Emma Payares
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Emma Payares, wife, mother, sister and friend, passed on May 17, 2020 in Wilmington, CA, after a 3 year battle with bile duct cancer. During her journey, she never lost her smile, laughter, sense of creativity and generous, loving heart. She graduated from Banning H.S., earned an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts specializing in Child Development from Harbor College, a B.S. in Occupational Studies, a degree in Adult Education, and an M.A. in Teaching, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She had a 40 year career with L.A.U.S.D. and was 2015 Teacher of the Year. Emma is survived by her husband, Garner Morales; two sons, Jake and Chris Morales; her mother, Carmen Payares, siblings: Eileen, Joseph, David, and Elsa and many other family members including Robert, Richard, Sierra, Kai and Alysia. She is greatly missed and will never be forgotten.


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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jul. 12, 2020.
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July 16, 2020
My life as a teacher has never been the same since I met Emma in 1993. She was a mentor to me, and saw me through many challenges in my teaching career. There is not a day that goes by where I will never forget , how Emma has changed my life and made me a better teacher. I thank you Emma ,for being a part of my life. You will be missed greatly. Cindy Daley
July 14, 2020
It was such an honor to meet you and spend a lot of time with you. You will forever be in our hearts ❤. Rest in peace .
Antwon
Friend
July 13, 2020
Emma was the kindest, caring, selfless person that I had the honor of calling her my word of wisdom and calming friend. Emma brought me peace, comfort and joy thru out my life. I love you Emma and miss you.. til we meet again.
Eva Kelly
Family
July 13, 2020
When I first met Emma I didn't realize that she would become such a significant person in my life. She was an amazing person with a huge heart of gold. She was Always kind and in in good spirits no matter what. I loved her dearly and I patiently await the day I see her again. Sleep well my eternal friend ❤
Winter Hall
Friend
July 13, 2020
Loving caring Mrs lady !!! U taught my daughter rebecca 23 years ago in the children center in harbor city we kept in touch through out the years then ur son Cris and my son david were at the boys and girls club in Wilmington were we reunited again on everyday bases and I just was so heart broken as u told me about your cancer it broke my heart u were all in our family prayers then u fought the battle so happy to see you how strong and looking good because you won the first time !!!!!then I heard u were battling again it just sadden us broke our hearts how cancer came back Im so sadden to hear this news Mrs Emma I just now Jesus will take good care of you he needed you as an angel up in heaven!!!! Till we met again u will always have a place in our heartsTruly missed but never will be forgotten Angie Perez and family
Angie Perez
Friend
July 13, 2020
I will never forget Ms Emma ,such of wonderful teacher and beautiful from inside and outside, love her so much,I thanks God that gave me the wonderful opportunity to work with Ms. Emma as her assistant ❤
Sandra vides
Friend
July 12, 2020
Emma there isnt a day that goes by that you arent mentioned! Thanks for being a great friend a big sister! I miss you so much! Miss our morning phone calls.
Monica Toruno
Friend
July 12, 2020
Emma there isnt a day where we dont think about you! You are always around we miss you so much!
Monica Toruno
Friend
July 12, 2020
Emma,
Thank you for your loving and caring spirit during our time with you. Your light and presence will continue to bless all those who love you dearly. You shall continue to be remembered in our mind and hearts always. ♥
Tom Lopez
Friend
July 12, 2020
There isnt a day that goes by that I dont miss my friend of 45 years and our talks. Emma was a kind a loving soul and I know that many people miss her. Emma will never be forgotten. She is watching over us all. May you Rest In Peace ❤
Laura Martinez
Friend
July 12, 2020
Can't seem to find the words to express myself about Emma because she was full of MANY Qualities. I also know that she's in a better place. She will definitely be missed, she was always willing to lend a helping hand, and she had a heart of Gold.
Maria Gutierrez
Friend
July 12, 2020
Miss Emma was my son preschool teacher what a wonderful person she was. We were so blessed to have her in our lives at Dolores Street Elementary School. We will never forget you miss Emma rest in peace.
Cindy Vasquez
Friend
July 12, 2020
Emma was a wonderful women inside and out. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Gary, Krista, Sienna, & Garner
Family
July 12, 2020
Thought I had few times that cousin Emma and I crossed paths, she still left a positive impression upon me. I remember her smile and pleasant personality, bubbly and full of life. Most memorably she was there in my first solo horse ride that happened in Cloudcroft NM. The horse ran away with me on its back. After some wrangling from the horse hand, Ms. Emma encouraged me the rest of our ride to show courage and finish the ride which we did. Smiles and love to Emma, family and friends :). Cuz Joe in NM.
Jose Gallegos
Family
July 12, 2020
I miss Emma everyday! She was such a beautiful person & I was blessed to have her for my Best Friend.
Sheryl Pickle Langhart
Friend
July 12, 2020
Emma, my caring, creative and generous cousin, I will miss you but the memories will live in my heart.
Jesus Payares
July 12, 2020
My cousin Emma Payares and my great niece Mya.What a wonderful memory for my great niece Mya of her kindergarten teacher.
Emma was instrumental in advising and guiding my niece Desiree Pritchett to pursue Mya's educational gifts.It's been a wonderful journey for mother and daughter due to Emma's huge heart.We miss you Emma.God bless my Payares Family.
Lisa Castillo Payares-Ogas
Family
July 12, 2020
This is Mrs. Adame from Saints Peter and Paul School, so sorry to hear of Emma's death. She was such a beautiful breath of fresh air. So kind and always had a smile on her face. May she rest in peace.
Martha Adame
Friend
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