Friends, Teachers, Classmates Remember Menifee's Emily Blake

In the late afternoon of Friday, April 5, 25-year-old Emily Blake of Menifee died in an auto acciden...

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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

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.

Julianne Lanz:

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.

Stephen Falgout:

Emily, I'm so very sorry you are gone. You are missed. Rest in Peace.

Tally Roth:

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