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301 E High Street
Potosi, MO 63664
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JoAnn Emily-Breier

JoAnn Emily-Breier

Monday, December 1st, 1952 - Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
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Jo Ann Emily-Breier of Potosi, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 having reached the age of sixty-six. Jo Ann was born on December 1, 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter to Anna (Bray) Emily and the late Joseph Emily. On February 28, 1984, Jo Ann was united in marriage to Terry Breier and they shared thirty-five years together.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Breier; son, Jesse Cooley and Jamie Reynolds; granddaughter, Hayley Cooley; great granddaughter, Amaya Robinson; mother, Anna Emily; brother, Ronald (Eyvonne) Emily; two sisters: Kimmerly Hensley and Lori Long; Melinda Marler; nieces and nephews: Melissa Ward, Tracey Emily, RJ Emily, Anna Guevara, Brittany Hensley, Jerad Marler, Emily Middleton; also surviving are great nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Jo Ann is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Emily.

Jo Ann was a beloved woman with many titles including daughter, wife, mother, sister, Aunt Jo Jo, caregiver and friend. She had such a generous and caring soul, combined with a selfless heart. She loved nothing more than spending time with her family, and especially loved family gatherings and cooking. Jo Ann had a deep faith and a love for God and shared this spirit with all those around her.

Jo Ann worked at the St. Francois County Board for the Developmentally Disabled for years. She cared for all those around her with such a passion and did so in a completely selfless manner.

Jo Ann enjoyed painting, drawing, crafting and making floral arrangements. She had a love for antiques and victorian decor. Jo Ann will be missed deeply by many, but we all know that our Heavenly angel will be watching over us, until we meet again.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 12 PM to 3 PM at the DeClue Funeral Home.

A Funeral Service will follow on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 3 PM held in the DeClue Chapel. Interment will be held in the Sunset Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were respectfully entrusted to the care and direction of the DeClue Funeral Home.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    DeClue Funeral Home
    301 E High Street
    Potosi, MO 63664
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 3:00pm
    DeClue Memorial Chapel
    301 E High Street
    Potosi, MO 63664
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  • Interment

    Sunset Hill Cemetery
    Potosi, MO 63664


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Lynell Paoni

Posted at 12:19pm
I worked with Joann at St. Francious group home she was a true professional at her job but found time to listen to problems I had she never complained, but always had a beautiful smile on her face she loved her job her family and life I moved to Illinios and we lost track of each other but I never forgot her it's so hard to know she's gone I loved her like a sister and always will she's free from her pain, and I'm sure she is the most beautiful Angel in heaven God Bless you my beautiful,sweet friend until we meet again in Heaven I'll carry your memory in my heart 💓 Nellie

The Komlos and LaGrand Families

Posted at 10:49am
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Steve Price

Posted at 12:37am
My earliest memory of JoAnn dates back 17 years when we worked evening shift together at the St. Francois County Group Home. I've never enjoyed a job more, before or since. Her hardworking nature (twice the output of people half her age) and gentle spirit made a lasting impression on my then-young mind. Once every week or two she would bring us individual Ben & Jerry ice-cream cups as a treat, always out of her own pocket. Giving--ALWAYS giving--never expecting anything in return. 17 years later, we were still working together at the same facility, and still, her output was machine-like, limited only slightly by a body that could no longer keep pace with her determination. In all those years, I never once heard her malign another person, even when I believe she had every right to; in fact, I sometimes tried to malign wrongdoers FOR her, but she seemed only to respond with forgiveness and others-centered concern. I can't begin to count the times I heard her speak affectionately of her mother, granddaughter, and sisters, or with a mother's pride for her son's accomplishments. She seemed incapable of remembering the bad in any situation, instead focusing on reconciliation, encouragement, a brighter tomorrow. JoAnn conducted herself unwaveringly as both a lady, and as a Christian, in a culture where neither are very popular, and at times when doing so meant standing quietly apart from the crowd. Not even on her deathbed did this great dignity as a lady seem to me at all compromised, nor her deep and abiding faith in question. Despite obvious suffering, she remained poised and prepared, to the very end. That's strength--and not of this world! Few, so few, have I loved or respected so much. In my travels, I've only ever consistently purchased gifts for two people: a snowman for my Mom's collection, an angel for JoAnn's. No more. Now, my dear friend, my tireless coworker, my faithful mentor in the Lord, you've surely given up collecting, for why collect what you yourself have become--and always were? I love you, JoAnn, and wait with great anticipation to see you again!


My latest son is sinking fast,
My race is nearly run;
My strongest trials now are past,
My triumph is begun!

O, come, angel band!
Come, and around me stand!
O bear me away on your snowy wings
To my immortal home!

O bear me away on your snowy wings,
To my immortal home!
My strongest trials now are past, my

Debbie AuBuchon

Posted at 10:23pm
JoAnn and I had a lot of talks over the years about Angels. She loved Angels. We shared some heartbreaking stories and some very funny stories. We shared tears sometimes also. I loved JoAnn and she will be missed immensely.

There are many things in life we cannot see or hear or touch, but we know they exist because the heart tells us so. For the heart possesses a wisdom far beyond that of the intellect, and a vision far grander than that of the mind.
When someone we love passes from mortality, it eases the pain to realize we have not lost a friend, but we have gained an Angel.
Love you always JoAnn. Debbie

Janet Cargill

Posted at 10:10pm
She was my best and dearest friend. She was a brides maid at my wedding. I have loved her for 15 yrs. I'm so honored and blessed to have had a chance to tell her that i loved her. Thank you to the family for letting me in to do that. My heart is broke but i will always have her love and friendship in my heart. Goodbye my dearest friend. I love you

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