Emily Cook Dyches

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 accompianist. 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.

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12 Memories

  1. Helen Llewellyn Elsey

    We were so sorry to hear of the death of your beautiful daughter, Lynn and Nora.
    It has been a long time since I have seen you but hold fond memories of all the Cooks. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love Helen

    L

  2. Judy and Morris Wright

    We didn’t know Emily, but our family in Moroni (aunt Jewell Bailey and family) do know and love her and Eric. We are heartbroken for all of you. Our oldest daughter fights clinical depression daily and we know how hard it is to deal with these mental illnesses. We send our love and prayers for each of you and will continue to pray for you. We know Heavenly Father will hold you all close and we pray you will all be blessed with peace and solace at this time of parting and sorrow.

  3. Mark

    Eric,

    I was heartbroken to hear of Emily’s passing. Having lost a spouse myself – when we were in the Kolob 4th ward –
    my heart goes out. May you be granted peace and may He hold you in the hollow of His hand.

  4. Rich Barton

    Eric,

    You are rock solid. Your faith and strength are a great example to all.
    I thought of you when I saw this quote:
    “Our Savior … knows our struggles, our heartaches, our temptations, and our suffering, for He willingly experienced them all as an essential part of His Atonement. And because of this, His Atonement empowers Him to succor us—to give us the strength to bear it all.”
    —Dallin H. Oaks
    Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me
    May God’s choicest blessings be upon you, your family, and loved ones in the days ahead.
    With much love.
    Rich Barton

  5. Bill and Cindy Bedford

    The entire Cook and Dyches families are in our hearts and prayers.
    What a beautiful tribute was written for such a wonderful woman!
    Em will be deeply missed by all the lives she so graciously touched.

    Our sincere condolences.

  6. Debbie Lund

    To the Dyches and Cook families…
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your families have been in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in your special memories of Emily…
    David and Debbie Lund and family <3

  7. Mary McKenzie

    To The Loving Family,

    My sincere condolences go out to all of you. I did not know Emily but it was very evident by what I read she was a wonderful person. Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort be with each of you and sustain you in the coming days and weeks.(2 Corinthians 1:3,4) MM

  8. Shelly (Vincent) Birtcher

    Dearest family members and friends of Emily,
    I am saddened at the loss of this lovely young woman. I knew Emily when she was on Drill Team with my daughter Sara. The places we traveled to and the many celebrations we shared, with these amazing dancers,was a joy I will always remember! The unity and strength of this team was an inspiration in itself! Emily was a very caring young woman and always very genuine with her team members! Sara always thought of Emily as a true friend. I also became friends with other Moms and family members of the team during this time. God best us all! Dear Nora, I have no words appropriate for you,as the Mother of this sweet young woman! I pray that all of the tears shed and prayers being said, on behalf of your family, will somehow touch your hearts and give you strength. Emily has a greater purpose now and is in God’s capable hands. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be with you all! Love,Shelly ( Vincent ) Birtcher

  9. Tiffani Eaton Judd

    As a student at Snow College, I got to know Emily through the LD Singers and through some other friends. I struggled with anxiety throughout my young adult years, and often felt inferior to other young women because of it. Emily had a way of putting me at ease with her. She was everything I wanted to be: smart, talented, beautiful, popular, and kind to everyone. She could have easily turned her back on people like me, but she didn’t. She was always kind to me and had a smile for me every time I saw her. I was so flattered when she suggested we room together for our first semester at BYU. Although I was not the most exciting person to be around because of the anxiety I was experiencing, she always had kind words for me, never judged, and included me whenever she could. I appreciated that so much. A few years ago we were both at the Walmart in Ephraim on Black Friday. She saw me first and made her way through the crowd to give me a hug and say hello. That was Emily. She loved people just as the Savior did and took the time to let them know it. She uplifted me and made me want to be a better person. I will always love her for that.

  10. Karen Christensen Hansen

    Dear Eric,

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and Emily are such kind people, she will greatly missed.
    Emily was always so kind and sweet to everyone, she had a smile that would light up any room.
    She was always such a sweet friend to me.

    Karen Christensen Hansen

  11. Newell and Zella Christensen

    To all the family, we are so sorry to hear about Emily. We know our Heavenly Father is there to try and comfort you and help you through these hard times. We will keep you in our prayers. We send our deepest sympathy.

  12. Shannon Swenson

    I didn’t know Emily very well. I only had the privilege of meeting her a couple of times, actually. She was very good friends with my very good friend, Janean. But she left a lasting impression on me after meeting her even just once. I knew immediately that she was a kind person with a good heart. Janean and her family talked about her then and about her now with upmost respect. Emily is a beautiful person inside and out.