Let the memory of Emerson be with us forever
  • 10 years old
  • Born on October 14, 2002 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States.
  • Passed away on December 27, 2012 in Litchfield, Minnesota, United States.

     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. 

Posted by Olivia Martin on 19th May 2018
Missing you Emmi
Posted by April Smith on 27th December 2017
Thinking of you, mom, dad, and Julian today and missing you sweet girl. We know you are having an amazing time in heaven but our hearts still hurt here. We all miss your smile and your hugs. We love your family so much and send up prayers for comfort. May your life's legacy live with us forever. All of our love xoxoxoxox - The Smith Family
Posted by Andrea Dickerson on 27th December 2017
May peace be with you and your family. The Dickerson Family
Posted by Ann Herndon on 14th October 2017
We miss you.
Posted by Sue Morgan on 30th December 2016
After learning about Emmi's story this morning, my husband and I made a donation to the American Heart Association in her name since it was a charity she herself supported. Emmi's beloved spirit lives on! #Randomactofkindless for Emmi!
Posted by Ann Herndon on 27th December 2016
Sweet girl, you are missed every day. Your family, friends, and people you never knew think of you and miss you.
Posted by Andrea Dickerson on 27th December 2016
Praying for your family today. Love, The Dickerson Family
Posted by Sarah Pollard on 27th December 2016
Missing your sweet smile and your contagious laugh. You made such a difference in this world. THE sweetest soul. You were one in a million Emmi
Posted by April Smith on 27th December 2015
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
Posted by Barbara Borsati on 27th December 2015
Thinking of you today Emmi! I saw the Angels all over these Christmas and you are the sweetest of all.
Posted by Kim Pryzgoda on 14th October 2015
Emmi, you will always be a blessing to everyone you touched. Happy Heavenly Birthday.
Posted by Cassandra Billingsley on 14th October 2015
Happy Birthday sweet Emmi. We all miss and love you. Love, The Billingsleys
Posted by Katelynn Mundell on 4th October 2015
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.
Posted by Christel Haworth on 27th December 2014
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!!
Posted by Cassandra Billingsley on 27th December 2014
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. Love, The Billingsleys
Posted by April Smith on 27th December 2014
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!
Posted by Jimmy Maher on 15th October 2014
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
Posted by Joyce Evans on 14th October 2014
Happy Birthday Emmi from Joyce, Bobby, & Bryan Evans
Posted by April Smith on 14th October 2014
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.
Posted by John Bellamy on 14th October 2014
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.
Posted by Olivia Martin on 29th May 2014
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
Posted by Emma Brock on 20th April 2014
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
Posted by Megan Villar on 28th December 2013
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!!
Posted by Sharon Flaherty on 28th December 2013
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.
Posted by Manda Parrous on 27th December 2013
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
Posted by Ann Herndon on 27th December 2013
Well done, sweet girl!!
Posted by Jimmy Maher on 27th December 2013
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
Posted by Elizabeth Prince on 26th December 2013
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.
Posted by Elizabeth Prince on 26th December 2013
Celtic Blessing “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.”
Posted by Mitch Herndon on 23rd December 2013
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
Posted by Richard Barbaro on 22nd December 2013
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
Posted by Joyce Evans on 14th October 2013
We think about her often. Never forgotten. Remains in our prayers.
Posted by Sarah Pollard on 14th October 2013
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
Posted by Jimmy Maher on 22nd May 2013
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 !
Posted by Emaly Bostaph on 21st May 2013
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.
Posted by Jessica Gardner on 7th February 2013
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!
Posted by Martha Holster on 31st January 2013
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
Posted by Krystal Jordan on 28th January 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers each day. Joe and Violet Dowd
Posted by Holden Godwin on 19th January 2013
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.
Posted by Maiya Parrous on 19th January 2013
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
Posted by Dan Heidenreich on 18th January 2013
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 !!
Posted by KARAN CHRISTIAN on 15th January 2013
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 :)
Posted by Joyce Van Voast on 14th January 2013
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.
Posted by Jennifer Lamberth on 13th January 2013
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
Posted by Kari Ellis on 12th January 2013
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.
Posted by Mitch Herndon on 12th January 2013
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. Love, The Herndons
Posted by Paul & Patsi Dalpe on 10th January 2013
In memory of our little angel
Posted by Lisa And Chris Abel on 10th January 2013
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. Lisa
Posted by Linda Martin Anderson on 8th January 2013
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).
Posted by Marsha Young on 6th January 2013
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.

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