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    Earl ‘Nick’ Huston III

    Earl “Nick” Huston III of Glenwood Springs passed away on October 30, 2019 at UCHealth Hospital in Aurora, CO from complications following spine surgery. He was 79 years old. Nick was born July 2, 1940 in Evanston, Illinois to Earl “Tex” Huston, Jr. and Rachel Elizabeth Danley Huston. Nick was the oldest son followed close in age by brother, Dan. At an early age, Nick’s family moved to Riverside, California where he attended Magnolia Elementary, Central Junior High and Polytechnic High School. He played junior varsity basketball. When Nick was in 10th grade, the family moved to Orinda, California where Nick graduated from Acalanes High School in 1958. Following high…

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    Patricia H. Yale (nee Hyrup)

    May 14, 1934 ~ Dec 7, 2019 Patricia Yale (Hyrup) passed away in her sleep at her home in Buena Vista on 7 December 2019. Pat was born on a ranch on the Frying Pan River in Basalt, Colorado in 1934 to Chris and Hazel Hyrup (nee Mount) of Basalt (both deceased). She schooled in Basalt, then attended St Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Denver, CO, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1955. During her nursing training, she made three lifelong friends: Bonnie Groy, Eva Marsh (dec), and Lucy Gritz (dec). Flag24 Pat began her nursing career at the Monte Vista Hospital, CO before enlisting in the US Navy…

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    Libby Thurman

    Gwen “Libby” Elizabeth Thurman was born in Bozeman Montana to Margaret Nancy Babcock and Jack Franklin Thurman on 01/23/1962. She is survived by her daughter Ashley Anderson, her four brothers Andy, Coble, Pirk, and Shawn, as well as her daughter-in-law Jill Anderson and her grandchildren Jacklyn and Julia Anderson. She passed after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer and left us surrounded by her loved ones at Valley View Hospital on November 30th at 1:15 PM. At this time no memorial has been planned.

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    Scott Leslie

    Scott William Leslie passed away on Wednesday, November 20 in his home surrounded by family after a two year battle with cancer. He was 79 years old. He was a well-known water and wastewater treatment plant operator in western Colorado for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife Mary, sister Shari, three children Linda (Pat), Alan (Julie) and Gwen (Ross) Crandall, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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    Harry F. Sica Jr.

    September 13, 1954 – November 16, 2019 Harry F. Sica, Jr, aged 65 of Ocean Ridge, Florida and Aspen, Colorado passed away at home on Saturday, November 16th surrounded by his family after a short bout with cancer. Harry was a beloved member of the community.  He treasured his family and made us laugh. Harry was loving, generous and known for bringing family and friends together to enjoy life. He loved fine wine and dining, the mountains, skiing and music. Harry was a successful entrepreneur who oversaw several companies in the fields of manufacturing, human resources and insurance. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and most of all his…

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    Virginia ‘Jinny’ Moore

    Virginia (Jinny) M. Moore, 76, died on Monday, November 18, 2019 in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado. Jinny grew up in Denver in a large, boisterous family notorious for their caroling, camping, and Canadian ways. She graduated from Kent School for Girls in 1961, attended the University of Colorado briefly, then joined the Peace Corps in 1965 and lived in Bandipur, Nepal, with her second family. This experience infected her with a travel bug that she carried for the rest of her life. Jinny married Robin Perry in Starwood, Aspen, in 1969, had three daughters, and was an avid skier, backpacker, and Red Onion regular. But life is full of…

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    Mark ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson

    Mark “Wilko” Wilkinson, 55, of Sydney, Australia, and Aspen died peacefully of natural causes on Nov. 11 in Aspen. Mark brought passion and integrity to all that he did. A motor mechanic by trade, a bus driver by choice and a snowboard instructor and coordinator just because. He loved rugby and refereed with gusto, rode a motor bike on many great adventures, flew to concerts all over the world at a moment’s notice, knew the best seat and best route on every plane in the fleet, cooked a lamb roast and potatoes with the best of them and wore his Akubra with flair. He was an Aussie bloke to his…

