McKall Elle Emery

1991 ~ 2020


Dec. 26, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
9855 South Eastdell Drive, Sandy, Utah
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    Dec. 26, 2020
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  • It is said that to be a star, you must walk your own path, shine your own light, and not be afraid of the darkness, that’s when a star shines the brightest. On Sunday, December 20th, we lost our brightest star as she graduated this life and is on to the next to share her brightness there.

    McKall Elle Emery was born March 13th, 1991 to Don and Amy Emery. From day one, until the day she left us, she was a force to be reckoned with. Her love and energy would forever change the lives of those around her. She started talking months before other children her age and she kept that talent until the end. At nine months old, not only could she talk in sentences, but she climbed in her dad’s car, started the engine, and cracked open a can of Coke while waiting for him to come out. You only had to meet McKall for a moment and you knew there was something different about her. There is a cliché you hear and read about people from time to time that “if you know them, you loved them.” With McKall it ran much deeper than that. If you knew her you did love her, but the connection was instant and electric. Her energy and enthusiasm could break down walls and pierce your soul.

    McKall was a fighter. At 14 she was hit with a case of influenza that attacked her heart. She spent 14 days in the ICU at Primary Children’s fighting for her life. Against all odds she fought and won, and we were blessed with 15 more years of her spirit here on earth. Her biggest wish as a child was to have a little brother. She announced the day that Jesse was born as “the greatest day ever!” She was his best friend, confidant, and protector. Family was everything to her. From her grandparents to her distant cousins, McKall was everyone’s favorite, and she made you feel like you were her favorite as well.

    She had a unique love of animals and could never get enough of them. Even though she was allergic to many, it didn’t stop her from being around them and having a few of her own. Whether it was her beloved Theebs, whom she drove 4 hours Christmas Eve by herself to pick up, or the smallest lizard in the desert. Her Instagram feed was full of pictures of her holding every kind of animal in all parts of the world with that infectious smile. You can see her love and amazement of the creatures around her.

    She loved to travel and visit new and exotic places. The beauty of the earth was something that she loved and was always planning one trip to the next. She loved adventure and was up for anything, and wasn’t content until everyone around her was smiling and laughing. Even with the love of adventure and travel, one of her favorite places on earth was the magic that is Disneyland. You would find her with mouse ears on her head, usually with a small cousin or friend attached to each hand pulling them on to the next ride. She was the Pied Piper and loved to lead the fun with everyone she was with. She had a particular fondness of Disneyland churros…and occasionally could be found with one in each hand.

    From the age of 16 until the day she passed she worked with children with special needs. She knew her calling early in life and the love and passion she had for the children she worked with for the past 13 years was unparalleled. She loved those kids like they were her own and her ability to connect with them was truly something to behold. She understood the specialness of each child, and how best to fulfill their needs. Her patience never faltered. She was truly one-of-kind.

    Although our hearts are shattered, the hole that was created at your passing is bigger than we can fathom. We will try to follow your example of loving fiercely, laughing always, and constantly thinking of other’s needs before our own. We know you are doing more amazing things in the next life and we look forward to when we can wrap our arms around you and be with you again.

    McKall is survived by her loving parents Don Emery and Amy England Emery, her best friend and little brother Jesse Emery and his girlfriend Amy Jo Adamson, the love of her life Andy Wheeler, her grandparents Pat and Jay England, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and her beloved Theebs. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Barclay and Loretta “Babs” Emery.

    Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 26th, 12:00 pm at the Aspen Hills Ward, 9855 Eastdell Drive in Sandy, Utah. A public visitation for friend, neighbors and those who knew McKall will be held prior to the funeral services from 10-11:30 am. Due to COVID restrictions, in person attendance to the funeral will be limited. The family would hope that friends, neighbors and all who knew McKall who will not be able to attend in person, will join the funeral services virtually. Interment will follow the services at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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    You were such a wonderful person. So kind, thoughtful, and caring. You will be missed!

