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Emily Melissa Ercanbrack


1982 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Emily Melissa Ercanbrack Obituary
February 12, 1982 - January 19, 2017 Emily Melissa Ercanbrack traveled from this life to the next on January 19, 2017. Born February 12, 1982, in Tucson, Arizona, Emily lived in Arizona, Florida, Japan, North Carolina, and California. Emily's great love of learning inspired her to become an outstanding student at the many schools she attended. She learned to speak, read and write Japanese while attending International School of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, 1991-96. She also studied Japanese cooking and the Japanese form of karate. Emily graduated from Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Rancho Santa Margarita, California in 2000. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2005 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Economies of Industrial Societies. Emily earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Mills College, Oakland in 2012. Emily worked at bookstores, nonprofit organizations, and software sales companies. Emily's passion for travel took her to China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Canada, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and to Iceland, her favorite destination. Emily had a deep appreciation of a wide range of music genres. She frequently included concerts and festivals in her travels. Spiritualized, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and Bjork were among her favorite musicians. Emily herself was musically talented and had played drums, bass, and guitar since childhood. Emily met the love of her life, Marisa Sympson, in 2003. They were married July 28, 2008 in San Francisco. The couple enjoyed sharing many pastimes: world travel and cultural exploration; live music performances; discussions about philosophy, psychology, art, and literature; cooking foods from around the world; as well as their deep love for family, friends and their cats Tuna, Vanity, and Trouble. Emily is survived by her wife Marisa, her mother Barbara Ercanbrack, her sister Jill Bly, numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces, and Trouble, their cat. Emily will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched. A service commemorating Emily's life will be held February 16, 12 p.m. at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point. In lieu of flowers, donations in Emily's memory may be made to the SFSPCA, Planned Parenthood, or the ACLU. Emily strongly supported the mission of each of these organizations.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, 2017
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