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Emma Lois Smith

Emma Lois Smith returned to her Father in Heaven and her waiting family on April 10, 2018.  She was born to Philip Otto Smith and LaVern Allen Smith on September 28, 1941 in Richfield, Utah.  

Born with Cerebral Palsy, at age three the doctors told her family she would never walk and would never talk. Emma’s mother was not going to settle for that and was the push and cheerleader throughout her life.  With an unwavering determination and continual practice, wearing blocks of wood on her shoes, she learned to walk. A wonderful speech teacher, Mrs. Gee, gave her training and confidence to speak.  Writing was too difficult, so Emma began to use a typewriter and then a computer.  Her memory was astounding and her life became a hallmark and example for all. Nothing seemed too hard to her. She was forever an optimist. She loved a party, enjoyed a good joke, and liked shopping. Emma loved her cats, black licorice, chocolate, and coke.

Emma lived over sixty years on 1000 South, in Clearfield.  She attended Davis High School, Weber State University and Utah State University, where she earned a Masters Degree in Sociology.  She worked for the IRS and served as a District President in Toastmasters.  She earned numerous awards and honors along the way. She encouraged and gave strength to many friends in life and she was blessed to have kind people to serve and help her.

Emma was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her testimony of the Savior was bright, always trusting that a loving Heavenly Father would provide all that she needed.

Emma is preceded in death by her parents, Phill and LaVern Smith and her two brothers, Garland and Stan Smith.  She is survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Aaron’s Clearfield Mortuary, 1050 S. State, on Saturday, April 14, 2018; Viewing from 10 to 10:45 am and Funeral at 11 am, followed by Interment in the Clearfield Cemetery.


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I was a friend of Emma's when we were both students at Utah State University. She was truly an inspiration to all. She will be missed.
Margaret Ross-Bowman

Margaret Ross-Bowman Sep 21 2018 12:00 AM

I was honored to be at my friend Emmas viewing and to hear family and friends celebrate her life in word and beautiful music. I lived a block west of Emma on 1000 South all my life. LaVern and my mom were great friends. They both taught elementary school and through their friendship I got to know and spend time with Emma. She was 8 yrs older than I but that didnt seem to matter. I will never forget mom telling me how her mom got down on the floor several times a day and taught Emma how to move and to crawl until she mastered it. And then the same with walking with blocks attached to her little shoes which LaVern literally envisioned how this would assist her and had enough faith to devote her every day to this.
I remember one day mom and LaVern went somewhere for a few hrs. Emma and I were alone and all of a sudden Emma said , hey, ya wanna make a cake? Id never made a cake alone and I remember thinking , how am I gonna help us do this. Well, I was schooled that day, Ill tell ya She started telling me How and where to get all the stuff out we needed. She reached over and preheated the oven and she did what she could do and there was a lot of laughter, and then proceeded to tell me what to do, with more laughter and before I knew it the cake was mixed up and poured and put in the oven! Then we looked around and laughed some more at the mess we had made. Then she said.. ok youre on clean up. Sooo funny!!
The cake was really good by the way.
Years passed and mom would keep me updated on Emma and all her accomplishments. After Her parents died Emma wanted to live there still. And she did with help from others. She figured it all out though and did a ton on her own. My mom half adopted Emma with mom things and daily calls and my dad also helping her with handy man things and advice and support along the way. And Im positive many others were doing the same. The admiration and love they had for Emma was amazing.
Witnessing all of this throughout all my life has had such a positive impact on who I am today.
Emma was a good listener. She was sincerely interested in others who may have been helping her. She was interested in my life and struggles and knew how to be a friend. She lived and knew struggles, and loss; she was compassionate, empathetic she supported and helped me through a divorce, caring for my aged parents and then the loss of my parents,
As I tried to help her with her trials she lifted me and helped me with the courage I needed for mine. We told each other many times.... we can do hard things. Look at all our blessings, shed say.
I know she was an influence for good and did these things for many many others also. We were all so blessed to have her in our lives!
Im so happy for her right now; I know shes smiling, enjoying herself, walking, running and probably even doing the happy dance.
I look forward to the day when we can see each other again.
Shell probably smile, hug me and she might maybe say something to me like ....
All of that other stuff was a piece of cake!
I Love You, Emma

Sherry Pace McMullin Apr 16 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry that I didn't see this before. I would have been at the service. I knew Emma through Toastmasters. I was her secretary when she was the District 15 President. We spent many hours traveling together and shared a room many times as we traveled around Utah and Idaho attending speech competitions. She was always laughing, always telling jokes. I can't think of Emma without smiling. She was truly a wonderful person. My thoughts are with the family through this difficult time.

Brenda Kidman (nee Croley) Apr 15 2018 12:00 AM

When I think of my aunt Emma i always remember my 5th grade summer spent at grandma and grandpa's. Spent many days playing games with Aunt Emma. She was especially good at pick up sticks and could beat all us kids at it. She loved us dearly and us her.

Renee Smith-Braun Apr 12 2018 12:00 AM