Emma Catherine Place

February 18, 1998August 12, 2017

Emma Catherine Place was born on Feb. 18, 1998 in Mount Vernon, Washington. She moved shortly after she was born; making a move to Windsor, CO. Emma loved her home in Colorado right next to the Poudre River, where she had room to explore with her sisters. The family moved to the city of Portland in 2007 which at first was a tough transition for a girl who needed room to roam. Yet, through key friendships at Laurelhurst Elementary School, and her church-family at First Covenant - Emma found a home and community here in Portland. Emma attended high school at St. Mary’s Academy where relationships deepened and broadened with both students and staff. Emma ran Cross Country with her sisters and was on the Nordic Ski Team. Emma served her school community as an ASB officer her senior year. After graduation, Emma attended Gonzaga University; looking to concentrate in Women’s and Gender Studies along with Political Science. At Gonzaga, Emma was also accepted into the Comprehensive Leadership Program. In the Summer of 2015 Emma represented the Evangelical Covenant Church with three other students to go to India to make a film for her denomination’s national youth conference - CHIC. Project Blue was to show the need to support and advocate for clean water for vulnerable people in the villages and slums of India. As part of this initiative, over a $150,000 was raised for clean water projects. One of Emma’s great loves was Cascades Camp in Yelm, WA where Emma attended for many years as a camper and then this last Summer in the role as, most appropriately, an Adventure Guide. Emma loved the outdoors where she could hike and ski and kayak. While her passing is far too soon for us all, she died doing what she loved in the company of one her best friends. She now has room to roam, by the hand of her Creator. In the words of C.S. Lewis, she is exploring ‘further up and further in’ - a new creation, prepared for her by the Father and His Son Jesus. Emma is survived by her parents, Kent and Janice, her three sisters, Erin, Laura and Abby - and a slew of aunts and uncles and cousins, grand-parents and countless loyal friends who delighted in our beautiful and loving girl. Please direct any memorial gifts to either: Cascades Camp Water1st There will be a Celebration of Life Friday, August 25th at 2pm Eastridge Covenant Church 14100 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR 97015 NOTE: Emma would want you to dress casually…. Teva’s, Chaco’s, Birkenstocks, shorts, T-Shirts and ball caps are welcomed and encouraged


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 25, 2017

Emma Catherine Place

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Linda Crocker

December 16, 2017

Janice, Kent, Erin and Abby:
I am heartbroken and saddened for the untimely loss of sweet Emma and her girlfriend from SMA. It is difficult to comprehend, let alone endure at times, your unbearable heartbreak and grief. I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet baby girl, sister, friend companion, mentor, and cherished daughter. I wish I could have been here this summer to share in Emma's beautiful celebration of life at Saint Mary's Academy. I hear it was a thoughtful, warm, and fitting tribute to two beautiful young women who have been leaders, friends and advocates for others in their communities at school, church and the larger world.

Words can't express my sadness for your loss. I pray you will find comfort in God's bigger plans for Emma and that He will shower you with love, kindness, peace and joy this Christmas.

You are in my thoughts and prayers-

Jan Greene

August 25, 2017

Dear Place family,
I was so sorry to hear of Emma's tragic death. She was an amazing young lady taken way too soon. Abby, I know how much you loved your sister; you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Janet Hori

August 25, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the family today and always. The joy Emma brought to all will live in our hearts forever.

Sheila Martin

August 25, 2017

Dearest Place Family,
I am so grateful that God made it possible for my son Richard to know Emma. Through him, I know how loving, open and kindhearted she was raised to be. It is no surprise that she will be deeply missed by so many. Prayers and hugs from our family to yours.

August 25, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate Emma's life today. Love to all the family. Phil and Arlene Chatman

Donna Hoffman

August 25, 2017

Words and thoughts cannot express the loss of a child, sister and friend and the grieve you are all going through. Our prayers are with all of you during this time. I know she is in good hands but has left us way too soon. Donna and John Hoffman

August 24, 2017

Emma was a very special person and will surely be missed. May God watch over her and hold her in the palm of his hand until you meet again. Willie and Myrna Leewong

Bart Hoffman

August 24, 2017

Kent, Janice, Erin, Laura and Abby. We were deeply saddened to hear about Emma and her friend Emily. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bart, Nick, Maddie and Nate Hoffman

Marc McKenzie

August 23, 2017

Janny Kay and I were shocked and dismayed upon hearing about Emma's fall. We love your whole family, and this just knocked the wind out of us. We know it is your worst nightmare, and wish, wish we could be near to support and help. She was a wonder from the earliest days of her life when we met her, and it sounds like her spirited, loving and generous heart only grew since you moved away. I regret that we never got to be with the Emma who blossomed with a zest for life and a love of friends. We are grieving her, and praying for all of you.

August 23, 2017

In loving memory of our angel Emma, who in her short life brought joy to all around her and made our world a better place.

With love always,
Grandpa Gartland and Carol