Emma Gene grew up in the wonderful setting of small town America in Paragonah. She attended grade school in Paragonah then attended High School in Parowan, Utah.
Emma Gene was a beautiful young woman and caught the eye of a young Parowan Sailor who had recently returned from service in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Emma Gene and Don C. Rollins were married on September 13, 1947 in Paragonah.
They began their life together in Parowan. They had four children together: Karin, Shirley, Julian & Keith. They and their children spent many days up on Sidney Valley, at Panguitch & Panguitch Lake and up “The Second Left Hand Canyon.” In the fall one of their favorite outings together was pine nut hunting and gathering wood for the winter, out in the Lund to The Indian Peaks area. One of their most favorite places to go was “Up To The Yankee” to fish, picnic and sometimes to camp.
Don passed away August 25, 1979.
They have 10 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.
Emma Gene and Lee Arlen Topham were married on June 2, 1980. They worked at the Coleman Company in Cedar City for a number of years, then decided to make a change and began a multiple year commitment to working in National Parks in Utah, Arizona and California. They worked at Zion Canyon, Grand Canyon and Death Valley.
After a number of years of being gypsies, they decided to put some roots down and bought a small place at Kings Row Senior Living Park in Washington, Utah.
Emma Gene worked at various jobs in the Washington/St. George area and they finally settled at Wal-Mart each holding positions there until their health situations determined that they retire.
While Lee stayed at their home in Washington, Emma Gene moved to Nephi to live at Red Cliffs Assisted Living Center. She lived there for three months until she succumbed to COPD and other age related problems.
Emma Gene was an excellent cook and was quite at home working in a restaurant and made many friends where ever she worked.
She is survived by her husband Lee Arlen Topham and her and Don’s children: Karin (Robbie) Robb, Shirley (Jim) French, Julian (Darla) and Keith (Susan); brothers Leland and Max Partner and sister Arlene Adams.
She is preceded in death by husband Don C. Rollins, parents Cyril and Della Partner and great grandchildren, Alex and Aaron Rollins.
A celebration in honor of her life is tentatively set to be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Paragonah. Obituary will be posted on the website of Southern Utah Mortuary when available and online condolences can made at www.sumortuary.com.