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    Joshua Aaron Gitlitz

    Joshua Aaron Gitlitz, 34, of Aspen, CO, passed away on November 20, 2019. Born January 30, 1985 in Denver, CO, he moved to Aspen at a young age with his family. The eldest of three, he will be remembered lovingly by his mother Louise, father David, and his sisters Alexandra and Natasha. Truly a beautiful soul, he was loved by everyone. He attended Aspen Country Day School and was a graduate of St. Marks School in Massachusetts where he was the captain of the golf and squash teams. Josh went on to graduate from Tulane University and received his MBA from Columbia University. After college he started his career in…

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    Andrew Treat

    One of our biggest, strongest, and sweetest-hearted men left this earth peacefully in his home in Edwards, on October 6th, due to a heart condition. Drew was born in Vail, Colorado. Upon entering this world, his father and grandfather, amazed at the size of his newborn baby thighs, envisioned Drew as a downhill skier. Although a talented ski racer in his early years with Ski Club Vail, Andrew had other plans. His fascination with his Viking heritage, combined with his natural strength, fueled his tenacious passion to become the Strongest Man in the World. He tirelessly trained with his coach and good friend Steve Fotion, in Carbondale, and competed in…

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    James “JIMBOB” Patrick Graham

    Words are inadequate to describe the life and spirit of James P. Graham (affectionately known by many as “Jimbob”). Part wildcatter, part gentleman, part good ol’ boy, part statesman, part warrior, part rebel, indisputably a beloved Texas legend, he walked a fine line between everyday man and larger-than-life figure, unabashedly comfortable at a Harley-Davidson rally or a ritzy-glitzy Aspen affair at the Caribou Club. Born in Tyler, Texas on October 16, 1947, Jimmy passed away suddenly of a heart attack in his home in Dallas, Texas on November 13, 2019, while enjoying his daily nap in the warmth and comfort of his Elvis room. He peacefully went to sleep and…

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    Overheard on the way to town

    Each week, we pick out our favorite and not-so-favorite tweets (at least those that are printable) about Aspen and display them on Sunday’s page A2. “Just booked the trip out west for Aspen and Arapahoe. This snow is making it move for sure.” — @Killa_Cam_5 “can’t wait for a man to put me in log cabin somewhere in aspen” — @brianawonderlie “One of the original Snow BikeCross participants at #XGames Aspen, Canadian @BrockHoyer has one goal heading into 2020: “I want gold back,” says Hoyer. Here, Hoyer runs through life at home, while giving an inside look at his latest @Timbersled creation.” — @XGames “Gotta do a christmas in aspen…

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    Hans Widmer

    A true Swiss mountain man at heart, Hans Widmer summited many peaks including Pyramid Peak, the Maroon Bells, the Matterhorn, the Todi “his mountain” and skied many more. Hans taught four generations of skiers starting with soldiers in Switzerland during WW2 through his great grandchildren. His teaching style often focused on shouting “just turn” when asked by his grandchildren how to get down KT Gully. At 100 years old, he lived long enough to see backcountry skiing come back into fashion, though he did admit the gear greatly improved! Hans, a self-proclaimed bachelor until age 30, married Hedi Buchwalder August 2, 1949. Together, they shared their mutual joy of travel…

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    John R. Freeman, M.D.

    Born May 19, 1944, deceased November 7, 2019. Son of Ruth and Robert Freeman, John was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He was Valedictorian at Fairmont High School, Class of 1962. From there he went on to Dartmouth College, Harvard Medical School, and Orthopedic residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Roosevelt Hospital in NYC. John then served his country in Philippine Islands as a physician and Lieutenant in the United States Navy. In the fall of 1976, “Doc” Freeman joined Aspen Orthopedic Associates upon the completion of his military service, ultimately becoming the managing partner of the group. He retired from the practice of medicine in 2010. John found…

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    Sparticus

    Sparticus Spot Spoticus Schaaf Born to Justin Schaaf Dec 16th 2003 died Nov 11. 2019. Leaving behind his very loving and caring dad, and best friend, and thousands of human and dog friends in the valley and all around the country and world.

