- 10 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 14, 2002
- Place of birth:
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
- Date of passing: Dec 27, 2012
- Place of passing:
Litchfield, Minnesota, United States
|Let the memory of Emerson be with us forever|
Fayetteville- Emerson Jean “Emmi” Barbaro,10, of 151 Ellerslie Dr., Fayetteville, NC died Thursday December 27, 2012, while sledding with her best friend and brother, Julian, and her two cousins, at their grandparents home in Dassel, MN. She is survived by her mother and father, Heather and Richard Barbaro; her 5 brothers: Ryan of Dexter, Michigan (his wife, Devon and children Andrew, Dane, Mae, Nora); Justin of Fayetteville (his fiancée, Callie); Brandon of Chapel Hill; Colin of Chapel Hill (his fiancée, Lauren); and Julian of Fayetteville. She is also survived by her grandparents, Barb and Craig Kay of Dassel, MN; Great grandparents, Orval and Alice Lea of Rushford, MN; Aunt Pamela and Uncle Eric Sandstede of Dassel, MN; Aunt Carrie and Uncle Joel Harmala, and cousins Greta, Ryan, and Darby of Pequot Lakes, MN; Aunt Leah Kay of Duluth, MN (her friend Michael Clark); Aunt Jeanette Bratti of Wantaugh, NY; Aunt Kathy and Uncle Charles Prentice of Inverness, FL.
Emmi only lived 10 short years, yet she touched the lives of many. She loved Jesus and she loved life! She woke up every day with a smile on her face and joy in her heart. She was a great soccer player for the Fayetteville Force; ran several 5K races; completed 2 triathlons; and loved to swim, tumble, and flip. She dreamed of competing in the Olympics one day; loved to sing; believed in Santa Claus; and savored the good in all people. She conquered her small world with luminous laughter and boundless energy. She was never ready for bed, but always the first one up to start a new day. There were few things that Emmi wasn’t truly good at. She welcomed any challenge with relentless determination. She was never afraid of defeat and win or lose, the result was always the same… a beaming smile from ear to ear. Her small frame carried a big personality and an even bigger heart.
Unfortunately, a tragic accident ended her life here on this earth. She now sings and plays for Our Lord in Heaven. We miss her so very much!
A celebration of life will be held at Manna Church (5117 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314) on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 6p.m. preceded by visitation from, 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the same location. Visitation will also be held on Thursday night, January 3, 2013, at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home from 6p.m. until 8 p.m.
Emmi had been trying to raise money for the American Heart Association. She would attend Julian's basketball games with her own handmade sign in the lobby in hopes of raising money. She was going to Jump Rope for Heart at her school Fayetteville Academy.
In the near future, we will be organizing an athletic event to honor Emmi.
We miss her terribly, but we know that we will see her again one day.
"Thinking about you today, sweet girl, Mom, Dad, Julian, and all your family. We miss you! We think about you all the time and know that heaven is amazing and you make it even brighter! You made our lives brighter too. Thank you for touching our hearts, you will always have a special place there. The Smiths"
"Thinking of you today Emmi! I saw the Angels all over these Christmas and you are the sweetest of all."
"Emmi, you will always be a blessing to everyone you touched. Happy Heavenly Birthday."
"Happy Birthday sweet Emmi. We all miss and love you.
Love, The Billingsleys"
"I've been thinking about you a lot lately, Em, we weren't ever close after academy soccer but you forever held a spot in my heart, you were such a bright soul, we all miss you Emmi, hoping you're breaking ankles up there."
"Emmi, you are truly an angel and your presence is still very much a part of our lives. We miss your sweet smile and bubbly personality but we know you are charming the heavens with your beauty. We love you!!"
"Dear Sweet Emmi,
Oh how we miss you. The world is just not the same without your smile, your laugh, your hugs, and your bright light. Thank you for teaching us how to be better people through love and kindness. Thank you for being Joel's friend. He misses your more than he will ever admit out loud. Thank you for sending the snow to us in Omaha this morning - it is all Joel wanted. Please give your brothers, Mom, and Dad extra strength today. They have the most indescribable pain and only your love can ease it. Help us all continue your legacy of making the world a better place. We love you sweet girl. We'll eat some Creme Brûlée in your honor today.
