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DAVIDSON, Emily Nicole

Emily Nicole Davidson, age 31, died peacefully on Thursday June 11, 2015 in the presence of her mother, father and brother.

Born in Whitehorse, Emily attended Dorothea Walker and Kelowna Secondary School, before completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Simon Fraser University and the Secondary Teacher Education Program in science and math at UBC Okanagan. She was employed as a teacher by School District 23.

Emily was keenly interested in ecology and loved the outdoors. She was passionate about building her students’ enthusiasm for science.

Emily is very much missed by her family and friends. A remarkable young woman, strong, intelligent and witty, she brought much joy. Emily also cared deeply about others, especially the socially excluded and marginalized. She was a dedicated volunteer at the Kelowna Food Bank and the Gospel Mission.

Emily is survived by her brother, Chris, and parents, Alan and Rhonda Davidson.

Memorial donations may be sent to Central Okanagan Bursary Scholarship Society (cheque payable to COBSS), #316-3001 Tutt Street, Kelowna, V1Y 2H4, “In memory of Emily Davidson”. The award is to assist Central Okanagan students, particularly girls, who are enthusiastic about science. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

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Central Okanagan Bursary Scholarship Society (cheque payable to COBSS), #316-3001 Tutt Street, Kelowna, V1Y 2H4, “In memory of Emily Davidson”




  • Linda and Rory Gilmour says:

    Dear Davidson Family: We are at a loss of words, and don’t know what to say to you to help you feel better. We’re praying for you to have peace and strength at this time. You have our deepest sympathies. Linda and Rory Gilmour

  • Eleanor James says:

    Dear Alan and family….my heart goes out to you on the loss of your precious daughter, Emily. Although it has been many years since we worked together at OUC, I wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Take good care….Eleanor James

  • Carol McFadyen says:

    Dear Alan and Rhonda – I am deeply sorry for your loss. Nothing can compare to losing a child, and my heart goes out to you both and to Chris. May you find peace in your memories, and strength in knowing that Emily is now at rest. Fondly, Carol.

  • Patti & Sam DiMaria says:

    Dear Rhonda & family
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful Emily. There is no deeper pain than losing a child. May she have found peace in her new life & may you all find peace in your wonderful memories of her.
    With Love & Compassion
    Patti & Sam DiMaria

  • Karen Springer says:

    Dear Rhonda and Family,
    Although I didn’t know Emily, I can only imagine how lovely she was with Rhonda as her mom. May you find comfort in the memories you have with Emily. Please know that you are in my thoughts.
    Thinking of you,
    Karen Springer (White – Anne Jennings’ student teacher at AME)

  • Kristi says:

    Dear Davidson Family,
    On behalf of Dr. Knox Staff, we want to express our condolences on your loss. We had the pleasure of having Emily on staff for one year and she became part of our family. She was a hard worker, as once done at school, she would then go and work a second job at Denny’s! Most importantly she made several connections with her students, and always had a bright smile for everyone. She will be deeply missed.

  • Tyler Scott says:

    Dear Davidson family,
    I have the upmost compassion for you during this difficult time. Emily is a incredibly loving spirit that the world was blessed to know. May she always love,guide and protect your family being your Angel in times of need.
    love to you all on your journey.


  • Sue Noble says:

    Rhonda, so very to hear the news about the loss of your daughter Emily. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss.

  • Linda Trepanier says:

    Dear Davidson Family: I have dedicated my apiary to Emily because she owns a piece of my heart and I will never forget her. Emily was a brilliant woman, a gifted and highly enthusiastic science teacher and student ofthe natural world.I treasure the time that I spent with Emily.

  • Marni Richardson says:

    Rhinda and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Marni and Mike Richardson

  • Misty & Mondy says:

    Dear Rhonda and family,

    We were saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter/sister far, far to early in life. May the memories you created with Emily, the way she lived and all that she gave to you give you comfort and strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.

    With deepest condolences,
    Misty Smith and Mondy Challmie

  • Ken Woodward says:

    Dear Rhonda and family,

    I’m very, very sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that my thoughts are with you and that you have my deepest sympathies.

    Take care,


  • Ghislaine MacBride says:

    Dear Rhonda, Al &Chris,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. We will remember Emily as a happy, cheerful, and wonderful student. It was a pleasure to have had the privilege of having her in our classes at Dorothea Walker. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
    Tania Korby and Ghislaine MacBride

  • Marilyn Brinton says:

    Dear Rhonda and Family
    There are no words to describe the pain of losing a child. My heart goes out to you and your family during this very sad time. I want you to know you are in my thoughts.
    Marilyn Brinton (Guidi)

  • Linnea Kelliher says:

    Dear Davidson Family,
    Emily was a student teacher in my classes at RSS. She was always cheerful and was extremely passionate about the science and biology classes and her career choice. She was a very hard-working teacher. My thoughts are with your family.
    Linnea Kelliher

  • Sandra Creightney says:

    Dear Rhonda and family,
    We are both so saddened to hear of your tremendous loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and please accept our condolences.
    Sandra Creightney and Mike Murphy

  • John Mutter says:

    Dear Davidson Family:

    I was Emily’s UBC Okanagan Faculty Advisor when she did her Practicum at Rutland Senior.

    Emily was dedicated to making a difference in the lives of her students, and she did. She was passionate about learning and shared her passion with all of her students. A little bit of Emily will live on I all of the students whose lives she touched.

    John and Cathie Mutter

  • Carmelle Guidi-Swan says:

    Dear Rhonda and Family,
    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and that you have by deepest sympathy.
    Sending you strength,

  • Barb and Erik Danielsen says:

    Dear Rhonda,

    Erik and I were so saddened to hear of Emily’s passing. Our hearts go out to you and your family, and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Barb and Erik Danielsen

  • Lori Lafrance says:

    Dear Rhonda,
    I am profoundly sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and may the many warm memories of the time you had with Emily, bring you and your family some comfort during this unimaginably difficult time.