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    James Bond

    How do you describe the life and legend of James Bond? Skier, Skater and Lead Dog Passionate, Dedicated, and Enthusiastic Purposeful, Inclusive, and Dog whisperer. Lover of mountain and oceans, Multi talented, and Perfectionist. Opinionated, Political, and Vocal Humorous, Artistic, and Dreamer Professional, Detailed, and Collector Curious, Intentional, and Seeker of knowledge Wearer of Hawaiian shirts and Denim jackets James touched and impacted the lives of more people and creatures than he realized, including his beloved dogs, cats, hummingbirds, ravens, crows, squirrels, and fish. He was a skier, a sailor, and lover of all water; frozen or liquid. He was a landlord, developer, restaurant owner and paint contractor. A legendary…

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    Craig Snow

    Craig Kenney Snow was born at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia on September 25, 1961, to Col. Jerrold D. Snow and Mrs. Mary C. Snow. He passed away, suddenly, of a heart attack in his sleep in Alexandria, Virginia on September 29, 2019. He was 58 years old. In 1983, Craig’s love of skiing inspired him to head west to Colorado. Craig was a long-time resident of Snowmass. Craig enjoyed the outdoors and was especially fond of skiing and hiking in Colorado. In 2012, Craig moved back East, relocating to the Florida panhandle. He worked in the service industry for many years; waiting tables at Chadwicks in Old Towne Alexandria,…

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    Jack D’Orio

    Longtime Paonia organic farmer Jack D’Orio passed away on Oct. 8, 2019 in Las Vegas at age 77. He was born John “Jack” Charles D’Orio in Aurora, Illinois on August 28, 1942 to Bernice and John D’Orio. He is survived by his sisters, Cindy Serrano of Sacramento, CA, Jane Tappan of Cameron Park, CA and JoAnn Feil of Duncan, Oklahoma, their spouses, seven nieces and nephews, stepchildren Jeffrey, Jay and Jill, their children and Sheila Day, his loving partner of 4 years. Jack received a B.S. degree from UC Davis and a M.S. from the University of North Carolina. He was a 4-H counselor and a Farm Advisor for Inyo…

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    Thomas Lucks

    Thomas Edwin Lucks, 70, of Fruita died at home on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 of natural causes. Tom was born in Minneapolis, MN on Jan. 6, 1949, the eldest son of Ed and Evie Lucks. The ski-nut family moved to Colorado in 1964 chasing Colorado’s legendary powder. He was the valedictorian of his Northglenn High School (Denver) class and served his country in the Navy during the Vietnam War. After spending time in the mid-west, Tom and his wife and children returned to the Roaring Fork Valley in the mid-1980s, where he worked in property management and was active with Challenge Aspen. Tom was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, hiker, camper,…

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    Diane Marie Kindell

    Diane Marie Kindell, 64, of Carbondale, passed away October 28, 2019. Diane was born April 7, 1955, in Lennon, MI, to Dexter and Bernita Bowden. She married Terry (Rip) Kindell on October 15, 1978. Diane is survived by her husband Rip, daughter Brooke (Tyler) Schreiner, son Hank (Jacque) Kindell, three grandchildren: Whitney, Eli, and Shayne. Visitation will be held at Farnum Holt Funeral home, Glenwood Springs, November 3rd from 11:00-1:00, service to immediately follow at 1:00.

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    Jean Mary D’Alessio

    Jean Mary D’Alessio, 77, Aspen, CO, passed with family by her side. Jean, “Jeannie,” was born to the late Dominic and Bertha Trocine on April 10, 1942, in Philadelphia, PA. Jean graduated from St. Hubert Catholic High School in 1959. Jean married Robert D’Alessio on June 23, 1962. After spending 32 years in Philadelphia, PA and Columbia, MD, they relocated to Aspen. Jean is survived by two children: Cynthia D’Alessio, Littleton, CO and Lorie D’Alessio, Carbondale, CO. She is also survived by two grandchildren; Jillian Boyll (Jordan) and Stella Firmin. Jean and Robert met while working in Philadelphia. Jean was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Family was everything to…

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    Kelly Galvin

    Kelly Galvin, 25, of Basalt, Colorado passed away suddenly on October 21, 2019. Born in Aspen and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, Kelly loved his family, friends and computer technology. He was nearing completion of a college degree in information technology. Kelly follows his father, John Galvin, in death, dad having been a Mountain Rescue leader for 30 years. John died in an avalanche at Aspen Highlands in April of 2018. Kelly is survived by his mother, Melinda Cullen, his two brothers Sean Galvin and Nikolai Yudin, and his loyal Australian Shepherd, Bella. Additionally, he is survived by many loving relatives in both Chicago and Houston. A celebration of…