"Thinking of you, today, Emmi and your mom, dad, Julian, and all your family. I still see your smile and your beautiful eyes and hear your duck calls on the bleachers at basketball games. I still see your cartwheels and feel your arms around me giving me the best hugs! I heard the song "Christmas in Heaven" by Sarah Schieber and it made me wonder what an amazing Christmas you must have had. I miss you sweet girl and you will always live in my heart!"
"Emmi, you would be very proud of your big brother, he is turning into a special young man and leader. Your parents are pretty cool too :-) Dance with Jesus for us all. We miss you. Happy Birthday"
"Happy Birthday Emmi from Joyce, Bobby, & Bryan Evans"
"Happy Birthday, Emmi! What a beautiful day it must be in heaven. I know it's an amazing party you're having, but I hope you know I'm thinking of you and missing you today and every day!
Lots and lots of hugs and kisses."
"Happy Birthday, sweet Emmi! We know that God is using you for His Glory. You truly touched and enriched our lives!
With love, John, Edwina, Justin, and Jalen Bellamy."
"Emmi i wish i got to know you better. Emma Brock and I are like best friends now and she tells me so many joyful stories about you. I loved having you on my soccer team and you were a beast at soccer. One day when we are old and i go up to heaven me you and emma will have to play soccer and hangout! I miss you so much"
"I am so grateful I got to meet Emmi. She really left in impact on my life. I miss her so dearly much, but at the same time I have comfort that she is doing well. I cant wait till the day I get to be on your soccer team! We will dominate! We will win that championship game together! Even though i didnt get to go to the academy with you that last year, that never stopped us from hanging out! I'd call you every weekend asking can Emmi hangout today? oh goodness. I miss hanging out with you so much. love you so much and Im proud to call you my true BEST FRIEND"
"I never had the privilege to meet your precious girl Emmi. I can tell you I've only heard the most amazing things about her through a mutual friend Sarah Pollard. Just looking at her pictures makes me smile. Such a gorgeous young lady. May God bless your beautiful family!!"
"Rich, Heather, and Julian-I do not know you well, but was blessed to meet Emmi just a few times at FA during last years BB season. Her energy in the concessions stand was contagious and so charming. Since her tragic accident I have learned so much more about Emmi and your wonderful family. She touched so many lives! Joe Dowd has done a lot of work for us in the past years and he shared with me several stories of Emmi and Julian...he loves your children! I just wanted to express my sympathy again to you all...you have endured one of the hardest years that a family can experience. I am sure that you had times you didn't want to get out of bed and face the day without her....but you did. Your smiles, your energy, your zeal for keeping Emmi's memory alive is an inspiration to everyone around you and I will continue to pray for each of you."
"Thinking of you on this day. I can't believe it's been a year.i miss you soooo much.i hate not seeing you everyday at soccer.im praying for the barbaro family and I know emmi is in good hands.god will take care of her and i know she's having fun in heaven.-Maiya parrous"
"Well done, sweet girl!!"
"Thinking about, praying for the Barbaro family and remembering Emmi today. Coach McCarthy and I along with our boys and girls soccer teams remember Emmi with a prayer before every game and we will continue to do so. Emmi will never be forgotten! God Bless"
"Heather, Rich, and Julian,
I wanted you to know that I am keeping all of you in my heart today.
Emmi brought so may gifts into this world. She touched everyone who knew her. I cannot believe she has been gone for a year. I think of your family and Emmi so often, and although this day reminds me of her passing last year, it has also given me an opportunity to revisit some wonderful memories I have of her. I remember seeing Emmi at the Reindeer run last year and telling her how much I loved her costume. She flashed me a big, toothy grin and we giggled together. She always made me smile.
--Sending you thoughts of peace and courage to all of you and lifting each of you up in prayer."
“She does not leave, she is not gone,
she looks upon us still.
She walks among the valleys now,
she strides upon the hill.
Her smile is in the summer sky,
her grace is in the breeze.
Her mem'ries whisper in the grass
her calm is in the trees.
Her light is in the winter snow,
her tears are in the rain.
Her merriment runs in the brook,
her laughter in the lane.
Her gentleness is in the flowers
her sigh in autumn leaves.
She does not leave, she is not gone,
'Tis only we that grieve.”"
