September 13, 2012
Gavin LeRoy Emerson, infant son of James and Melynda (Scheffel) Emerson, of Ames, was born at 6:37 p.m., Sept. 13, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. He weighed 1 lb, 11.25 oz. and was 13' long. Gavin was diagnosed with Trisome 18. He was baptized and later died at 9:05 p.m. A private family service was held at the hospital shortly after. Gavin was cremated and a memorial fund has been established. The family will direct the memorials to the Neonatology Palliative Care Program or Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, of Des Moines, a volunteer, professional photography organization, which took pictures and created many memories of baby Gavin's life.
Hamilton Funeral Home of Des Moines was in charge of arrangements. Loess Hills Funeral Home of Malvern was in charge of local notices.
Baby Gavin and his family were the first family to be served by the newly organized Neonatology Palliative Care Program at the Des Moines Methodist Hospital. The program learned from Gavin what can be done to help other families whose babies' lives end too soon. James and Melynda feel truly blessed.
Gavin LeRoy is survived by his parents; grandparents, Kevin and Janice Emerson of Dorchester; Scott and Dorene (Leu) Scheffel of Council Bluffs; great grandparents, Ardis Scheffel and the late Dr. Melvin Scheffel of Council Bluffs; Eugene and Lois Leu of Hastings; Oliver Emerson of Waukon; aunts, uncles and cousins; and many people whose lives he touched in preparation for his birth and the short life he lived.