OBITUARY

Carmen Louise Emerick

21 February, 194323 December, 2020
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Carmen Emerick, age 77, a long-time resident of the Yakima Valley, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 peacefully at home with loved ones by her side. Carmen was an amazingly strong person that battled cancer for the past two years. She never gave up and always had a smile on her face even on her worst of days. Carmen was born February 21st, 1943 in Dallas, Oregon to Conrad and Rachel Schliesmayer. She was raised in Naches, Washington, where she created many childhood memories. Carmen married James Emerick on November 30th, 1973. Carmen had two sons (David, Doug) from a previous marriage. Later, James and Carmen were blessed with their daughter (Deana). Carmen had many interests throughout her life, but her most cherished role was being a mother/homemaker/wife. Carmen was always a supporting and caring mother. She was always there for her children anytime she was needed. Carmen was always sitting on the sidelines at her children’s sporting events, being their number one fan! She also worked at many retail jobs, such as a product demonstrator. She also loved working at the Central Washington State Fair each year in the ticket booth. Carmen loved volunteering her time in numerous organizations throughout the Yakima Valley. She volunteered at her children’s schools (PTA), as a Campfire Leader, and most recently at the Yakima Harman Center. She loved organizing special events and weekly game dates with friends. Carmen will be remembered as having a heart of gold! She was a people person, anyone that met her, loved her. Many people called her mom. She enjoyed crafting, baking, senior trips, trips to the beach, playing cards, and spending time with her family & friends. She always held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren Avery & Gunnar. She would never miss a soccer game and always loved attending Avery’s dance recitals. She had a special bond with them that most would hope for. She would refer to them as her “babies”. A special thanks goes out to Yakima Regional Home Health & Hospice. Especially, Jolene, Maggie, Cammie, Katie, and Chaplain Jerry. We would not have gotten through this without you. She enjoyed your visits and your loving care. Carmen is survived by her husband of 47 years James, sons, David & Doug Emerick, daughter, Deana Goetz (Jason); grandchildren Michael (Pia), Tori, Sierra, Heather, Chandler, Johnathan, Chuck, Hudson, Rachael, Avery, and Gunnar. She is also survived by her sister Sandra Allan, sister-in-law Irene Sparks (who was also by her side when she took her last breath). She is also survived by three great grandchildren that she loved spending time with, as well as many other family members & friends that she loved dearly (Pam, Shawna, Wendy). Carmen is preceded in death by her parents Conrad and Rachel Schliesmayer, and daughter that died at birth.

A viewing will be held on January 4th from 4-8 at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home, all family and friends are welcome to attend. There will be a private memorial service on January 5th, 2020 after she will be laid to rest at West Hills Memorial Park. There will be a Facebook Live Stream Service for all of you to join us during her services. To access the link go to www.lepfuneralhome.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.lepfuneralhome.com, search for her name and click on join livestream. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memories and messages can be shared at www.lepfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Yakima Humane Society in honor of Carmen Emerick. https://yakimahumane.org. She always loved her furry friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, 4 January , 2021

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    Tuesday, 5 January , 2021

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Shawna Monasmith

7 January 2021

Carmen, Thank you for being a role model to me growing up. I have so many wonderful memories as a kid . You were a good friend to my momma.. Some of the best memories I had was going to yard sales with you and mom. The stories you used to tell when I was little. the never ending love you had for me with be with me forever. Love you Carmen. Now you can dance in heaven with mom and you too are now reunited. Love always Shawna

Betty Thompson

6 January 2021

Carmen
I miss you and playing cards with you and all our trips.god bless you and rest in peace..love Betty

Donna Graham

4 January 2021

Carmen has a very special place in our hearts! She had the biggest heart and best personality, funny at times, serious at times! Would always make an effort to see family in Oregon or call and to make sure everyone was ok...she was our memory and knowledge of the past, would always remind us of who we are related to and names of people you where suppose to know...always lost us in the trail! Carmen loved her family and friends and would do anything for them...always going to some event whenever I talked with her ....she would run circles around us! She was one of a kind and will truly be missed by all!
The Oregon Family

Lois Cruikshank

4 January 2021

I met Carmen at the Harman Center and became friends with her on trips (gambling and others). I was asked to join the monthly Bunko group by Carman. She was very protective of being in charge and always made it lots of fun, especially the Christmas parties. Carmen was instrumental in having a Bunko Night at the Harman Center in 2019 and we were planning the 2020 Bunko Night when everything was shut down because of the Virus. I think she knew everyone in Yakima and certainly knew where and who she could get great raffle prizes donated from!!
Carmen, you will be greatly missed and wish we could have spent more time together this past year.

Victoria Emerick

4 January 2021

When i was young, my grandma would watch me when my dad was at work. She would try to get me to take a nap by run her finger down my nose. It help to get me to sleep. I now use that on her great granddaughter.

Barbara Denton

29 December 2020

Seeing all the family photos has brought back so many memories and a few tears. Carmen, you were truly one of a kind. Always on the go it seems, planning games, trips, volunteering at the Harmon Center. I remember how you and I showed up at Deana and Jasons wedding in the same dress, unplanned, and our knack for buying the kids the same gift! I guess the love we both had for the kids just naturally brought us together, and I am so happy that we got to share those times. Rest in peace beautiful lady, you are loved.

Tracey Cozby (Emerick)

29 December 2020

Carmen...we didn't always see eye to eye, we had our struggles but I always cherished our fun times. Picking up the Thrifty Nickle and Penny Press on Thursdays to sit down and circle the yard sales we wanted to hit up every Saturday is one of the memories I cherish, your gift to me at my shower was classic and perfectly thought out, all of your chickens and roosters in your kitchen, Christmas time and your present closet when you needed a quick gift to give to someone unexpectedly. So many wonderful memories! Rest in peace, Carmen. You were truly loved by many.

Royce Solis

29 December 2020

Carmen always made you feel like family and she loved hers so very much, so many family gatherings and she'd make me feel at home....literally "You want a drink? You know where the kitchen is, help yourself" I had fun playing some Bongo games she'd help put together. Now that I'm older and getting closer to retirement I would like to come home to help look after my parents, just wish I retired a few years sooner. Carmen ...Oh lord help me I can here her voice in my head with a lecture of love. She will be greatly missed
My heart goes out to all she loved and I know that is many
with much love and hugs
Royce Howard Solis

Ashlee Catron

28 December 2020

Dear carmen it's ashlee i want you to know that one of my favorite memories of you was when you used to watch me i had fun

Joanne Lundberg

26 December 2020

My heart is broken that Carmen has passed. But RIP Carmen. For the family take comfort with the friends and family that surround you. Carmen will be missed .. I went on many trips with her through the Harman center.

Best,

Joanne Lundberg

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