Emily Allen Bray Emily Allen Bray went to be with the Lord on December 31, 2009. Emily was born in Fairfield, CA, in July 1964 to William and Evelyn Allen. She married John Bray in January 1993. The Bray's with their son, Sean, made Culpeper, VA, their home in August 2000.

Emily was a gifted writer, poetess and orator and delighted all who knew her with the sharpest of wit and the kindest of words. She was a consummate student of life always questioning and searching for answers. She challenged her family, friends and co-workers to look for a deeper meaning in all aspects of their lives.

Emily described herself as Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister and Friend. She loved her son and husband so fervently and fought one of the most courageous battles against cancer, just so she could have more time with them. She was not geographically close to her parents and siblings, but she embraced them with conversation to keep them close to her heart always. She was humbled by the support of her friends, not fully realizing what a special friend she was to them.

Emily's fight was physically arduous, but she was not deterred from keeping the hope of winning the battle and she will always be admired for this determination and courage.

Emily is survived by her husband John, son Sean, parents Bill & Lyn Allen, brother Matthew Allen (wife Jeanie), sister Ruth Aluli (husband Kimo), nephews Derek Remley, Max Allen, Ikaika Aluli, Koa Aluli, niece Maikalani Aluli and her constant companion and guardian, Boss, her golden Labrador. Emily is predeceased by her brother Russell Allen.

A joyous celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday January 6, 2010 at the Culpeper Presbyterian Church at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations to the Susan J. Komen Foundation.

This obituary was originally published in the Culpeper StarExponent.
Published by The Culpeper StarExponent from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2010.
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RIP Emily...you were a wonderful person who continually holds special thoughts in my mind as a brilliant, kind, warm and witty woman. God Bless "your boys" and may they carry your legacy on.
Kimberly Ruzich
July 5, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jennifer Ferguson Kutzner
January 14, 2010
Get out the sunflowers! I remember your "Why" Emily. Your family meant the world to you, and you have been such an inspiration to me. Rest, dear warrior. The arms of the Lord are around you. Your spirit lives on.
Prayers to your family and friends.
AnneMarie Chemi
January 5, 2010
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Susan Dodson
January 5, 2010
Good bye, Emily. I know you fought long and hard to stay with your family. I was lucky to know you.
Lee Sailer
January 5, 2010
Emily was a special person with such a great gift for connecting with those around her. I will miss her very much. Wishing peace and strength to John and Sean.
Melanie Domres
January 5, 2010
I can't believe to have lost such a wonderful colleague and friend in such a short notice. Although I know she is in peace now, it hurts to realize that I will never hear her sweet voice again.
I wish her husband, son and family all the required strength to live on without her warm and positive presence.
Jan Lagrand
January 5, 2010
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