Emily Hiscock

Emily Rose Hiscock, It is with saddened hearts that the family of Emily Rose Hiscock announces her passing on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Born on April 7, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she was the daughter of Gayle McIver and Wade Hiscock. At an early age Emily moved to Spring, Texas where she attended school, most recently as a student at Klein Collins High School. She was a valued member of the Klein Collins Varsity Swim Team, as well as the Cypresswood Sharks. Emily was looking forward to her upcoming high school graduation and the many challenges and adventures that awaited her. In addition to her team at MD Anderson, Emily chose four tools for her fight against melanoma: grace, dignity, courage, and humor, all of which helped those around her. Emily had a tenacious spirit, a beautiful smile and a kind heart. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her including her family, teachers, swim coaches, teammates and many friends. Emily was an amazing and loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, stepsister, niece, cousin and friend. Emily is survived by her mother, Gayle McIver, stepfather, Dan Morrissey, father, Wade Hiscock and stepmother, Elizabeth Decker. She is also survived by sister, Claire Hiscock; step-siblings, Rachel Kelton and Derrick Morrissey; grandparents, Sherm McIver, Betty Way and Harris Hiscock; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She is predeceased by her grandfather, Thomas P. McIver, QC. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the team at the MD Anderson Cancer Center including Drs. Nicholas Papadopoulos and Richard Royal, as well as nurse practitioners Nydia and Michelle and all the rest of the wonderful staff of the 10th floor melanoma unit. The family will greet friends 5-8 PM, Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Klein Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be 2 PM, Monday, October 8, 2012 at Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 18511 Klein Church Rd., Spring, TX 77379. Donations can be made to MD Anderson, Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology c/o Dr. Patrick Hwu on behalf of Emily Hiscock. Emily loved a poem called "The Oak Tree" by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr. It best describes her incredible inner strength and indomitable spirit. Though her time with us was far too short, she has inspired all of us to find strength within ourselves in times of adversity. A mighty wind blew night and day, It stole the oak tree's leaves away. Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark, Until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground, While other trees fell all around. The weary wind gave up and spoke, "How can you still be standing, Oak?" The oak tree said, "I knew that you Can break each branch of mine in two, And carry each leaf away, Shake my limbs and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, Growing stronger since my birth. You'll never touch them, for you see, They are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn't sure Of just how much I could endure. But now I've found, thanks to you, I'm stronger than I ever knew."


Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 6, 2012