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Jo Ann Muldrew, Woman History Maker

By Norma Muldrew, 03/25/22 4:02 PM

The city of Emmet, Arkansas is elated to recognize JoAnn Muldrew as a Woman History Maker.  JoAnn was born in 1954 to the late Sam & Elnora Muldrew of Emmet.

JoAnn attended Emmet Key Elementary and graduated from Emmet High School in 1971.  She attended college at Southern State University (SAU) in Magnolia, AR. for two years then transferred and graduated from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia in 1975.

After graduation, JoAnn taught a few years at Beryl Henry Elementary in Hope, AR then moved to Fort Worth, Texas where she taught several years then became the Asst. Director of Human Resources at Fort Worth ISD until she  retired in 2012.

She returned to Emmet after retiring but her talents in Management Skills and Human Resources were needed in Eldorado, AR with (FACT) Family and Children Together. JoAnn worked for 4 years staying in Eldorado through the week but came home to her family and church on the weekend. Through the church, (United Christian Church of Emmet) she implemented and OUTREACH Program.  This program started with projects to help beautify the city of Emmet.  Trees and flowers were planted for seniors and disabled families, lawns were cleaned and mowed.  Many services were provided through the beautification program and collaboration with St. Paul Baptist  Church.Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets were provided for Sick and Shut-in, the Elderly and Families in need.

JoAnn saw a need to feed the elderly, sick and shut-in in the city of Emmet. With the blessing of the Pastor, Wanda Bullock and the church family, the OUTREACH Program fed the community and surrounding areas a home cooked hot breakfast buffet each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Not only did recipients get a homecooked meal, they were able to plant a garden, learn crafts, play games, get information from professionals on purchasing and planning meals on a fixed income, Home health care, Finances, Medicare advice, Fire Safety, Insurance, and many other areas to help one become informed and successful.

With the help of her team, they wrote grants to create a Food Pantry in the city of Emmet.  The Breakfast Buffett and Pantry were a huge success until the pandemic hit is 2020. After much prayer, she and her team decided to discontinue the breakfast buffet due to COVID.  They reconstructed the way the did the food pantry and continued to provide the city of Emmet with the monthly food pantry.  Her committee pack the boxes and the participants drive through and boxes were loaded into their vehicles.  This food service is a blessing to the community and others.

JoAnn is involved in other civic and community activities.  She is active with EVA- Emmet Vision Association. This group works with the Mayor and City Council to make Emmet a Thriving and Productive city.

Thank you, JoAnn Muldrew for being a History Maker in the City of Emmet, Arkansas.