Emily “Emmy” Christine Kramer, age 19 of Rich Fountain, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020, at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis cradled in the loving arms of her mother and surrounded by her brother, sisters, her father and her brother in law.
Emmy was born May 24, 2001, in Jefferson City, a daughter to Mary Peters Kramer of Rich Fountain, and Dale “Dolly” Kramer of Westphalia.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rich Fountain MO.
Emmy suffered immeasurable, life threatening health burdens from birth which continued throughout her entire fragile life. There was no hope given for Emmy to survive to age two but she was 19…her doctors are absolutely in awe of this. She was airlifted 17 times, ambulance transported approximately 50 times, was cared for by vast team of 14 different specialty physicians and spent 1400 days of her life inpatient at St. Louis Children’s Hospital which was a second “home town’ to her. Despite all of that, Emmy lived such a joyful life and taught us to do the same. Though she dreamed big, she was always able to find happiness in the smallest moments of the day. Emmy was strong, determined, extremely empathetic, joyful, witty, compassionate and loved the people in her life fiercely. No matter how hard the struggle, Emmy steadfastly worked to achieve milestones. Her big personality drew people in and made anyone with her for any amount of time stand in awe at how hard she fought to live life as much on her terms as possible but always with a smile on her face. Her unbelievable life achievements are too numerous to list but include learning to crawl at age 3½, walking at age 5, and graduating from Fatima High School in 2020. Emmy enjoyed playing cards and board games, singing, watching the Food Network, going for Starbucks runs, chocolate chip mini muffins, and above all else McDonald’s sweet tea. She had a very special friendship with her nephew Couper and they had the most fun together always. He was a best friend to her and would do absolutely any little thing to make her life better. Emmy’s family dedicated themselves not only to her care but to making sure she had comfort and happiness in her life so that she could continue to move forward despite her burdens. She was loved beyond measure and became the cornerstone of her family teaching them all the most important lessons of life. Emmy brought a kind of joy that could not be felt without her presence. She was an incredible human being and the story of her journey will always be an inspiration to the world.
In addition to her parents, Emmy is survived by: one brother, Phillip Kramer of Westphalia; three sisters, Mallory (Kyle Schellman) Kramer of Westphalia, Mackenzie Brune and her husband Christian of Freeburg, and Sydney Kramer of Rich Fountain; one nephew, Couper Bryant; two nieces, AnnMarie and Zadie Schellman; as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins, and numerous friends.
Emmy was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Robert “Bob” and Gertrude Peters, and her paternal grandparents, Harry Kramer and Virginia Kramer.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rich Fountain. A prayer & memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rich Fountain. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the “Emmy Kramer Memorial Fund” in care of Mid America Bank, Linn MO or can be mailed to 260 Co Rd 612, Freeburg, MO 65035