"Hi Rich and Heather. We're going to "Run for Emmi" too. With love and support from Chapel Hill. Mitch, Heather, Tyler, Sophia and Logan"
"Yesterday was the annual Ryan's Reindeer Run. Emmi's favorite event. It is by far, the best family celebrated event held at Christmas time each year, honoring Ryan Kishbaugh. There were many runners wearing pink Emmi shirts, memorializing her and letting the Barbaro family know that Emmi has not been forgotten. It truly was heart warming to see and feel the support shown by so many fellow athletes . Can't thank you all enough"
"We think about her often. Never forgotten. Remains in our prayers."
"Happy birthday Emmi. I wish more than anything that I could give you a birthday hug and see that beautiful smile. Miss you each and every day.XXXXXXXXXXX"
"Rich and Heather,
Great job yesterday at the academy. It was a lovely tribute to Emmi and your words were very touching. It was heart breaking to see her classmates so upset but it also shows how much they love and miss Emmi. People never forget kindness and Emmi was a walking bundle of kindness a gift she got from you two. Thanks for all you guys do !"
"Emmi would sit in the gymnasium lobby during each game trying to raise money for the American Heart Association. She was the kindest and most caring person that I have met. I will miss seeing her beautiful face each day and that amazing smile that lit up every person. Love you, Emmi. My thoughts and prayers are with you forever."
"I didn't know Emmi very well, but she ALWAYS had a smile on her face, and every time I saw her, I remember thinking about how pretty she was, and how she would be even more beautiful when she gets older. My family and I send our thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time, but I know that Emmi will always be with you every step of the way. Rest in peace & paradise, sweet girl!"
"To the family of Emmi:
Our hearts go out to you in you loss. Truly God has a new Angel to look over you,
Martha & Ned"
"We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers each day.
Joe and Violet Dowd"
"For the Barbaro Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beatiful girl. I know she was an amazing person. She is missed and will always be! your family is in my prayers. She is a beautiful little angel now. She's in a better place now. Thank you Emmi for all the lives you touched."
"I was on emmies soccer team she was an amazing player.she made me laugh and smile every time I saw her!our team will never be the same!emmie and mrs.heather mr.rich and Julian you will be in my prayers every night!im really sorry for your loss!every time I'm on the soccer field I will think of emmie and play my hardest!she touched many people just like me!-maiya"
"You are so wonderful... Your daddy is such an amazing person, he is so blessed to have a daughter like you. Your mother is such a strong and incredible rock to your family. Keep blessing everyone with your amazing beauty. You have touched more souls than could ever be imagined. Stay sweet and tell Santa and Jesus we all say howdy !!"
"Angel~Baby, I am a teacher & was drawn to the news today b/c of the jump rope for heart story. I am so touched by your story & my prayers are with your family. I always contribute to this cause in memory of my daddy but I vow from this day foward to make jump rope for heart your angel~versary too. Now go run, tumble & play & if you see a silly lil dauchsund hes mine, pet him for me :)"
"We did not know you or your little Emmi, but we know her Aunt Leah and Grandma Barb and Grandpa Craig. We know Emmi was a wonderful little girls because her grandparents and Aunt are some of greatest people we know. We can only imagine your pain, but pray and think of your family daily. Our daughter said it best, Emmi lives on through Leah cause they look and seem to act so much alike."
"Your family is continually in our daily prayers. We pray that your faith will continue to be a source of strength during this sorrowful journey.
Jennifer, Dennis & Sherry Lamberth"
"To the Barbaro family,
I am so terribly sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Dr. Barbaro has assisted me in Forensic Dentistry & I know him to be the most pleasant & friendly person in his profession. It hurts my heart to know his must be broken at the loss of his daughter. May your faith in the Lord bring you all comfort."
"Thank you, Emmi. You have changed many people's lives and will forever impact the world. Our son is starting a project like yours for the American Heart Association in honor of you.
"In memory of our little angel"
"Dear Heather and Rich,
Chris and I will keep you in our prayers and thoughts, asking God to be with you and bring you peace.
Thinking of you now and in the days to come.
"Heartfelt condolences from our family to yours. My heart can only imagine your pain right now. God Bless you and give you the strength you need to live on without your precious girl until the day you see her again in Heaven. Linda (Martin) Anderson and family (Griz Martin's widow)."
"Colin and Lauren, you are in my prayers for strenght through this tragic time, as is your entire family. There are no words that can comfort you so I send my thoughts and love. You both have made an impression on me as it sounds like your sister did to many lives daily...see you back at school soon."
