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Emma Louise Child

November 7, 1928 — February 19, 2022

With love and sadness, we announce the passing of

our Mother and Grandmother

Emma Louise Briggs Child

7 November 1928 – 19 February 2022

daughter of Azer Richard & Emilie Sophia Osterloh Briggs

of Magrath, Alberta Canada

Mother of Tommy, Jeff, Dana & Noelle

Being the last of nine siblings to graduate this life,

Emma Lou has been described as

“The Last of the Greats” And She Was!

Mom always felt the love of her family. There to greet her on the other side are Two Sons: Thomas Briggs Price and Jeffery Alan Smith; Husbands: Edward Benson Nelson and Derral Mark Child, Parents and Eight Siblings: Alice Briggs Aldrich (Emile), Beth Briggs Hackney (Gordon), Virginia Briggs Curtis, Ernie (Betty) Briggs, Don (Arlene) Briggs, Fred (Dee) Briggs, Hermine Briggs (Phares) Horman and Jim (Lu) Briggs.

Mom was the last one of the nine siblings and their spouses to reunite together again. Some lament when they are the last one left alive, but think of the party when they arrive!!

Mom leaves behind many of her loved ones, including children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Daughter Dana Smith Ashby (Doug) with children; Kara Ashby Miller (Jordan), Amelia Ashby, Merry Ashby & ShaiLi Ashby. Daughter Noelle Smith Ayers with children; Taylor Ayers (Jen) & Madison Ayers. Grandsons: Jordan Smith & Liam Smith MacLeod (sons of the late Jeff Smith)

and Great Grandchildren

Children of the Nelson Family: Tim (Lori) Nelson, Ed Nelson and their children and grandchildren.

Children of the Child Family: Ellen (Dan) Fassett, Mark (Debra) Child, Kathleen (Keith) Smith, Evelyn (Dan) Walkenhorst, Miriam (Don) McKay and their children and grandchildren.

Mom loved them all and they enriched her life.

Emma Lou — it’s a double name, shortened from Emma Louise. She loved to be called Emma Lou. If someone called her Emma, she’d correct them. Mom was named after her Father’s Welsh mother Emma and her mother’s brother Louis.

Our Mom, Emma Lou was born in Magrath Alberta Canada. A place she dearly loved and kept close to her heart all her life. She was raised on a farm with her 8 other siblings. She learned to work hard, to milk cows, ride horses and more. When she was in her upper teens, they moved into town, which was away from the farm and one room schoolhouse in Lehi Field and into the town of Magrath. She was in high school at the time. Mom thought she would die if she didn’t get to ride a horse everyday. Well, she didn’t die, but longed to ride just the same.

Mom loved many things. Near the top of that list must be BASKETBALL, in capital letters. She played center for the Cardston/Magrath Shooting Stars and a star she was. . . at least that’s the story we got. They were a great team, winning games and championships.

Music was one of Mom’s favorite things. She had a beautiful alto voice and could sing and sing and sing. To harmonize was one of her favorite things.

Mom has always fiercely loved her family. To this littlest sister – being number 8 of 9 children- her siblings were her world . . and they remain so. She probably knew their strengths and weaknesses, but always focused on their strengths. She knew that if she needed them, they would always be there for her. And they always were.

Mom’s parents were practically perfect, at least they were the perfect parents for her. Her Dad Azer died when she was 20, so perhaps that hug has been waiting about 73 years. Her mother Emilie (pronounced Amelia) died when she was 47, another overdue hug, to be sure. When Mom was recently asked who she will be excited to see when she leaves this life, she would say, “Mama and Daddy”.

Mom served the young and the old and anyone in between. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her whole life. She was a good neighbor and cared for those around her.

Throughout her life, Mom wore many hats. She wore each hat with fun, dignity and grace: Wife, Mother, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Teacher, Friend, Avis Rent-a-Car Agent, Secretary, Page at the Utah Legislature, Waitress, Pharmacy Clerk, Waterton Hotel Employee and more.

Mom will be remembered as being full of life, spunky and fun. She had a ready smile to share with everyone. Mom tried to make the lives of others easier with her helpful nature. She would jump into a project (big or small) with you, at the drop of a hat. You could always share a chat and a laugh with Mom.

We will miss our Mom . . . but just think of the party as she arrived. . . . just think of the rook games, the hugs, the smiles, the joy. It’s not known exactly what it’s like, but one thing is certain . . There is heavenly rejoicing that Emma Lou is home.

A Graveside Service will be held for Emma Lou at the Magrath Cemetery, Magrath, Alberta on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 12:00 noon.

A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 10:00 am at the Union Fort 6th ward Chapel, 6770 S., 500 E., Midvale, Utah.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Service

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Magrath Cemetery

, Magrath, AB T0K 1J0

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