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Featuring: Emilie Lemmons
Written by: Kristen S Kuhns [ksk]

"Emilie's Passing" 

Comments: 13 Published on: Jan 21, 2009 Views: 48,554

Category: Loss


Today’s featured story is a bit of a departure from the norm. When we first began this section a few months ago it was to showcase and highlight interesting people, unsung heroes, people who in everyday life are doing fascinating things.


What we hadn’t counted on in this process was how attached we’d become to people. We read their stories, laughed, cried, gasped along with them. We admired them. We befriended them. We followed their circuitous routes on the internet as these “stories” became real people with real lives.


One of our earlier featured persons was Emilie Lemmons. Some of you may remember her story- a young mother of two little ones who, when pregnant with her second son in 2007 discovered she had cancer. Interestingly, we “met” Emilie through Matt Logelin, another featured person on the site, who had lost his wife unexpectedly just after she gave birth to her “mini-me” blonde daughter, Maddy. Jodie Andrefski wrote both of these stories, and Jodie was the right person to write with compassion on both Emilie and Matt because of Jodie’s own fights with cancer and other health issues.

Read Emilie’s featured story “Starts & Stops & Everything in Between” here:


Read Matt’s featured story “27 Hours” here:


On Christmas Eve, we were shocked to learn of Emilie’s passing. She slipped away from all of us in the night, and her husband posted to her blog LemmonDrops her last words she left us all with:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Emilie’s Passing

Emile passed away in her sleep last night. I was holding her hand as she faded away. I loved her and will miss hear dearly, but I am happy to see her free of the pain and suffering. The services will be at the Basilica of St Mary on Monday, December 29th. Visitation is at 11:00 AM and mass will follow at Noon. Emile wanted me to share the following quote after she died.

"And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?

I did.

And what did you want?

To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth."

— Raymond Carver

Post by Stephen Lemmons


How can she just be gone? we wondered. We cried until there were no more tears left. She was supposed to beat this thing! She was supposed to win, to overcome. She was one of the good guys. We had never met Emilie in person, but it didn’t matter. We KNEW Emilie. Emilie was us.


When life slaps you across the face like this, the only thing we can do to truly honor Emilie’s memory is to remember that she touched a lot of lives, and that she loved. I can’t put it more simply than that: love. Life is precious and short. When we lose one of our own, too young, and especially to the evil that is cancer, we find ourselves taking a little slower step, an extra hug to our children, an extra affectionate squeeze to our significant others, a smile to the people who toil daily to make our lives more pleasant.  

Now we are struggling with the knowledge that Jodie continues to struggle with her health. You may recall her story here about “It’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccck” which is her usual delightful self telling us that the #$!@* cancer may have returned.


Please help me in sending some warm thoughts to Jodie as she goes through this very difficult time. I believe it was very hard for her to learn of Emilie and I dreaded telling her. Now the words can’t come enough to tell another person that we’re there for them, that we love them in our own ways, even if the words are clumsy or unbalanced.


If you ask yourself did you get what you wanted from this earth? To feel beloved – can you say yes?


Our thoughts are with the Lemmons Family, and Matt & Maddy, and of course our own dear Jodie.




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Aug 2007
Brian Childers said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009

You need to come back to us. We miss you.

Member Since
Aug 2007
Brian Childers said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009
Emilie, Jodie, & Matt

This trifecta of sad news is overwhelming in that I feel helpless in what I can do. Jodie, I hope the tests all come back negative. Or at least they find something and can fix it. You're a great writer, you did a terrific job on both Matt and Emilie's stories, and I wish you a speedy recovery so we can get back to work :)

Member Since
Aug 2008
Adara Bernstein said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009

I'm holding you in my thoughts at this - we need you back, so get well soon ok? We do miss your voice.

Member Since
Aug 2008
Jason Bradford said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009

Thoughts and hopes can ease much burden.
Loves and doves can go beyond wording.
But to prevail in victory is the thought of life.
Cherish every moment and relieve the strife.
Author unknown

Jodie, please research graviola, it is a pathway to cure.

Member Since
May 2008
Jenoa Briar-Bonpane said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009

I so appreciate your voice, your writing, and the little tidbits of you that are shared on this website.  Though I don't know you, it is clear that you are so loved.  You are in my thoughts and I wishing you joy, health, and healing.

Member Since
Sep 2008
Tamar Burris said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009

I've been there Jodie, I have. And I am rooting for you! Your stories have touched my soul and I have to believe there is something bigger out there for all of us.

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.
        -  Voltaire

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Apr 2008
Chuck Stallong said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009
Emilie, Jodie

Two awesome women - Emilie and Jodie. One terrible disease. I just want to grab that disease (cancer) and throttle it by the neck, or at least absorb some of your pain. Jodie, I hope you get better, and soon. To the Lemmons, my heart goes out to you for your loss of your sweet Emilie.

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Aug 2007
Gina Pertonelli said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009

I'm so sorry to hear about Emilie. I didn't know. And Jodie, I'm so sorry to hear it's back and crap. I so want you to get well to the old Jodie we know and love... miss you... xoxo

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Jan 2009
Sam Henderson said:
posted on Jan 22, 2009
Just read all the stories from earlier

They are very good. Jodie you captured them well and I am sure Matt and Emilie both appreciated being featured and written up by you. I hope that you get better soon. Your children are waiting :) You're in our thoughts.

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Aug 2007
Antje Wilsch said:
posted on Jan 23, 2009

When I first started reading your stories, I thought I was sitting in a room with you listening to you talk. That's how clear your voice came through these stories. It's obvious that you cared about the people you wrote about (Emilie, Matt, etc). I too was shocked to hear about Emilie. I want to send you my thoughts and prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery, or heck, any recovery so long as it's a recovery and you come back to us.

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Aug 2007
Ana Bishka said:
posted on Jan 23, 2009

To both you Jodie, to get well, and to the Lemmons family for their loss.

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Aug 2007
Archibald Sharron said:
posted on Jan 27, 2009
I too

I too miss the delightful pros of Miss Jodie's writing. And very sorry to hear about Miss Emilie as well. My thoughts are with you all.

With regards,
Archibald Sharron

Member Since
Dec 2007
Jodie Andrefski said:
posted on May 03, 2009
thank you...

to each of you that took the time to send such kind thoughts my way. I'm sorry it took me this long to respond to you.

I too send out heartfelt thoughts to the Lemmons family...when I heard the news...I cried.  But I know Emilie is watching down from Heaven smiling at her family.  I believe that with everything in me.