TALLAHASSEE, FL – Emoryette McDonald, 74, of Tallahassee, FL, died on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Cobb Funeral Chapel in Moultrie, GA with Rev. Julian Griner officiating. A private interment will follow in Westview Cemetery in Moultrie, GA.
Born July 9, 1948, in Moultrie, GA, she was the daughter of the late Robert Glenn “Bob” McDonald and Kathryne Herritage McDonald. She grew up in Moultrie, graduating from Moultrie High School in 1966. She continued her education at Wesleyan College, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1970. After graduation, Emoryette taught at Godley High School in Tallahassee where she was chosen as Teacher of the Year in 1974. She served as a writer for the Leon County School Board in 1974, was a proof editor for Beach Products, Inc. from 1973-1974, and was a consultant for WFSU-TV in 1974. She made a career change from teaching high school in 1974 and moved into public service with Florida State Government. Emoryette served as the chairman for the Tallahassee Wesleyan College Alumni Association in 1980. Her strong work ethic and leadership skills were highlighted with the presentation of the Leadership Plaque for 1980 from the Florida Personnel Association. She later returned to school at Florida State University to earn a Master of Science in Personnel Administration. She was employed as Assistant Director for Personnel and Faculty Relations for the Florida State University System until she retired in 2010. She was a devoted FSU fan, always attending football games and in later years gathering with friends to watch the games on television. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and FSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
Emoryette was an avid bird lover and always had a bond with a special bird that she kept as a pet. She enjoyed entertaining and traveling with friends. Her talents were many, including sewing (even made a wedding dress for her college roommate), designing and making greeting cards, creating jewelry, enameling, and studying photography. She also enjoyed attending the symphony and theatre. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her cousins; A. J. Powell Blankenship and husband Grady of Valdosta, GA, Debbie Powell Friedlander and husband Clint of Moultrie, GA, and Clay Davis of Red Lion, Pennsylvania.
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