"Rebecca and I are so sorry for your loss. May Emmi's bright warm sunrays shine on us all."
""Dear Richard, Heather and family,
May God continue to comfort you and the family during this most difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers." “ With our deepest condolences to you and your family."
"Hi Rich and Heather,
Emmi was and is a wonderful young lady and touched many lives. Please know she continues touching lives today and will forever do so. We love you.
Heather and Mitch Herndon"
"You all are thought of and prayed for every day.
Vanessa and Clay Wade"
"Dear Rich, Heather, Julian, and family, The Army's Army will continue to pray for all of you! We are deeply sorry for your loss!"
"Words can not describe the loss of a child. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Barbaro family!"
"Dear Heather, Rich and family,
May God continue to comfort you and carry you through this most difficult time.
Our lives have been blessed and enriched for having known Emmi.
You are in our thoughts and prayers."
"Dear Heather, Rich and family,
May God continue to comfort you and carry you through this difficult time. Our lives have been blessed and enriched for having known Emmi.
Rhonda and Damian Peterson"
"I have been a patient of yours since 1988 and I realized when I met you what a compassionate person you were from the way you treated me and my and my girls and now I still come to your office. My heart goes out to you and your family with the loss of your only daughter. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and pray that god will strengthen all of you"
"Heather I am your cousin and am deeply sorry for your loss. I hope that some day you can look up in the sky and see a star shining brightly down at you, and know that it is your sweet daughter looking down on you and smiling like she did every morning. Many prayers for you and your family."
"Ive grown up playing soccer with Emmi, and going to school with her. She was a amazing soccer player, and beautiful sweet girl! My family and my cousin Holden and his family love Emmi so much and her family, and she will always be in our hearts. We love you so much emmi! - Lauren Matthews and family"
"Our deepest condolances to your family.
The Ivan & Shannon Duerk Family"
"Emmi was a truly wonderful child. Her sweetness and kindness infected everyone she met. Her spirit will live on in those who knew and loved her. I consider myself lucky to have known her. You're in our thoughts Barbaro family."
"" The Lord is near to those who are broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of Emmi. May God bless Dr. Barbaro, Heather and the Barbaro Family.
Sincerely, Janet and Nick Grubich
Lisa and Matt Compton"
"I was in tears the day I found out about beautiful Emmi, I was her school counselor at Fayetteville Academy for 3 years and the Barbaro children are wonderful blessings from God. I will cherish her smile, laughter, and good times at the FA. I pray for the family to continue her remarkable legacy and I wish I was there and didn't have to move to assist in supporting Emmi's school, family."
"Our family sends our deepest sympathy and prayers."
"She was a really good soccer player. She didn't care whether we won or not. She might have been younger than me but she was way more mature. She always smiled. I'm gonna miss her."
"Emmi was a beautiful, loving, caring and spirited little and now is a beautiful, loving, caring and spirited angel and I miss her very much. My memories of Emmi started the day she was born. I remember standing in the kitchen when Rich called to let us know that him and Heather had a beautiful little girl. We were thrilled. Although we live in NY and they lived in NC we were always in touch wheth"
"No words could convey what we feel for Emmi's family. I do not think that there are words that exist...We offer our deepest sympathies.
Tara, Jerry, John, Carlee, and Seth Perkins"
"Julianne & Michalene always enjoyed playing with Emmi during the boys' soccer games. She was always so bright and cheerful and full of life.....a beautiful child. Heather, my heart is completely broken for you. There are no words. We are praying that you may feel His comfort and peace during this most unbelievable time."
"Always and forever an angel, Emmi had the purest heart. She was a blessing to all of us."
"Condolences from Texas."
"We have been patients for many years and are deeply sorry for your loss. Emmi welcomed Mallory with open arms to the FSC team and always had a warm smile and a kind hello for us. We like to believe Emmi is an angel now,that travels in the sky watching over her parents and siblings. We pray for healing for the family. We will miss you Emmi from the Shelton family"
"We have been patients for many years. I enjoyed so much hearing about Emmi, Julian, and the rest of the boys when I came to the office. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with your wonderful family. May the Lord comfort you during this tragic time.
