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Emilee Rebecca Naylor


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Emilee Rebecca Naylor Obituary
November 19, 1989 ~
January 5, 2019
Our beautiful daughter, sister and friend, Emilee Naylor, left us on the morning of January 5. Her sensitive, bright, curious, kind soul has flown free from the diseases that burdened and chal-lenged her beautiful mind and body. Though we will miss her every day of our lives, we are grateful her suffering is done; that in whatever way the universe goes on we will be joined with her again.
Emilee was filled with love and tenderness, intellectual curiosity and insight, profound emotional intelligence, and a passion for research. She had a great love of the natural world and its many wonders, and a quick wit that would surface even in the darkest of times. Emilee had the mind of a scientist, the heart of a musician, and art flowed from her fingertips.
Emilee received a BA with honors from Westminster College in Utah in Psychology where she managed the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Researching her interest in imagination and creativity, Emilee continued her Master's studies at the University of Oregon where she fell in love with the forests and sea of the Oregon coast. Emilee loved to travel and explored Europe, China and Central America.
During the beginnings of her PHD program at Georgetown University, Emilee experienced acute major depression that would become a long and heroic battle. She studied the diseases of the brain as she fought her depression, and later endured the debilitations of epilepsy and neuropa-thy and a syndrome that disrupted her metabolism. Her physical limitations gradually took away her ability to enjoy some of her loves: hiking, biking and playing the violin. She accepted her challenges with courage and meekness.
Emilee's perseverance and dedication to her loves and passions brought her acclaim: she shared her violin virtuosity here and abroad, and her research and publications will contribute to a better understanding of the brain for those who come after.
Emilee was a caring, loving and compassionate daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She has a spe-cial and unique relationship with each of her siblings. She will continue to live in our hearts and be manifested in the beauties of this earth that she loved.

Emilee's words:
In order to open ourselves up to new options, new
pathways, new dreams, we must first grieve old
dreams and old identities to which we so dearly clung.
We must shed our once beautiful, now withered,
petals, leaving our core naked, vulnerable and face
the winter with the faith that spring will come.
In memory I will always remain for those who wish.
Within the infinite, effervescent power of energy that holds us,
our relationships, our planet, our universe together, we will stay
connected.

Emilee's family: parents, Preston and Jamie Naylor, siblings and spouses: Jenny, and Nate Richards; Jason, and Julie Wick; Sarah, and Justin Browne; Laura, and Trey Beck; Matthew and Andrew. Nieces and nephews: Grant, Jack, Caroline, Asher, Ruby, Shylah, Zander and Nico. Grandparents: Stan and Pat Schoenfeld. Special appreciation to her professors at Westminster, her dear friends and mentors: Lesa Ellis and Jen Simonds.
A Celebration of Emilee's life will be held in the springtime.
In lieu of flowers, The Emilee Naylor Memorial Scholarship is being established at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, for those interested.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15, 2019
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