In the late afternoon of Friday, April 5, 25-year-old Emily Blake of Menifee died in an auto accident on Antelope Road, just north of Scott Road.
From comments posted on our website and Facebook page, we at Menifee 24/7 realized how beloved this long-time Menifee resident was. We asked our readers for their expressions of sympathy and memories of Emily. Here is a collection of comments emailed to us or posted on one of our sites. We encourage readers to leave additional comments on this post. We will continue to add comments posted to our Facebook page and emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Liz "Pee Wee" Ray:
Ten years ago I went to a new summer camp so that I could complete something to attend the summer camp I had attended my whole life. I was not excited. I was prepared to dislike all the differences. I was beautifully surprised. Camp Scherman is a magical place full of an amazing group of girls and staff who have helped shape me into who I am. No exception to that is Emily Boba Blake.
She was in my unit 10 years ago and was part of the reason I fell in love with Scherman. Emily was always full of life and smiles and was up for anything, even if she wasn't feeling it. She always had a shoulder for me when I needed one, even if I was acting crazy. As the years passed and we went from being girls to being young women and adults together, our friendship became even more important and even stronger. I have spent many a night under the stars discussing everything from life to the question of whether or not it was a moth or a shooting star.
She was and forever will be my WonderTwin. She always had time for a child in need or a friend in crisis. She is my Sister. I will hold her memory deep in my heart and when I look up to the sky and see a shooting star....or quite possibly a moth....I will know she is still with me. Our bonds of Sisterhood can withstand anything.
I grew up with Emily all the way from elementary school to high school. We were in Girl Scouts together as well -- Troop 1000 with Donna Gross and Emily's mom, Jan. Jan even made my Girl Scout vest, which I still have.
My favorite two memories of Emily were when our troop ran a Girl Scout camp and each of the girls in the troop ran a station or two. I ran the orienteering booth and took girls all over the campsite with a compass. During the weekend we were there, Emily had the idea of giving each of us nicknames and handed out friendship knot lanyards. She had given me the nickname of Nurse Betty. I have always remembered that camping trip and to this day I still look back at how much fun we had together.
Another of my favorite memories was our Girl Scout slumber parties we would have at Donna's house. We would watch chick flicks, do each other's hair and sing karaoke. I know I have a disc somewhere with a compilation of pictures of myself and Emily along with the rest of the troop in our pajamas having fun. She was an amazing, gifted girl. I will miss her dearly. I still can't believe she is gone. It breaks my heart.
Emily, I'm so very sorry you are gone. You are missed. Rest in Peace.
Emily Blake was a beautiful woman who truly embodied what it means to be a Girl Scout. Affectionately known as "Boba" by her Girl Scout sisters, Emily taught each of us how to love life, by simply being herself. Her infectious smile and bubbly spirit could bring a smile to even the saddest heart.
I will remember Emily's laugh the most. I know she is smiling down on all of us. Emily didn't even have to try in order to follow the Girl Scout Law; it was a part of her. She will continue to inspire me and the many young girls she has worked with over the years.
Emily's spirit completely embodies all of these qualities:
I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
She is deeply missed. :(
Laurie Brown (addressed to Emily's parents):
Dear Jann and Don,
On behalf of (the former) Canyon Stars Service Unit, we would like to send our sincere condolences regarding the loss of your precious daughter, Emily. I have been receiving texts and calls from leaders who want to send condolences but don't want to intrude during such a difficult time. All want to reach out, but don't know what to say.
Emily was an amazing young woman, and an inspiration to so many girls. While she was a P.A. for our troop, our girls wanted to be just like Emily! They even argued about who got to sit next to her and who got to hold her hand. As former Canyon Stars Service Unit Manager, I was privileged to be able to award Emily with many of her recognitions and accomplishments.
We watched as she received her Silver Award. We watched as she stepped out of the limo to receive her 10-year pin. I was proud to recognize her as a member of the 1000+ Club and as Canyon Stars Top Seller for several years. Emily was the first (of two) to receive her Gold Award in the Canyon Stars Service Unit, and the first (of three) to become a Lifetime Girl Scout from Canyon Stars. And finally, we watched as a strong young woman full of courage, confidence and character climbed into a canoe to sail away and make the world a better place.
I can honestly say, Emily made a difference in people's lives and she definitely made the world a better place. We don't know why some are taken so young, but what we do know is that Emily was an inspiration to those around her and will be remembered not just for her accomplishments, but for the beautiful young woman that she was.
Again, from all of the leaders of the former Canyon Stars Service Unit, we send our condolences and prayers.
Hans Christensen Middle School
Menifee Union School District:
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Blake Family. I am deeply saddened that such a wonderful young lady has been lost. Emily was in my 6th grade science and art classes (right) at Menifee Valley Middle School during the 1999-2000 school year. I remember her positive attitude, leadership, voluntarily helping her peers, eagerness to learn, and genuine kindness toward others. She asked for very little and gave those who knew her so much by being a part of our lives. I will forever remember Emily as a happy 11-year-old with a contagious smile. Emily, you will be sincerely missed. RIP, sweet angel.
To Jan and your family, I'm saddened by your great loss. Emily was a beautiful, amazing person with a dazzling smile. I loved her very much. She will be missed by all of us! My prayers are with you so that you can someday get through this. All my sincere love, Terri.
Peggy Sue Abel Treadway:
I had met Emily several times. She worked with a family member of mine. A beautiful, sweet wonderful girl. I am so sad .. .cried all night. God Bless Emily and her family and friends. Such a tragedy.
Helen Reid Rainford:
Very sad. I remember her from Ridgemoor Elementary School. My heart goes out to her family.
Emily, I'm so heartbroken that you had to go through this alone. You must have been so scared. I can't stop thinking about you. Gentle hugs and prayers to you andyour loved ones. I won't forget you; I promise.
Jacqueline Nicole Franks:
I'm very sad. I went to school with Emily. She is such a sweet girl!
So sad to hear this. My prayers go out to her family. I remember them from Ridgemoor. My heart aches.
Cindy McEuen Brajevich:
Our deepest condolences to the Blake Family. Although we have not had close contact with the family in a while, we have known Emily since our daughters were in grade school. We are so sorry for your loss.
My heart is broken for her family. Emily was such a beautiful person. I can't believe this happened. I'm in shock still.
Prayers for Emily and her family. She was the first person I was friends with when we moved here and remained a very good friend of mine through middle school.
Tammy White Cebula:
My thoughts and prayers go out to Jann and Don and the rest of Emily's family. Such shocking news. Another life taken way too soon.