Donna and Mel Kanode"
"Dear Dr. Barbaro and Heather,
We did not have the pleasure of knowing Emmi, but we have been patients of yours for many, many years. You and your family are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. The Windley's Cynthia, Thomas, Chris, Nikki, Ashley, Danielle, Meagan, Nicholas, and Alexis"
"Dear Dr. Barbaro & Heather;
Keith and I want to express our sincere condolences for your loss. There is another star in the heavens tonight. Just know that we are thinking of you during this time. Much Love, Keith & Linda"
"Our hearts are so heavy with sadness. Sending our deepest sympathy. As long time patients of the clinic we know how beautiful, loving, caring and giving the entire Barbaro family is. Our prayers are with you. Jerry & Jo Kolstee and Jerry Fitzhugh"
"Love begins before a child is born and that love will live forever in your hearts. Your family is in the prayers, thoughts, and hearts of those who care."
"Dr. Barbaro, Heather and family. I am so sorry for your pain, the heartache and the loss of your beautiful Emmi. My heart breaks for you and my prayer is that God will provide the strength and comfort you need. So many of us in the community have been blessed by the kindness of you both. Know that we love you and will keep you in our hearts and prayers."
"I remember a few years ago Emmi waving her hands, sticking out her tongue smiling and laughing through the car window at me as Heather pulled into her parking space at work. This is when I first realized Emmi had such a fun, outgoing personality. She always seemed to want to make someone smile.Heaven must have needed an upbeat, cheerful angel. Thank you Emmi for your influence in this life"
"Please except our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.."
"Angel, Angel, time to come home, the earth is no longer your place to roam, come claim your wings and soar through the air! Your destination is now your fate, God has chosen you and your date, Angel, Angel, now - you can watch over us all, help guide us towards our call. Angel, Angel-now one with the Lord. So beautiful a place you must have gone! Angel, Angel sing loud your song!"
"Dr. Barbaro and family I'm so sorry to hear the tragic news of Emmi I've never had the pleasure of meeting her, I have been a patient of Dr. Barbaro for sometime. My heart breaks for you all as a mother I can't imagine the heartache you all must be feeling. Just know that GOD needed an angel and although you all may be separated now you will be reunited again."
"I'm a patient and never had the chance to meet Emmi, but as the mom of a 6 year old daughter, I am heartbroken over your loss and wish you strength and peace."
"You all are a wonderful family who I know brought so much joy to Emmi's life. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers."
"We are heartbroken over the loss of your beloved Emmi~ We are with you & your families in spirit & prayer. With love, The DeCorts & Whitmans"
""Emmi was a great friend. I will always hold close the memories of the fun times we shared at school, texting, and especially working together on Jump Rope for the Heart. I know Llewie is there in heaven to take care of you. I will forever miss you Emmi." Prayers to Julian,Dr. and Mrs. Barbaro, and your entire family."
"Dave and I are loss for words but our hearts share with your family and Special Prayers are being said for your family and Emmi friends. In thought we remain, Linda, Dave, and Danyelle Ridley"
"My heart is heavy and crying with you Heather, Rich, Julian and your entire family over the loss of beautiful Emmi. My prayers and love are with you always. Chris"
"Emerson I never had the honor of meeting you but I new your mother and father for many years. There warm, caring and loving spirit shines a bright light on things they touch. Emerson you have inherit that awesome gift and wonderful spirit. Your light shines even brighter in heaven. One day I will have the honor of meeting you. Until then keep shinning your light down on us. God Bless..."
"Rich, Heather and family. Our family sends you our deepest sympathy. There are no amount of words that can express the sorrow we feel for all of you. Ryan, Justin, Brandon and Colin my prayers are with you always. You all have grown to be amazing adults and I know you will provide your Dad and Heather unimaginable support. We love you all and are praying for you."
"I'm so sorry to have heard the news of Emmi's passing. My heart aches for the entire Barbaro family. We are sending love and prayers your way."
"To Heather and Family,
I am so deeply saddened for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. Heather you were so kind to me when Brian passed and I'll never forget it. This is so unimaginable. I took comfort in reading these tributes and I hope you will as well. I was never able to meet Emmi but I feel like I know her from your love for her. God bless you all."
"On behalf of John & Ricky Britt, we offer our sincere condolences to all of Emmi's friends and family at this time."
"Our hearts are broken for you, and our prayers are with you always.
With our deepest sympathy,
David and Phillis"
"Emmi is a beautiful angel sitting at the feet of God! Watching over her mom and dad and brothers forever! My love and prayers to all the family."
