Emily Irene Sander was born Feb. 26, 1989 in Olathe, Kansas. As a young girl, Emily liked play acting, pretending to be different characters. Like the Kansas girl in L. Frank Baum’s series of Oz books, Emily easily made friends, even with total strangers. Tragically, this may have led to her end.
Emily was outgoing and liked to have fun. She bubbled with energy, and was well liked. Like Dorothy in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz who dreamed of going “somewhere over the rainbow,” Emily dreamed big dreams. She wanted to have a body piercing studio or become a music video director, Or both. And those were just a beginning, before she moved on to acting in and directing movies. Her enthusiasm, creative spirit and zeal for life were obvious.
While not as obvious, Emily also had a practical side. At age 17, she began attending community college to study business. During the day, she worked as a secretary to earn money. Her head may have been in the clouds, but her feet were on the ground. Even if they were dancing.
Emily was always close with her family and friends, and outgoing and friendly with new people. She loved hip-hop dancing, and saw life as a chance to have fun, and share that fun with others. She seemed to enjoy life the most when helping others enjoy life too.
To her friends, Emily will be remembered as a vivacious, friendly, lovable, creative girl with a bright mind and a ready smile who, like Dorothy, wasn’t afraid to dream big dreams.