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You are the only person who made me believe I actually had a voice. The angels will be filling Heaven with more beautiful music now that you are among them (or even taking the lead). What great fun we had learning those folk dances in music class at AJH. What talent you found in all of the Menard students when we were on the faculty together. What wonderful memories working in Little Theater with you.
Truly a rare talent has passed from us.

Posted by: Nancy Kennedy - Alexandria, LA - Student, Friend and Collegue   Jan 30, 2013

Emma, one of my dearest friends. We had wonderful moments and wonderful successes. It was such an honor to be a part of your life. Rest now dear friend. You will be missed, and we will always love you.

Posted by: Darlene Brooks - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   Jan 30, 2013

The Bottrell has you In our prayers.
Richard,Sandi,Rhonda,Kelly and Micheal

Posted by: Richard Bottrell - Friend   Jan 29, 2013

Though I did not know her well, I always admired her energy and her striving for quality in everything. Her contribution to Menard back in those days is widely and justly recognized.

Posted by: Jerry Touchton - Alexandria, LA - former fellow teacher at Menard   Jan 29, 2013

RaeBell, I am so saddened by this news. I send you my deepest sympathy and want you to know that I remember Emma Rae with fondness. She was a "Rock Star" to me when we were kids and I believe she stayed a star in everyway. May you be comforted by the love and support of your family and friends. Sincerely, Elizabeth Grigsby Reimer

Posted by: Elizabeth Grigsby Reimer - Alvin, TX - friend   Jan 28, 2013

Wow... you look back at life and realize who had the most influences on you!

Posted by: beth newcomb - Deville, LA - student   Jan 28, 2013

There are few friends, mentors, coaches and cheerleaders who have graced my life like Emma Rae. She was one of a kind and I can still hear that rich, deep laugh. She leaves a legacy of love and leadership for we were all better because of her. She inspired us, scared us, supported us and joined us in a life journey of appreciation of music, theater, and each other. Emma will be sorely missed, but my life is richer because of her. My deepest sympathy to Tom and Mitch and family.

Posted by: Vikki Scarafiotti - Scottsdale, AZ - Friend   Jan 28, 2013

There is hardly a High School memory without you in it! Your presence at Menard was larger than life. You taught us so much and pushed us to limits we didn't know existed. You will be missed Emma Rae!

Posted by: Terry Villemez - San Jose, CA - former student   Jan 27, 2013

EmmaRae could reveal the very best that you could be as a singer, a dancer, an actor, and as a person because she believed in you... you believed in yourself. This was quite an accomplishment when it involved many teenagers who had yet figured out who they were, much less what talents they possessed. To experience her as a teacher, a coach, and friend would help you throughout your life when you had to step up to the plate and

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Posted by: Stephanie Shores Supple - Lafayette, LA - former student & friend   Jan 26, 2013

Emma Rae was truly a great friend and fun person. She was the music director for the first musical that I was in , " Man of La Mancha " in 1970 . All the cast members of any Little Theatre or Menard High School musicals that Emma Rae directed worked doubly hard to make the show wonderful because she was at the helm. Emma Rae brought such flair and style to whatever she touched. Thank you Tom, Mitch and her family for sharing Emma Rae with me.

Posted by: Mike Marshall - Alexandria, LA - Friend   Jan 26, 2013