Emily E. Dee, 1995-2018
February 16, 2018
Emily Elizabeth Dee passed from this life on Monday, Jan. 29 in Durango. She was 22 years old.
Emily was born on March 7, 1995 in Denver. Like her parents, Sean M. Dee and Suzan E. Dee (Gembczynski), and her sisters Caytlyn and Brenna Dee, she was a proud Colorado native. Her family brought her to Grand County when she was only one. Growing up in God's country, she was an expert skier and cowgirl who loved the outdoors. Emily had horses, cats and dogs and cared for them well. She also ran track and played volleyball through high school. Emily graduated early, and before college, she lived and worked in Denver. Emily had attended Fort Lewis College in Durango where she studied marketing.
Emily's struggle with mental illness manifested as she reached adulthood. She faced this challenge with courage, openness, and a bravery that her friends and family will never forget.
In spite of her difficulties, Emily touched many people with the online community she created, Fit and Sober Living. Throughout her short life, Emily carried a bright light wherever she was. Even while facing challenge, she assisted and encouraged many people who were entering recovery. Her desire to give and to care for others has inspired those who knew and loved her. Her family will always be proud of this. The motto that Emily carried and lived was "to thine own self be true."
Emily was especially close with her sisters Caytlyn Theresa of Denver and Brenna Colleen of Boulder who loved and will always cherish their baby sister.
Emily was well loved by her grandparents Thaddeus F. Gembczynski and Catherine J. Gembczynski of Colorado Springs. Her paternal grandparents were Martin P. Dee (deceased) of Denver and Kathryn Tobey (Kenney) of Florida.
A celebration of life was held on Feb. 11 at the Crown Hill in Wheat Ridge. Donations: National Alliance of Mental Illness. NAMI Southwest 10 Towne Plaza # 20 Durango, CO 81301.