Emily Patricia Popkin
Emily Patricia Popkin (1971-2015)
died peacefully at home on
March 1, 2015 after a long struggle with multiple sclerosis. Emily was the cherished daughter of Susan and Ivan Popkin of Elkins Park PA, beloved sister of Nancy Popkin (Mark Stanback) of Davidson NC, and Deborah (Richard) Amsellem of Rockville MD, and adored aunt of Gray Stanback, Sylvie Stanback, Lauren Amsellem, and Alec Amsellem.
Emily graduated from Abington Friends School in Abington, PA and Bowdoin College in Maine and moved to Seattle to enjoy the beauty of the region. A lover of the outdoors, Emily was proud of summiting Mt. Rainier and enjoyed her work for environmental causes. In addition, Emily was dedicated to women's causes and felt strongly about promoting the dignity of everyone. Emily was a talented artist who created jewelry and paintings as long as she was able. She was an active volunteer with the National MS Society, Greater Northwest Chapter. Everyone who knew Emily was astounded by her courage, calling her brave and fearless. She met every change in her condition as a challenge, not a defeat. Emily had a wonderful sense of humor and was able to laugh at herself and her condition. Despite being dependent on others, Emily remained fiercely independent to the end. Throughout her struggles, Emily never lost her dignity, her sense of humor, her artistic aesthetic, or her love of nature and people. In addition to her immediate family, Emily is survived by her aunts, uncles, cousins, many friends, and her devoted and loving caregivers.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2015.