1927 - September 24, 2009
Emma Blair McMillen was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Carbon County, Wyo., on the old "Frenchy" Blair ranch, east of Baggs, Wyo., to Eva and Arthur Blair.
Emma lived on the Blair ranch with her grandmother, Emma Blair, and grandfather, John "Frenchy" Blair, for the first five years of her life.
Her father, Arthur, died in 1929.
In 1931, her mother remarried to Milo Nicholson and Emma moved with them to Browns Hill, north of Savery, Wyo., where she spent her childhood. To attend school, Emma rode horseback a total of 10 miles each school day to Savery and back for 12 years.
Emma graduated at 17 from Savery High.
Emma had a great love of horses, as they were her constant companion during her school years. Loving all animals, she never turned one down that needed help.
Emma Blair and John McMillen were united in marriage June 21, 1947 in Grand Junction. They were married for 62 years and were best friends and constant companions for 65 years.
Emma loved the great outdoors and spent many years fishing and arrowhead hunting. She also enjoyed visiting Native American archeological sites throughout the American southwest. She enjoyed fishing at her ranch.
Emma considered the outdoors to be the cathedral of God and her spiritual being was connected to the majesty he created.
Emma is survived by her husband, John McMillen, of Craig; brother Ed Nicholson, of Savery, Wyo.; sisters Edna Linebrink, of Las Cruses, N.M., and Doris Hicks, of Grand Junction; and nephews Willard McMillen, of Douglas, Wyo., and Jerry McMillen, of Pinedale, Wyo.
Emma will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives that loved her dearly.