1954 - 2017
Emi Jo Schmidt "Emi Canyn Mars" died while at her residence in Lacey, Washington on February 25, 2017 at the young age of 62. Emi is survived by her siblings Barbara Reines (Johnny), Kenneth Schmidt (Monique), H. Douglas Schmidt (Janet), Rob Schmidt (Dee), Jeri Ovechka (Ron), and Jon Schmidt (Dawn). She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Eleanor Schmidt, and her sister Joan McMahan. Emi was born on December 5, 1954 in Tacoma, Washington to Floyd and Eleanor Schmidt. She graduated from Mount Tahoma High School in 1973. Emi had a love of animals. She had many four-footed friends throughout her life, most recently two puppies, Kujo and Gizmo. Emi was an accomplished performer, singer, and song writer. After moving to California in the late 1970's, Emi continued pursuing her passion. She sang lead vocals in several bands including Canon, She Roc, and Alice N Thunderland. Emi also toured with Motley Crue, singing backup vocals. Emi loved her family, and was passionate about blessing others' lives. Emi was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She will be remembered as a kind, talented, and loving daughter of God, who embraced the beauty of the world around her. A memorial is scheduled for April 15, 2017 at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12407 Military Rd E, Puyallup WA 98374. Family and friends are welcome to attend and celebrate Emi's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County at 2608 Center St, Tacoma WA 98409 www.thehumanesociety.org. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support.
Published by News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 25, 2017.
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12407 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA
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I knew her from 87-92 88 was an important year I was just getting into performing and learning the guitar. She always kept me going when things weren't going well, she always told me you can do it . Sending me post cards from around the world writing me when she could. One time and this really allowed me to chase my dreams and it came very close. I was having a hard time getting my foot in the door she got everyone in the crue to make me a care package signed this picks drumsticks ect. And I think because if emi and mick I got to live my dream being in a touring band for a couple of years. God bless emi I miss you

David Dinsmore
June 10, 2020
A beautiful person,who touched many lives,her fans,friends and family.I only met her once,through her nephew John.She was exceedingly kind and sweet.She had a effervescent,bubbly personality,and charisma.A beautiful voice,has left us,for a better venue,heaven was missing a angel,and Emi is home.God bless her and her family,friends,and all,whose lives,she touched
Al Pelczynski
October 30, 2019
im so sorry emi for your sudden passing you are so pretty, and i know you in heaven with your sister and parents, and your many animals you love and you with them now, i just hope your family took your new baby puppies kujo and gizmo... hope they are ok and you watching from heaven...
August 25, 2017
My dear Emi, may you be pain free and be happy. I will always know that you are my angel. R.I.P
MY dear Emi! Condolences to your family #7.
Love Kathy
August 10, 2017
I am so sad to learn of Emi Jo's passing. My deepest condolences to her family. We knew each other from Gray Junior High, sang in choir together at Mt. Tahoma High. It was she that got me interested again in singing. Emi was a joy to be around. I missed her for many years, but finally got in contact with her again. The choirs of heaven have her beautiful voice. RIP Emi Jo.
Jay Hammer
July 5, 2017
So sad to hear, Blessings to family and friends of Emi.
I knew her from working with Motley Crue, What a loss of such a beautiful person. Sing with the angels Emi.
Lisa Schulze
May 17, 2017
I am shocked & very saddened by this horrible news. May Emi sing with the angels. R.I.P. My condolences to her family. Emi was a gorgeous lady. And I remember her from the Motley Crue videos. Especially, Wild Side. God Bless!
Regina McCoy
May 10, 2017
My condolences to the family and friends of Emi. I dont know the family but have been a long time M.Crue fan. I feel since she was a part of the M. Crue family when performing in the band Emi was a part of my life growing up. Rip Emi
C.J. Silva
May 9, 2017
In gods care x
May 9, 2017
You are singing with the angels now babygurl.....God Bless.....
Blair Lynn
May 9, 2017
Julia Smith
May 8, 2017
Rest in peace Emi. My sympathies to her family,she was a beautiful lady inside and out.
Jennifer Jimenez
May 8, 2017
May 8, 2017
Anki Karlsson
May 8, 2017
So sad to hear the news. Condolences
Gordon Gebert
May 7, 2017
To a very special person. I have some great memories of us growing up.Starting with the Mall,Then off to PT Defiance and ( seeing Romero ) only you would know that name. So many more . RIP
Mona Miller your friend always.
April 27, 2017
Emi Jo, you were one of the Best Friends I ever had growing up. So many memories of you and I. You were always a special angel here on earth and now you are an angel in Heaven. I always felt safe when i was with you. Now that you have your wings, you can sing forever with the angels up there. I love you more then you will ever know. Thank you for always watching over me when we were kids. We will see each other again someday and sing together with the angels. I love you Emi Jo
Terri Neslund
April 13, 2017
Charene Seaton McElroy
March 29, 2017
I was saddened to hear about Emi's passing. She was such a kind, thoughtful and delightful human being. She and I spent a lot of time together in my junior and senior year. It was through her, I was introduced to my late husband. We spent many Friday nights cruising 6th Avenue, which included Highland Hill parking lot and Herfy's and wherever our travels would go. She had an infectious laugh.one I will always remember. My husband and I were married in 1977 and Emi sang the Lord's Prayer. It was amazing. I can still see her twirling her hair too. After I was married and got on with my life and eventually having children, she pursued her singing career. Though we lost close contact, I would still receive an occasional letter or postcard, handwritten, in the mail from hersaying she was on tour, in some other part of the world. It was always special to receive those from her. My oldest son remembers the trip to Toys R Us in the limo. Just some memories I have of a special friend. An amazing person, gone too soon.
Rhonda Durham
March 27, 2017
R.I.P. Emi Jo!
March 26, 2017
Although Emi and I went to school together, we got to be friends when she was the lead singer in the band Canon. Canon was the house band at. Old City Jail in Tacoma. She was such a special person and so gifted. Rest in Peace sweet Angel.
Stephen Weaver
March 25, 2017
Emi was the lead vocalist in our group called Mestiso. I am pretty sure it was her first group singing Top 40 songs at the time. We used to practice at my parents house in Tacoma not far from where she lived with her parents. I went to Mount Tahoma High School with her. She had a beautiful voice and was a very good and sweet person. I had one heck of a crush on her at the time. God speed Emi, I'll never forget you.
Rick Neeley
March 25, 2017
I will always have a special place in my heart for Emi. We lived a block away from Emi and her family and went to school together and went to the same church. I have a lot of great memories of Emi and all the other kids in the old neighbourhood. We used to go watch her sing with her beautiful voice. Emi will be greatly missed, love you girl, RIP.
Tracy Tillman
March 25, 2017
A true beauty. Rest in peace Emi. Thanks for your friendship.
Don Vidovic
March 25, 2017
RIP Sweet angel
Beth Halverson
March 25, 2017
My sister Eileen and I (Beth Halverson) grew up a block away from Emi and her family. I have so many memories of her and I climbing the trees in her yard, riding bikes and chasing each other on the hill behind her home. I had the pleasure of hearing her beautiful voice at the "Back 40" many times. Although I hadn't seen her in years, the world has lost a beautiful angel. RIP sweet girl
Beth Halverson
March 25, 2017
I will miss Emi Jo. I planned on visiting her on my next planned trip to Seattle-Tacoma. She and I sang together at Mt. Tahoma Studio Choir and shared a love of music.
Pastor Michael Garrison
March 25, 2017
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