    Lori Lafrance

    “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller –

  • Cathy shorter says:

    To the Davidson family. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Emily! I worked with her a few times at MBSS and her knowledge and passion for teaching was evident. Take care!!
    Cathy Shorter

  • Yvonne Cowan says:

    Dear Davidson Family
    I am very saddened to learn of Emily’s passing. Emily worked with me at RSS while she was a teacher candidate. Emily worked very hard to bring science to life for her students; she had a positive impact on many. Please accept my heart felt condolescences to Emily’s family and friends. Yvonne Cowan

  • David Gillam says:

    Dear Alan,Rhonda,and Chris,
    We were so sorry to hear of Emily’s passing.She was the nicest girl with the kindest smile.Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave,Terese,Kaelyn,and Cassie

  • Deb Matheson says:

    Alan, Rhonda and Chris, I am so very, very sorry to hear the news of Emily’s passing.

    Heart felt condolences to all of you.

  • Marguerite Bilyk says:

    Dear Rhonda, Allan and Chris
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Emily. My heart aches to think of the pain you are going through. She was a beautiful girl whose presence will live on in you and all the people she touched. My thoughts are with you at this time.

  • Keith & Bobbi Baker says:

    Alan & Rhonda, we were shocked and saddened to read of your loss of Emily. I cannot imagine how it would feel to lose one’s child. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Chris at this difficult time. Love and hugs, Bobbi & Keith

  • Tracy says:

    Dear Davidson family,
    I was a friend of Emily’s as we went through our Teacher Education Program at UBCO. We taught together for a short time at GMS as well. Emily always had kind words and the nicest smile for everyone. She loved teaching and was passionate about science. She will be truly missed, my thoughts are with her family.

  • Adrienne says:

    My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. I had the pleasure of working with Emily at Sylvan as well as doing the education program with her. I was alwaus amazed by her incredible work ethic and passion for science. She will be missed.

  • Kathleen says:

    Dear Davidson family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Emily’s passing. During our time in the teaching program I was struck by Emily’s dedication to her work and to her students. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Bill & Pauline Fleming says:

    Dear Rhonda and Family

    Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of you when we learned that Emily has passed away. At this time, words can only skim the surface at the loss of your daughter, but we wanted you to know that we are very sorry for this difficult time in your lives.

    God Bless…Bill & Pauline

  • Dianne McNair says:

    What a remarkable and caring human being. I am sorry that such a gem should be lost so young to this world.
    Alan, Rhonda and Chris- May your broken hearts be soothed with the knowledge that Emily was an amazing woman and all of these condolences are testaments to that fact. Be proud that she was able to change the world in such a positive way.
    With affection,

  • Wes and Gail Chan says:

    Dear Davidson Family,
    We are thinking of all of you during this sad and difficult time. May your fond memories of Emily bring you comfort as you face these coming days. Love and blessings to all of you. Wes and Gail Chan

  • France Grenier says:

    Josiane and I just found out about the passing of Emily and are deeply sadden. I remember Emily from grade one as a beautiful, bright, kind and caring little girl. Josiane has many good and fun memories of Emily going to school together. Our thought are with you.
    – “A luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has passed”
    France and Josie

  • Kate and the Markowsky family says:

    Dear Rhonda, Alan and Chris. We were so sad to hear about the loss of Emily, such a special friend. My family and I are sending you much love during this difficult time. Emily was a dear friend that I will always remember having so many fun times with. We will never forget Emily and the love and joy she brought to the people around her. Love Kate Johnson, Carol Markowsky and Alex Masse

  • Sam and JoAnn Sheps says:

    Dear Alan and Rhonda, JoAnn and I were very sad to hear about the death of your daughter Emily, It is terrible thing for parents to lose a child and we share your grief,. We hope there is some solace in the vibrant life she had and though now clouded, we trust your memories of her will brighten and give you comfort as time passes and you will be able to to seek the strength to bear the sadness within your love for each other.

  • Storm Fisher says:

    Dear Davidson Family.

    Emily Davidson was one of my teachers at Glenrosa Middle School. She truly was one of the most passionate teachers there. I am so deeply saddend by her passing not only because she was such a caring individual but also because of the way she impacted my life for the better. My thoughts are with her family.

  • Lynda (Weigand) Adams says:

    Dear Alan & Rhonda. I am so sorry to hear about Emily. I cannot imagine your loss but just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you. I know that we haven’t been in touch for years but I have tried to keep up with friends as to what you have been up to. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Katherine Bergen says:

    Dear Davidson family,
    I just heard the news of Emily’s passing yesterday, from my son Ben. Ben dated Emily several years ago and I had the pleasure of getting to know her and spend time with her. She was an extraordinary young lady in every way. As beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Our family is all very saddened with your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Losing a child would be the hugest heartache any parent would ever have to endure. I hope you find comfort in the fact that she was precious beyond words and so loved by everyone.

  • Paul Hearnden says:

    Dear Davidson Family, I just found out about Emily’s passing. I worked with her years ago where we became friends and attended school with her at OUC. She was a beautiful and wonderful person. I hadn’t seen her in several years but her loss is devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with you and with her.

  • Lindsey Schroeder says:

    Dear Davidson family,
    I want to let you know how much Emily influenced me. She was a one of the most positive, dedicated people I knew. I think of her often. She won’t be forgotten. Her passion for teaching was obvious and she impacted many students, and teachers alike. My heart goes out to you this weekend.

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