    - Wendie

    Sorry for your loss, friends forever David

    - David Sutter



    I am so sorry for the loss of beautiful Mckall. My heart breaks for you all but my thoughts are towards sweet Amy. May you find peace in your heart, faith that you will be reunited someday and memories that will sustain you here on earth.
    With love and condolences,
    Terese and Family

    - Terese Swan Johnston

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss! Our prayers and love are with you!

    - Brent Leonard

    Don, Amy, and Jesse,

    Our hearts ache over the loss of your sweet, sweet McKall. She was such a beautiful woman whose zest for life was apparent in everything she did. We know she will brighten the lives of those in heaven just as she did to those of us who knew and loved her here on Earth. You are in our thoughts and prayers and may God give you strength during this very difficult time.

    With Love,
    Jack, Lisa, Alexa, and Austin Blatnick

    - Jack and Lisa Blatnick

    We are absolutely stunned and heartbroken to hear of McKall’ s passing. Such a bright light in the world, her presence will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Sending much love and hugs to Donny, Amy, Jesse and the entire family. May all the wonderful memories you shared with McKall bring you some comfort during this very difficult time. We love you guys!
    Darrick, Susan, Brynn and Brooke

    - Darrick Blatnick

    I dont have the words to express my sympathy for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I didn't know her, but reading about her made me feel as if I did. It seems she and I have a lot in common. My heart truly goes out to your family and I pray for your comfort and peace at this difficult time. 💔

    - Wendy Wood (Andi's mom)

    There does not exist a more beautiful or precious soul than McKall. Amy and I talked about this many, many times. Her loss is devastating to our whole family and all who knew her. It is my hope and prayer that angels will surround you during this time and that you will feel of McKall’s love for you to the depth she would want you to. We hurt so much because we loved so much. Never stop loving!! It is the most priceless gift. McKall was the definition of LOVE and the perfect example of living life to the fullest and in service to others. I will try to live like McKall and honor her for the rest of my life. I love you with all of my heart Amy, Don, Jesse, Amy and Andy and McKall ❤️

    - Angie Peterson

    We are heartbroken by this news . Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you Donny ,Amy and Jesse . Love you all. Teresa,Brian,Marina ,Houstin ,And Noah.

    - Teresa Sarrels

    Praying everyday for you Donny ,Amy and Jesse. Love you all. Aunt Dolly

    - Darlene Blatnick

    I met mckall as a 13 year old and was able to get to know her through young women activities. She was always fun to be around and life of the party. I’m saddened to hear of her passing. To her family, my love and prayers go out to you. May you feel her presence among you in the coming days and years! Becky alder

    - Becky Alder

    Donny and Amy, I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful girl. I wish I had the perfect words to ease your pain but I don't believe those words exist. She sounds spectacular and that you have many, many memories to fall back on. Much love to you all.

    - Tami Raines

    My deepest condolences

    - Terrie Atwood

    Our hearts will never be the same💔
    We are counting down the days until we see her again❤️

    - Minna

    Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your lose. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    - Bobbie and John Morgan

    Dear Emery Family,
    McKall was the first neighbor we met in our new neighborhood. She was in the front yard walking her cat on a leash. Because we we’re also cat owners, we had a lovely visit with her about our pets. She was delightful. We are so very saddened by your sudden and tragic loss of McKall. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

    - Brad, Annie, and Chandler Berrett

    My heart is breaking for your family. I have been thinking of you all since I heard the news about McKall. May God's love pour over your family at this time and may you blessed with the assurance that you will see her again...

    - Sue Olsen

    I am so shocked and heartbroken. McKall was hands down the funniest person I've ever met. Though I've only seen her a few times over the last few years, we were inseparable in middle school and she provided me with some of the absolute best memories of my childhood. Her amazing, contagious laugh and creative ability to always make every situation so fun will be so, so missed. She was a beautiful, vibrant soul and I will always cherish the time I had with her.

