Family and friends remember Joetta Brummett

, Posted in Local, Health, Posted: Tue, February 11 2014 at 6:50 PM, Updated: Tue, February 11 2014 at 7:14 PM

Grants Pass, Ore. -- Family and friends of 50-year-old Joetta Brummett all seem to be consistent when describing her saying she was full of life, love and happiness. A woman who would give up anything just to make another person happy.   

Her boyfriend Danny Perez says "there are no words to tell you how I feel it's in my eyes."

But out of every great tragedy comes something good. Her family reunited together to remember her. Joetta played many roles in life including mom, grandma, and girlfriend.

Perez said "it's hard right what the family is going through, we are working hard on getting through this."

This last weekend Joetta passed away from complications from the flu.

 Her son Michael Sharrard said "I am still in shock on how you can go into the hospital with the flu and have every part of your body shut down that quick."

Joetta was taken to OHSU at the end of January where she fought a long hard battle against the H1N1 virus.

Her son Derek Sharrard said "I wouldn't have wished that sickness on anybody, I applaud my mom for even just fighting as long as she did with that, and she fought her hardest."

In the end it wasn't a fight her body could win. But she fought long enough to make sure her final moments went exactly the way she would have wanted, surrounded by her family.

Her son Michael said "I think she knew that we were there in spirit that we were there, she was waiting for us." Her son Ben Sharrard said "it was like she had a sigh of relief, those last few moments she took a couple breaths and she was at peace and we knew she was at peace, she was home."

In describing Joetta her family all said the same.

Her son Derek says "it's amazing how many people she has touched just by being her."

All of them now are moving forward knowing part of her will always be with them.

Boyfriend Danny Perez said "it's gonna be okay, we're gonna be okay, that's how she would want us, okay." Her son Ben said "she's still gonna be momma, she's looking out for us."

All of us at NBC 5 extend our deepest sympathy to Joetta's family and friends.

If you'd like to help the family with medical expenses there is a campaign raising money for "Help Momma Jo" you can go to

Also, two donation accounts under Joetta Brummet at U.S. Bank and Northwest Community Credit Union.

We would like to dedicate this page to Joetta. Please leave your condolences for Joetta's family and friends as a comment below.

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