew when you walked into Emma's kitchen to check the oven and the stove as there was always something good cooking. Don grew raspberries and for many years Emma was the chief berry picker. She made jams, jelly and special pancake syrup. She enjoyed the hunting and fishing stories the sons and grandsons would tell around the kitchen table. A service will be held at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo around the columbarium on Wednesday, December 16 beginning at noon. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in her memory. Masks and social distancing will be observed.
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