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    William Joseph Tofany

    William Joseph Tofany (aka Bill, Billy, Willy, and Uncle Bill) passed away suddenly of a heart attack on the morning of October 26th while on a hike with his dogs. Bill was born to Dr. Victor J. Tofany and Marian C. Tofany on November 29, 1952 in Rochester, NY. Bill attended St. Bonaventure University where he received a B.A. in political science. He moved to Aspen in 1976 to ski and never left. He started working in construction with Joe Zanin in 1982 and eventually created his own company, Bill Tofany Construction Company in 1996. He took great pride in the quality of his work. His legacy lives on in…

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    Jace Lou Michael December 29, 1964 – October 10, 2019

    On the strength of his shoulders, many were carried and on October 10th, the extended Aspen family lost their son Jace Lou Michael. Jace touched the lives of everyone he knew as a brother, an uncle, a godfather, a teacher, a husband, a student, a friend, and a guide — he was also a master in the art of deception and tragically in the darkest of moments took his own life. To his community of friends and family, Jace Michael was a name brand, known just like Sears and Roebuck or Ace Hardware. JACE traded by his iconic first name, it had an authenticity that was known to all and…

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    Reno Kelly Cerise

    Reno Kelley Cerise, 85, of Basalt, Colorado passed away peacefully on October 22, 2019. Reno was born in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on February 15, 1934 to parents Mela Cerise and Margaret Dunand Cerise. He lived his life on the family farm in Basalt, Colorado. Reno was loved by his wife, Marilyn of 56 years. His children Beth, David, Alan, and John; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Reno was a devout Traditional Roman Catholic. Reno is preceded in death by his parents, sister, and grandson. A viewing will be held on Thursday October 24, 2019 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs. A Rosary…

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    Reno Kelley Cerise

    Reno Kelley Cerise, 85, of Basalt, Colorado passed away peacefully on October 22, 2019. Reno is survived by his wife Marilyn of 56 years. His children Beth, David, Alan, and John. A viewing will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs. A full obituary will follow.

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    DiAnne Redfern

    With a heavy heart, the family of DiAnne Redfern has to announce that on the morning of Monday October 7, 2019, DiAnne succumbed to breast cancer that she courageously fought for over 4 ½ years. She died at home, surrounded by family and close loved ones. Despite developing stage 4 metastatic cancer over 3 years ago, having spread to her brain/skull, vertebrate, and pelvis, she fought the battle. “This will not take me out,” was one of her battle cries. Everyone who knew her, including doctors, surgeons, oncologists, and nurses, started believing her. Her life had changed to doctors visits, radiation treatments, surgeries and a cache of medicines; however, she…

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    David Eberhardt

    David Arthur Eberhardt, OD, passed away from cancer at the age of 73, at his home in Glenwood Springs, CO, surrounded by his family. David was born in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin to Jack and Sara Eberhardt. After high school, David went on to graduate from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1969. He went on to serve in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Okinawa and Fort Knox, Kentucky. During his stint in the US Army he served as the Chief of The Optometry Clinic and as Vision Safety Consultative to the Surgeeon General of the U.S. Army Medical Center in…

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    Henrietta L. Brinson

    Henrietta L. Brinson, 96, of El Jebel, passed away on October 14, 2019 in Rifle, Colorado. She is survived by her son Greg Hammond. A going away party will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Farnum Holt Funeral Home.

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    Jane Anderson Collins

    Jane Anderson Collins left us on October 5, 2019 after a 14 1/2-year battle with four different cancers. Jane was a fighter, tough, strong minded and endured a lot of pain. She tried to stay active to the end. Jane was born in Barron County, Wisconsin to Robert and Louise Anderson. She grew up on a 2000 acre dairy farm, where everyone worked hard, but also enjoyed boating, skiing and events with relatives and neighbors. Christmas was the most important holiday to the Andersons and that continued throughout Jane’s life. Jane attended Barron High School where she made friends that lasted a lifetime. She was active in 4-H, saddle club,…

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    Kristopher ‘Kris’ Shechter

