Emily Cook Dyches (affectionately known simply as “Em”) of Salem, Utah, our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend passed on from this earthly existence on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Emily led an exemplary life full of joy and meekness which began in Moroni, Utah just over 39 years ago. She was joyfully welcomed into this world in October of 1976 by her proud parents, Lynn and Nora Cook.
As the oldest daughter, her older brother and younger sisters remember her as sweet, loving, soft-hearted, talented, and considerate. Emily had a sharp memory and would playfully retell stories to the delight and dismay of her family. In high school she was charismatic, kind, and adored by all of her peers. At North Sanpete High, Emily participated in drill, softball, choir, and seminary. As a young adult, she attended and graduated from Snow College where she met many close and cherished friends. She later transferred to BYU, where she fittingly graduated in Elementary Education. This allowed her to combine two of her lifelong passions — children and education. Emily shared this passion with many young children as she taught school for six fulfilling years at Challenger Schools.
As a teen and young adult she excelled as a gifted pianist. She has since shared that talent with many others through teaching piano lessons and willingly playing any time someone needed an accompanist. We will most assuredly miss her impromptu recitals, turned family sing-alongs, in our family room. We cherish those memories which we will continue to hold so dear. The kids and Eric especially loved when Em would passionately pound out Journey’s classic — Don’t Stop Believin’.
Towards the end of her time at BYU, Em married Eric Dyches, her childhood and high school sweetheart. Married for over 17 years, their romance started as young love between two innocent children in the third grade. Theirs is a love story for the ages which was sealed for time and all eternity in the beautiful Manti Temple on October 30, 1998. Eric adored Emily and the two were seldom apart. She is his everything, and he cherishes the fact that he was the one she chose as a companion. It was his honor and privilege to adore and protect her during her time on earth. He draws faith and confidence in the power of Divinity, which will allow that same adoration and protection to continue after this life. Em’s training in the home by her own wonderful and devoted mother prepared her to be an affectionate and compassionate mother to five amazing children. Em’s attributes of kindness, patience and meekness can be seen in the lives of her children. She was deliberate about teaching her children not only practical life lessons, but more importantly eternal lessons, centered on how one can progressively become more like the Savior in word and deed. She never shied from sharing her testimony with her children. Her beautiful children, and their lives, will prove to be her most treasured legacy.
As an adult, Emily never stopped learning. She became a passionate photographer who recorded life with a creative and artistic eye. Her work as a children’s portrait photographer is inspirational and timeless. Her favorite sessions were of her own children, her nieces and nephews and children of her closest friends.
Emily loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, very much. This was evident in everything she did. The family draws great comfort in knowing hers was a life well lived. She exemplified the attributes and teachings of the Master. She carried herself with grace and compassion, willingly serving and loving those around her. One of her greatest attributes was her commitment to limit her own unrighteous judgment for those around her.
Emily is survived by her eternal sweetheart, Eric, and their five precious children: Jace Eric (15), Addison Emily (12), Kolby Karl (9), Macie Jane (6), and Trey Hudson (11 mos.). Emily is also survived by parents, Lynn and Nora Blackham Cook; siblings: Chris Cook (Christy), Maria Slade (Joel), Becca Anderson (Ben), and Megan Johnson (Ray); as well as many other supportive and loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Emily will never be forgotten as a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend.
A celebration and remembrance of Emily’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Salem Utah Stake Center, 470 E. Salem Canal Road, Salem, Utah. The services will begin at 12 p.m. Family and friends may visit Tuesday evening, March 1, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah; and on Wednesday morning at the Salem Stake Center from 10–11:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a Gofundme account has been set up on behalf of the Dyches family at https://www.gofundme.com/ukr92pdw. A portion of those funds will be used to fund the "Emily Cook Dyches Memorial Scholarship" at Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com.