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EMMA PICKETT VELIS

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January 21, 2015
To Emmy's family and many friends-
Emmy was the heart and soul of Peace Corps El Salvador in the mid-1960s. She was welcoming, warm, witty, knowledgeable, smart and quietly affirming, even when she let you know that you may have erred in some way. She loved El Salvador, and her volunteers. I, and many of my colleagues, are deeply saddened by her passing. She will always be a vibrant memory for us.
April 28, 2013
Emmy not only were we co-workers but also very good friends,. Our friendship got even stronger over the years. I have lost a very close and dear friend. Mario and I will always miss your sense of humor and positive thoughts about life.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
April 25, 2013
Mom,

On April 19th a part of me died along with you. I don't know how to live life without you, and although it can never be as fulfilling as it was while you were in it, I promise you to continue to be happy and live it on my terms because I know that is what you would have wanted. You were my mother, my teacher and my friend.

As a mother, you filled our lives with love and understanding until your very last day. I felt cherished, loved and protected every single day of my life. You were a gentle force who didn't belittle me or judge me. Your strength, integrity and moral character demanded my respect, and the older I got, the harder it was to do anything that would cause you disappointment or hurt.

Although you raised us with a gentle hand, you didn't tolerate disrespect or any negative attitude. You held us accountable for our bad behavior, and Anita and I knew that if we got “the look”, we were in deep trouble. As Carmen Renee told me, you raised us with so much love, making sure we were surrounded by laughter, fun and things we desired, but at the same time, you were strict to ensure we turned out decent.

As my teacher, you taught me the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect regardless of who they were. You abhorred arrogance and encouraged humility. In the countless times I complained about somebody, your answer to me was, “don't judge someone until you've walked in their shoes” or you reminded me that everyone has problems.

You taught me to be self-reliant and to always be informed. It got on your nerves when we were ignorant of current events or major news. It was important to you that we researched as much as we could when making decisions. You knew knowledge is power.

More importantly, you led us by example. From your actions, we learned to cook, to be good hostesses, to treat people with kindness, to be decent and honest, to enjoy simple pleasures like the beauty of a garden and the company of loved ones. As our role model, we learned how a classy, cultured lady behaves in all situations, good and bad. You showed us through your generosity how to be selfless and to always think of the needs of others. I struggle at times to get it right, but I promise you to keep it up until I become more like you.

As my friend, you made life fun. It was my favorite pastime to spend time doing anything with you. I loved cooking together, our happy hours with wine and your renowned guacamole and talking on the phone for an hour nearly every day. I could tell you anything, and I knew any resolution to a problem or question I had was a phone call away. I loved playing cards or any game with you, Anita, Mary Belle, Spence and James. You were always up for that and were pretty tough competition.
We shared so many interests, and I will miss our information sharing on nutrition, alternative medicine and politics. I will miss your updates on how Tiger Woods did in the golf, and, of course, watching the Miami Dolphins games together. I will miss our talks about every topic. I learned so much from you. It didn't matter where we were or what we were doing, I enjoyed every second of your company, and it was hard to leave after my visits were done.

My friends knew so much about you. I talked about you all the time, and they wanted to meet you. It seemed odd to me that they didn't express similar feelings about their mothers, but I know you were special. Unique in all the good ways. How lucky I was.

We left a lot of unfinished business like the vegetable garden, the trip to Vegas with James later this year, this upcoming football season and so, so much more. Life for me will never be the same, but I promise you to always strive to be the best person I can be, just as you lived your life. I couldn't have asked for a better example of what it means to be decent, selfless and every other beautiful quality a person could have. You had them all.

You were my guiding light and my best friend.

I will love you forever.

Virginia
April 25, 2013
To Emmy's family - She was a lovely lady. Always with a smile on her face. I remember her with much fondness.
April 25, 2013
Queridas Anita y Virginia:

Mi más sentido pésame por la pérdida de una gran señora, mis oraciones están con ustedes y estoy segura que ya en el cielo billa una estrella más.
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