    Kris passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at the age of 31. He was born in Aspen, Colorado to Stan Shechter and Barb Wilson. He graduated from Aspen High School where he fell in love with theatre. He continued to pursue theatre production and was a valued member of the local theatre community, working backstage on countless plays and performances. Kris also loved cars, films, skiing, fishing, and exploring the mountains. He was a 4-wheel drive enthusiast, participating in Jeep Jamboree as a trail guide in Moab and throughout the Rockies. Kris was a sweet guy with a huge heart and a goofy sense of humor. He is survived by…

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    Elizabeth G. (Hammerich) Stapleton

    Elizabeth passed away October 12, 2019, at Valley View Hospital with her daughters at her side. Elizabeth was born in Glenwood Springs, CO to George and Charlotte (Hart) Hammerich, on January 21, 1928. Elizabeth was raised on a cattle ranch on Four Mile Creek, outside of Glenwood. She attended schools at Four Mile Creek and Glenwood springs. She graduated from Glenwood High School in May 1946. She then attended Colorado State University to pursue a teaching degree. In the fall of 1947 she came to Aspen and was hired to teach school at the Owl Creek Schoolhouse. It was there that she met her future husband Sam P. Stapleton. They…

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    Lucille C. Hurst

    Lucille C. Hurst, 106 from Chino Valley peacefully passed in her home Sunday, Oct. 6, surrounded by her family. She was born in Denver, Colorado, on September 30, 1913, and lived a full and adventurous life. During World War II she volunteered to help load ammunition into shells as her way of helping with the war, it’s there she met Robert Hurst and married him in 1945 and shortly after they moved to Aspen, Colorado. Robert went to work remodeling the Historic Hotel Jerome and Lucille fell in love with snow skiing until she was 83 when she moved to Prescott to be closer to family. Throughout those years she…

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    John Van Ness

    The Van Ness family cordially invites you to celebrate the life of John Van Ness.  A memorial luncheon will be held at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale on November 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Join us in celebrating a life well-lived. Please RSVP to [email protected]

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    John Buxman

    John Buxman was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1930. Surviving as the 11th out of 12 children born to immigrant parents during the Dust Bowl, he went on to build the type of life that seemed unlikely given his meager beginnings. John moved his family from Denver to Minturn, CO, in 1966 when the opportunity to own his own grocery store merged with his family’s love of skiing. Over time John went on to open grocery stores in Vail, Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Edwards, Telluride, and Moab, Utah. The Village Markets have become synonymous with locals serving locals, and John always took great pride in becoming part of the communities his…

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    Piper Ellen Prebble

    Piper Ellen Prebble, age 55, died September 28 at 4:17 PM, at the Hospice Care Center at St Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY. She was born June 12, 1964, at Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky to William Reese Prebble and Barbara Clay Whalen Prebble, both of Cynthiana, KY. She is survived by her father and step-mother Dursun Jan Prebble of Cynthiana; her sister Carrie Todd Prebble of Denver, Colorado; her aunt Barbara Ann Pearce of Palm Springs, CA; and many cousins and many friends. She was a free spirit, traveling the world with a single suitcase. She lived in Australia off and on for 16 years. Piper was deported in…

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    John Darol Wooley

    John Darol Wooley, age 82, of Basalt, CO passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at his residence. Services are pending. Survivors include his brother, Larry Woolley of Meredith, CO and sister, Marilyn Lee of Basalt, CO.

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    John Darol Wooley

    John Darol Wooley, age 82, of Basalt, CO passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at his residence. Services are pending. Survivors include his brother, Larry Woolley of Meredith, CO and sister, Marilyn Lee of Basalt, CO.

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    Emily Joan Walsh

    On the evening of Friday, September 20th, as the sun cast its last light on Mount Sopris, our dear friend, sister, and daughter Emily Joan Walsh left our world. Emily was born on March 10, 1994, to Dan and Sandy Walsh in Vidalia, Georgia. She spent most of her young life in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where she grew into a beautiful, caring, young adult. As a child she spent her time with her beloved horse Bailey, her caring older brother DJ and her countless cousins and extended family. When Emily was 12 years old, she tragically lost her mother Sandy to cancer. Those who knew both Sandy and Emily agree she…