"I had the privilege of meeting Emmi in concessions at the last BB game at FA before Christmas. Her smile and outgoing personality were infectious. She worked diligently taking orders and making change, she impressed all of the adults that were there. I will never forget her sweet smile. May God be with her family and friends, she made the world a better place for everyone that met her."
"Our family is deeply sadden and our hearts go out to the whole Barbaro family. We are so sorry for the loss of such a shining star, Emmi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
John & Peggy Graham, Wendy, Theresa, Hilda & Lucas"
"What a beautiful little girl with a beautiful family! They have been through my line many times at Harris Teeter - Emmi was always smiling & so polite. I will miss seeing her. You could tell she was so happy with life. Barbaro Family - you are all in my prayers at this difficult time."
"Emmi I feel very sorry for your death. I believe that god will be taking good care of you, and you will be putting a smile on his face like you did to all of us. :-)"
"Emmi, will be sadly missed, Before a ball is kicked in any soccer game at Fayetteville Academy in the future we will always take time to remember this special young lady. She was so very talented in so many many ways. Our thoughts and prayers will continue...."
"Emmi's beautiful smile will certainly be missed. Be very proud as she touched so many lives through her sweet, loving spirit and selfless acts as she always sought ways to help others. Young people and adults alike could learn a lot from her character. Thoughts are with your family and prayers that you may find strength during this difficult time. (Gehrig-2nd grade @ FA)"
"My last memory of Emerson was at Ryan's Reindeer run. She was so sweet and happy and a winner! Knowing the kind of young man Ryan was, I know that he has welcomed Emerson into heaven with open arms. Barbaro family..... take comfort in knowing that he is watching over her like a big brother. May GOD bless you all now and forever."
"We haven't had the pleasure of meeting Emmi, but knowing her parents we know she was an amazing little girl. Our hearts are deeply sadden and go out to the whole Barbaro family. We are so sorry for the loss of your precious Emmi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
With love and thoughts of you all,
The Duenzl Family"
"Emmi was such a nice person. Whenever I saw her she was always smiling and making everyone happy. She was the best soccer player on our team. She had such great talents for soccer. I will miss our best player. Also I always remember how she never gave up and never complained about what coach or anyone told her to do. She was such an amazing girl and she will always be in my heart! Love ya!"
"I will never forget watching Emmi at the Kids Tri, I was amazed at her swimming ability in the pool, and her blond hair flowing behind her on the bike and run was beautiful to watch. My 5 year old niece and I saw her cross the finish line, and she said "Wow, she's so pretty!" and of course, everyone agreed! Prayers continue, EJB forever!"
"Emmi brought a light to everyone she came in contact with. Heather, Rich, and Julian, I will keep you in my prayers."
"There will be an empty space in our hearts for Emmi. She brought out the sunshine with her smile and joy to those around her. You will always be in our prayers. With love. Chris and Sherry."
"Dear Rich, Heather and boys,
Linda and I never met your sweet little girl and sister but we know Jesus will care for her and love her in the same way your family obviously did. We know that our Lord will help to comfort you through this painful time and pray Emmi's memory will continue to bring you some comfort. John and Linda"
"You are in our thoughts and prayers."
"My memories of Emmi will always be of her beautiful spirit. She was beautiful inside and out. She never passed me by without a smile and "hello". One day while in deep conversation with her dad, Emmi realized she had not spoken as they passed. She stopped and called back to me "hello" with her lovely smile. Her beauty will forever live on in the hearts of all. Emmi, you are loved!"
"To the entire Barbaro family, Michael and I send our deepest condolences and want you to know your entire family is in our hearts and prayers. May you find comfort in all the joy Emmi brought into your lives in her 10 short years with you. May you also feel God's presence and love for each one of you as you lean on Him in your struggles in the days ahead. Love Mary and Michael Stapleton"
"Emmi was a beautiful young lady in every way. Happy, healthy, kind, smart, wise for her years, and always looking out for others. This world is a better place for having had Emmi in it. She will always be in my prayers. Our family sends our love and deepest sympathy to your family."
"I only met Emmi once, when we visited our grandson Joel's class at Fayetteville Academy recently. She and Joel were good friends and made each other laugh. She was truly a sweet child and loved the idea that my husband was a "visiting lecturer" for the class, talking about geology. Our deepest condolences to her family."
