EMERY, Marylou passed away on June 9, 2014. Mom was born in Genoa, Italy in 1929 and raised in Rome, Italy. She would tell me stories about how they would hear the sirens go off in the middle of the night and have to take shelter in the cellar. She always suffered insomnia and said that was the reason. Her father Umberto was an Italian citizen and her mom Emma Rossi who immigrated there from Massachussetts. Most of her family remained in Italy when mom met my dad who was a young serviceman named Richard while he was visiting Rome in 1953. They fell in love and married in 1953 in Rome and had their first child, Margaret in October 1954. After Dad landed a government job, they moved to Omaha, NE where Dad was raised as a child. He still had family there and settled and in October 1958 had their second child, Carol Linda. Mom and Dad loved to travel, and the next year an opportunity came up to relocate to Tripoli, Libya. They were there for a few years and in June 1962, gave birth to a son Joseph John, named after his uncle Joseph, moms brother. After a few years longer, mom couldn't take the heat anymore in Libya and we all moved back to the United States, Alexandria, VA, then a few months later to Fairfax county. Mom worked as an accountant for a four star restaurant in Washington, DC. We remained there until 1974 when Dad got a job transfer to Staten Island, NY. Mom and Dad were good providers and we were fortunate to take some nice vacations. Mom worked steady in Manhattan until she retired in 1994. After I transferred to Kentucky in 1993 with Yadira and our son, Timothy, mom and dad followed us down soon after. After a bit of culture shock set from moving from New York City to Lexington, KY, we made a comfortable living there and Kristen was born in June 1997 and we all lived there until 2000. That same year, we transferred to St. Petersburg, where weve been ever since, and not without my mother. Mom, you always had such a gentle touch, literally and figuratively. Always so generous and caring with me and my sisters as children and carried right over into our adulthood. I think I can say that you lived a very good life overall, but not without your share of grief. You had your beloved grandson Chris, Margaret's son, pass away at the early age of 21. Four years later in 1998, my Dad on Christmas day at the age of 73, then in 2006, your younger brother Joseph, and in November of that same year was a heart breaking loss; your first daughter Margaret lost her battle to breast cancer. She was only 52. You've touched a lot of lives during your 85 years and words cannot even begin to express my sorrow and how you'll be missed and my love for you. But now it's time to say goodbye. I am glad that you are no longer suffering, and at last will have peace and comfort in God's kingdom reunited with all your loved ones who have passed on. We'll be together again someday. What more more can I say? You've been a big part of my whole life at every step and now will have to find a way to carry on without you. So many memories. You'll live forever in my heart. I love you Mom. Mary is survived by her son, Joseph; daughter, Carol; daughter-in-law, Yadira; three grandchildren, Timothy, Kristen, and Natalie; her niece, Paola and nephew, Fillipo and numerous other family members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Teen Challenge Emerging Leaders College, 236 Leadership Lane, Jesup, GA 31545. Memorial service, Saturday June 21, at 11 am, St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1200 12th Street North, St. Petersburg.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 13, 2014