She was born at home on May 26, 1921 in Currie, Nevada to Pete and Rafaela Ordoqui who had immigrated here from the Basque provinces in Spain.
Growing up on a ranch and living in Currie she attended grade school in a one room school house, graduating in 1933. She graduated from High School by taking correspondence courses.
In 1942 she moved to Ely, Nevada and went to work as a switch board operator for the Telephone Company where she worked for 11 years.
On April 2, 1948 she and Joaquin Gomez were married at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ely. Emma retired from the telephone company in 1953 to raise her children, Cathy and Bob.
In 1969 she and a partner bought the Eastside Grocery Store which they owned and operated for 17 years. She was a hard worker and helped many people in her life. Emma was involved with projects for the Sacred Heart Church and School, the Altar Society, the Lady of the Snows Guild, RSVP and helped with many festivals by the Ely Basque Club.
Her husband, Joaquin, passed away in 1996. She was young and independent, living on her own until she was 91. The last 2 years she has been living with her daughter and son-in-law in Brookside, Utah and in her home in Ely.
She enjoyed going to church, spending time with friends, taking rides in the mountains, shopping and seeing new things. Emma touched the lives of many people in her long life and she will be missed by all.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joaquin Gomez, parents, Pete and Rafaela Ordoqui, her brothers, Gilbert and Julian Ordoqui and her son, Bob Gomez.
She is survived by her daughter, Cathy McNatt (Rick), her granddaughter, Cassandra Palmer (Ross) and her great-grandchildren Briar and Charlotte Palmer.
A funeral mass will be held at the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with graveside services at the Ely City Cemetery. This will be followed by a luncheon at the Saint Lawrence Hall.