Emily Golden died at home in Meridian, Idaho, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. She was 36 years old.
Emily was born in Denver on March 28, 1976. Emily moved to Caldwell, Idaho, when she was 3 years old, and to Idaho Falls when she was 6. Emily graduated as co-valedictorian from Idaho Falls High School in 1994. She was active in orchestra and was a violinist in the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra. Emily was also a member of the Outdoor Club, and went as a representative from the state of Idaho to study in Germany during the summer of 1993.
Emily was a National Merit Scholar at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1998. She later obtained a master's degree in special education at Idaho State University and taught special education in Nampa and Meridian.
Emily had one child, Karl Richard Bower. Karl had Down syndrome, an AV canal defect and Hirschsprung's disease, a bowel disorder. Karl died of heart failure when he was 11 months old. Emily was dedicated to Karl and took wonderful care of him despite his many complex medical problems.
Emily loved children and was an advocate for children with learning disabilities. Emily also loved animals, including her two cats, Arwen and Faramir. Her hobbies included music, books, movies and travel. Her overseas trips included visits to France, Italy, Israel and Scandinavia with her parents.
She is survived by her parents, Tony and Mindy Golden of Idaho Falls; her grandparents, James and Ruth Golden of Las Vegas; and her brother, James Golden of South Pasadena, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Ten Mile Christian Church in Meridian, Idaho, with Pastor Steven Moore officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ten Mile Christian Church, attn: Celebrate Recovery Ministry, 2500 W. Franklin, Meridian, ID 83642.
Remembrances may be left for the family at www .accentfuneral.com.