"I did not know your daughter, but my gr.niece(Sydney Buckley) knew her when she was attending Fay Academy..I can tell from her smile that she was a happy child & I know she is with God, but our hearts still ache from losing there present here on earth.. May you feel the presents of God to get you thru these very difficult days. Take one day at a time & look to God for strength..."
"I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had been able to meet Emmi. My prayers are with you all as you go thru this difficult time."
"Emmi was an awesome friend. Whenever I saw her, a smile came on my face. In Pre-K I was feeling lonely; Emmi came up to me and gave me a hand. Once I brought a little bell, (Christmas ornament) to school, when Emmi saw it she really liked it. She asked if she could have one. I said, yes. But I just couldn’t fulfill my promise. I will miss you a lot Emmi. :-)"
"Rich, Heather, Julian and the Barbaro Family,
Our thoughts and prayers to and for all of you during this time of loss. Emmi, will be missed but her smile will remain with all of us for many years. Our deepest sympathy and love.
Tim, Sue and Jon Strong"
"I have never met you, the Barbaro family and friends. I just wanted to say your memorial to your precious Emerson is beautiful. I pray God will strengthen you during this time. I hope you can also take comfort in Revelation 21:4: "[God] will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more…the former things have passed away." May God's love bring you comfort."
"Our family is heartbroken. We can't imagine your pain. God bless all of you & help you through this tremendous sorrow. Sincerely with love, The Evans Family Joyce, Bobby, sons Bryan, Bobby & daughter, Robyn."
"Dr. BarBaro (Rich)….My staff and I at the Spring Lake Police Department send our deepest and sincerest condolences to you and your family at the time of the tragic loss of your precious daughter. I as well never met Emmi, but I’m certain her heart was as kind and caring as her father. May the Lord comfort you and your family during these difficult times!"
"We loved the times Emmi visited our home. She was shy at first but soon warmed up and loved to play with our kitty cat. Her passing is a tragedy of epic proportions. She was such a sweet girl we know she had no problems passing muster for entrance into heaven - we pray that God will give her family the strength to carry on."
"Emmi was like a sunbeam! Always bright and smiling! She was so sweet. I got to see her every Tuesday and Thursday as she was waiting for her brother Julian's soccer practice to finish, since her soccer practice was already finished. She was always doing cartwheels and flips and asking me to watch. She was very talented on many levels! We love her and the Barbaro family!!"
"I only saw Emmi a few times, but what a beautiful little girl she was. I can't imagine the loss of someone so Precious in this life, but the good news is We will see her again. She is now in the Loving Arms of Jesus and He will keep her loved and cared for until the day you will hold her again. My prayers are with you ."
"Emmi was a great girl. I loved it when I got to spend time with her over the last summers in Mrs. D and my mom's camps. I remember sitting on the bus with her in my lap and her telling me of all the great times she planned to have after camp with all of her friends. I really enjoyed all the times I got to spend with her. She was a sweet kid. RIP Emmi! You were loved by many. <3"
"I remember when I used to come over and swim with Emmi and Julian. We used to have a wonderful time. I will always remember those times we shared (Cam Billups). I will miss her beautiful smile and laughter at the basketball games. You will always be in our hearts. Jerry, Tracy and Cam."
"Emmi was one of those that stood out in a crowd. Her smile was contageous. She sat in front of me at our last basketball game making duck calls as we discussed the show Duck Dynasty. We won that game and I told her it was all because of her. Our baskeball games, our school, our lives will never be the same. I will miss you sweet girl. Thank you for blessing my life. All my love, Ms. April"
"I loved seeing Emmi at school and out of town with her parents at the Basketball games. She always had that beautiful smile and those pretty "smiling" eyes! Our sincerest and hearfealt condolences and prayers to Richard, Heather, Julian and the rest of the family. May God be with you all during this time. John, Edwina, Justin and Jalen Bellamy."
