(1907 – 1984)
Emma Jo Lindsey was born in Auburn, Alabama, on August 29, 1907. After attending Huntington College in Montgomery for two years, she returned to Auburn, where she earned her B.S. degree in 1929. In 1948, Mrs. Lindsey joined Extension as an Assistant Home Demonstration Agent in DeKalb County. She was promoted to Home Demonstration Agent in Limestone County in 1952 and remained there until her retirement.
During her years in Limestone County, Mrs. Lindsey helped establish dozens of Extension homemaker clubs. In fact, there were more homemaker clubs in Limestone than in any other Alabama county.
One of Mrs. Lindsey’s talents was the ability to recognize leadership potential. As a result of her dedication and skill, many Homemakers from Limestone County went on to become state leaders.
Coworkers described Emma Jo as a loving, sharing, and caring person who had a genuine love and sincere interest in people and their well-being. She enjoyed life and wanted every day to count for something good and worthwhile. One of her strong desires was to have good health in order to live each day to the fullest.
Emma Jo is remembered fondly for her personal and professional abilities. Her fine attributes include this list: her admirable values, her high standards, her moral philosophy of life; her day-to-day conscientious efforts and dedication; her wholehearted love and concern for others; her unselfishness, thoughtfulness, and a good sense of humor.
This gift of getting out of people the best they have to offer gained Emma Jo Lindsey widespread respect and admiration. It is to honor her years of devotion that the name of Emma Jo Lindsey is inscribed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 34