In Memoriam: Emmy Grace Cherry
On February 5, 2008, ten year old Emmy Grace Cherry died when a tornado struck her home in Atkins, Arkansas. Her parents, Jimmy and Dana Cherry, were also killed in the tornado. Emmy was a bright, generous girl who loved animals and reading and wanted to be either an astronomer or a veterinarian. She was also a huge Warriors fan.
According to Lynn, of Vintage Books, a bookseller who knew Emmy:
Erin Hunter has no greater fan than Emmy Cherry. She not only read every book, but insisted that we all read them. I am 50 years old, and reading them. Her grandparents are reading them. Her aunts are reading them. Every child in the Middle School is going to read them. Because they are Emmy's favorite authors.
Emmy is survived by her grandparents and other family members. From all accounts, she was much loved and will be deeply missed by her surviving family and her community.
Lynn also wanted me to pass on that Emmy's brave cat, Shasta, survived the storm. Rescue workers found her in the rubble. She was seriously injured and will lose a leg, but a local vet is caring for her for free, and one of Emmy's friends is going to adopt her. Lynn said that she felt that Shasta had a true Warrior spirit.
I found out about this tragedy from Vicky Holmes, and she asked if I could post something so that members of the Warriors community could show our support for Emmy's family and friends and honor the memory one of our own "clan." I didn't know Emmy, but from everything I've read, I'm sure she would have fit right in here and been a friend to everyone. I want to offer my condolences to those who did know and love Emmy, and my sorrow at reading about her loss from this world. So please join me in sitting vigil for Emmy Grace Cherry.
I asked if Emmy had chosen a Warrior name for herself, and her grandmother believes that she had, but we don't know what it was. Emmy's family's nickname for her was Pidge.
If anyone reading this who isn't a member would like to share any comments, please email me at email@example.com and I'll be glad to add your comments here. I'd especially love to hear from anyone who knew Emmy and is willing to share any thoughts or memories.
If you'd like to find out more, here's some newspaper articles:
Lynn sent me these two pictures of Emmy on behalf of her family. The first picture is a recent one, and the second one is from when she was younger, with her kitten. (I don't know if this kitten is Shasta).
Wands and Worlds "Mom"