"The Dickerson Family and Eddie from the Force sends their love and prayers."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barbaro family at this time. We are deeply saddened by the loss of your beautiful little Emmi she is now smiling down from heaven. May she rest in peace. Stay strong <3"
"Linda and I pray for our beloved Barbaro Family. May The Lord comfort you during this difficult time. Love from the Neffs"
"We did not have the pleasure of meeting Emmi but my 4 boys & I have been patients of your Dental practice for 13 years. Sending lots of prayers your way & that you find great comfort knowing Emmi is an angel in heaven & you will see her again someday. God Bless your family & friends close to Emmi. <3 Dean & Brandi Finley, Brandon, Logan, Jordan & Trenton <3"
"I was not lucky enough to have known Emmi, but my husband, myself and my two kids were patients of Dr. Barbaro's the years we lived in Fayetteville. We moved away from Fayetteville about 6 years ago but am just heartbroken for all of you. I know if she was anything like her father than she was a loving, caring little girl. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."
"Emmi always wore the biggest smile and her happy, positive and loving personality ALWAYS brightened my day. I am so honored to have shared a part of her life. Thanks Emmi for all the hugs,smiles and for showing me those amazing cartwheels and flips! Miss you. x"
"God Bless to the Barbaro Family, My Prayers and love is with you Always. My Heart is heavy for you but I Know Emmi will be taken care of in God's Hands. Love you all, Joan"
"I was lucky enough to have a little conversation with Emmi and Julian on Christmas morning while waiting with mom Heather to get on the flight. That smile of Emmi will always stay with me, I haven't stop thinking and praying about the whole Barbaro family I can't imagine the pain in their heart and as a mom I'm so close to you in prayers."
"I have watched Emmi grow up and she was a beautiful girl on the inside and out. Sometimes I would bring my niece with me to her house and she loved Emmi too. My heart is aching for Heather, Rich, Julian and the Barbaro family and I am truly honored to have known her. She was a true blessing to all and she will be greatly missed."
"I did not have the pleasure of meeting Emmi but I sure had the pleasure of meeting her PROUD mom and dad. Emmi was a beautiful little girl with a contagious smile. Rich and Heather you did an an that awesome job with Emmi, I praythat we can all come together to create some type of memorial scholarship fund in her honor."
"Emmi was a sweet little patient who bravely tolerated shots from nurses at Rainbow Peds. I will always remember her sweet face and brave smile through it all. She will be missed by all but is now an angel in heaven"
"Emmi was a beatiful most polite,careing,lovely little girl. I will alway have her smile in my Heart as she came into the room after School telling me how her day was or just her small talk her smile was always there when she would say "Yes ma Miss Barbara " I will alway have you in my heart Emmi .Love you Emmi! Heather,Rich and Julian"
"Just seen Emmi with that beautiful smile of hers prior to the holiday break. She ran up to me in the gym lobby so jubilant as she explained her raising money for the American Heart Association, She was filled with so much joy. Will always remember her. May God comfort this wonderful family. Jalen, Justin, John & Edwina Bellamy are praying for you and your family."
"Emmi was the sweetest little girl in the world. . she had the biggest heart, always smiling, she would make anyone feel good after spending 5 minutes with her. My Heart goes out to Dr Barbaro and Heather, you have so many friends and family to help you threw this tragedy. praying every day for all of you RIP Emmi. the sweetest Angel in Heaven"
"I never had the privilege of meeting Emmi, but I've heard so much about you all from my best friend Sarah Pollard. You are an amazing family and Emmi lives on in your courage, strength and undying love x"
"I wasnt blessed enuff to meet ur beautiful daughter, i.heard of tradegy thru a FRIEND on fb...but I lookd b th bu her photos..what a beautiful amazing lul ANGEL she was..PRAYERS GO OUT TO U AND UR FAMILY,HER FRIENDS...GOD BLESS..AGAIN I AM SO.SORRY..XO MUCHELLE SHARPE.."
"Emmi was a little girl who was truly as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She inspired my daughter McKenna to run her first 5K and McKenna also often asks me if she is as good a soccer player as Emmi. I doubt she ever knew how much McKenna looked up to her. Thank you Emmi for your example."
"Emmi is my best friend because she is giving,nice,and always smiled! I remember one time she came to my house and that night we made bracelets together,then we woke up, went down the street with my neighbor, and sold bracelets! When Emmi's mom came to pick her up she didn't want to leave. She will stay with me forever and will always be in my heart and when I run she will be beside me! RIP"
"Emmi was one of the sweetest children I've ever had the pleasure of teaching. I'll never forget that beautiful smile! I consider it a blessing and an honor to have been a small part of her life. Love you Emmi! Heather, Rich and Julian you will all be constanly in my prayers."
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