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Geneva Community Mourns Emma Mebane, 19, at 11 AM Funeral Service at Sanctuary Church

Geneva High School 2010 graduate and ISU student Emma Mebane dies "suddenly but peacefully in her sleep."

The Geneva community is mourning the death of Emma Mebane, a 19-year-old who "died suddenly, but peacefully, in her sleep, on Friday, July 8," according the the Yurs Funeral Home obituary.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, July 14) at Sanctuary Church, 1S430 Wenmoth Road, Batavia, IL, with the Rev. Ben Poole officiating.

Emma was a 2010 graduate of Geneva Community High School who was studying graphic design at Illinois State University, "where she was about to enter her sophomore year and live in her very first apartment."

Emma also worked at Town House Books and Cafe in St. Charles, according to a Daily Herald article.  

She enjoyed "music, soccer, basketball, traveling and any time spent with her family and her beloved cat, Juice," read the poignant obituary crafted by family members.

"Emma is described by the hundreds of people whose lives she touched as always having a sunny smile and a kind and giving heart. She brightened rooms just by entering them, and she brightened the lives of others just by being in them. She will be truly missed every day of the rest of the lives of those who knew her.

"Emma packed a lot of experiences—ups and downs—into her life and often described her feelings through words to favorite songs. Her senior quote was from a John Mayer song, and it now serves to sum up her bright life, too quickly burned out.

"Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No, it won’t all go the way it should,
But I know the heart of life is good.

"Emma loved children and hoped to have a number of her own."

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Emma’s honor to the Northern Illinois Chapter of Newborns in Need at www.newbornsinneed.org.

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