Local woman remembered for big heart, love of animals


It was the small things her younger sister would do that showed how thoughtful she was.

Like the keychain she had recently purchased and given to her for no reason at all.

“She’d spent too much money on it because I saw the tag she forgot to remove,” Erin Bradshaw said. “She was always bringing me a little gift.”

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Bradshaw, 22, was referring to Emma Jamison, who died Sept. 6. Few details about the 19-year-old’s death have been released by police, but they did arrest 44-year-old Brian Michael Cogdill on Monday, charging him with murder.

Jamison had purchased the keychain with Bradshaw’s name on it and given it to her.

That was the last time Bradshaw saw her sister, and it came when Jamison visited Bradshaw and their mother, Shelley M. Jamison, to pick up her puppy.

Cogdill and Emma had been in a relationship for about two years, Bradshaw said.

Emma had taken a job at Hardee’s, where she met Cogdill, who was a regular customer. The two later moved in together.

Authorities have not released information about the circumstances of the case, but the probable cause affidavit is expected to be released soon.

Emma will always be remembered for her big heart and love for animals, makeup and reading, Bradshaw said.

“She loved animals above anything,” she said. “She had the biggest heart I’ve ever seen.”

She didn’t just care for dogs and cats, but all animals. Bradshaw remembers one winter when Emma rescued baby squirrels that had fallen from a tree.

“She took a box and filled it with cloth and watched them for two weeks,” she said.

Emma and her mother moved from Lebanon to Seymour in the fall of 2014, and Bradshaw joined them a year later to be closer to the girls’ aunt.

Emma also cooked Thanksgiving for Bradshaw, Shelley and others one year.

“She cooked a whole Thanksgiving dinner, brought us food and even made homemade Rice Krispie Treats,” she said.

Then there was the side of Emma that showed how she was like her late father, Kenneth Leroy Jamison Jr., Bradshaw said.

“Our dad was always doing something with cars or other small jobs, and she’d always tag along,” she said. “She was a spitting image of dad.”

The family took trips all around Indiana going to car shows, and there would be Emma, just as interested in the event as her father.

When she was younger, Bradshaw remembers Emma as a sweet, innocent girl who enjoyed the same things as most kids.

“She was happy and loved to play outside,” she said.

One funny story was the time the family couldn’t find Emma and finally found her in the back of the family truck with a pair of scissors giving herself a haircut.

“One of her school pictures shows her with swollen eyes and red nose from allergies and like 10 different levels of hair,” she said.

She also helped at the family yard sales.

“She’d be like, ‘This is only 10 cents,’ and people would give her their wallet,” Bradshaw said. “She was so cute.”

Emma’s funeral is scheduled for today in Lebanon.

Bradshaw said she is leaning on friends and family to help her through everything.

“My friends are doing a great job at distracting me and keeping me occupied,” Bradshaw said. “But when I’m alone, it’s not good.”

Still, she wants her sister to be remembered for her best qualities.

“I want her to be remembered for the heart she had,” she said. “The heart she had for animals, going to church. She loved Jesus.”

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