    - Margot Wolfer

    Don, Amy, and Jesse. I am so sad to have heard about your loss of McKall. She was such a beautiful person. I didn’t know her as well as each of you through baseball with Jesse and Mitchell over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone who knew and loved her.

    - Verna Beckstead

    I work at Bella Vista Elementary. I did not know McKall very well, but we always greeted each other in the halls. She always had a smile on her face and had a very positive vibe. I am so sorry she left so soon. We will miss her sweet smile and presence at school.

    - Ruth Kikkert

    Don and Amy. My heart breaks for you. The hardest thing in life is to lose a child. I know that it is the hardest thing to deal with. In time you will be able to just remember all the joy you experienced with her. The heart ache will never heal but you will find a way to go on with life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    - Anna Rae Garrett

    McKall.i miss you so much already. I pray for peace to Amy,Don, and Jesse. Our memories will last forever. She was so loved by everyone.
    My heart hurts so much.

    Love you Emery's

    From Aunt Cin

    - Cindi Townsend

    We are Amy Adamson’s grandparents. We know and love Jesse. He is the nicest person and always so helpful. We know that he comes from a wonderful family. We send blessings of comfort and peace your way. With love, Don and Diane Adamson

    - Diane Adamson

    Dearest McKall,
    My in-person memories of you are mostly from your childhood years. As your beloved mother’s cousin and close friend, I witnessed your precious evolution over time at childhood birthdays and England Family Christmas parties. The last time I saw you, we spontaneously ran into one another at the Heart/Joan Jett concert in August of 2019. I recognized you immediately and joyfully approached you, fully expecting that I’d need to remind you of who I was given we had not seen one another for so many years. To my sincere delight, as I approached you your eyes instantly lit up with enthusiastic loving recognition--and in that moment you effectively communicated your abundant loving Presence to the very core of my soul. Knowing you has truly blessed me and I trust you are now radiating the Love and Joy that you are in the new realm you inhabit.
    Much Love,

    - Rhonda England Tawzer

    Donny and Amy, We are shocked and saddened by the loss of McKall. There are no words to help you ease the pain but know that you all are in our thoughts and so very loved. We are sending prayers and hope you can find the strength and peace in the days ahead. We love you.
    Corrina, Dan, Karli & Bryce

    - Corrina Dugger

    Dear Don , Amy and Jesse,
    We are so very saddened about McKalls passing. We remember McKall at Jesse's baseball games as this bright and bubbly, adorable girl who was there to show love to her family.
    We send our prayers for your family at this very tender time.
    We love you,
    Jim and Karene Teahan

    - Jim and Karene Teahan


    I don’t have the words to say other that I am sorry and that I know with all the fiber of my being that our Heavenly Fathers Plan will bring us back together with our loved ones. We love you and your family! If there is anything we can do, please call me.

    - Kevin & Richelle

    Our hearts go out to you Emery family. We cannot begin to imagine the loss and pain you are currently going through. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult of times. We are here for you if you need anything.

    - Bobby and Susan Smith

    I am a coworker of McKall’s at Bella Vista, and loved her. She definitely had a way about her, always so confident and spunky! I loved chatting with her on the chances I got to do so. She made me feel like I had a friend and confidant when I had hard days with a work issue, and I knew I could talk to her. I came to the viewing today, she looked so beautiful, it’s so hard to believe she has passed! I’m so glad I had the chance to have her in my life, if only for a little bit! Thank you for for letting your light shine Kall! Love you forever!

    - Kerrah Van Dorn

    Very sorry for your loss. When you lived in our neighborhood your family had such a close family bond and I loved hearing all the fun things that McKall would do. I listen to her service and it was beautiful hearing all the wonderful things about her from her friends and cousins. Wow what a beautiful soul she was. I your family will miss her so much and everyone else she touched a lot of lives in her short life. My heart and prayers go out to your family. Love Sheila Ray


    - Sheila Ray