Rich, Emily Carroll

September 7, 1959 - September 24, 2017

Emily Carroll Rich, of Frisco, Texas, passed away on September 24, 2017 at the age of 58. She was born on September 7, 1959 in Denton, Texas to Carroll Young Rich and Betty Bowen Rich. Emily grew up in Denton, Texas, and was a graduate of Denton High School. After earning her Bachelor’s degree at North Texas State University in Denton, with a double major in Journalism and English, she taught both subjects at Clark High School in Plano, Texas. At Clark, she was named New Teacher of the Year and was a nominee for the Perot Award for Excellence in Education. After teaching, she took a one-year assignment at the Dallas Morning News as program coordinator for education and literacy. During that year, she won the INPA Stars of the South Award for Learn to Read with the Dallas Morning News. For the majority of her career, she worked at EDS in Plano, Texas, in a variety of marketing communication roles. A gifted writer and creative thinker, she achieved recognition such as the IABC Gold, Silver, and Bronze Quill awards for her work on EDS’ Year 2000 campaign, annual report, and United Way communications.

Emily was an animal lover and delighted in her pets, which over the years included cats Calico, Buddy, and Katy, and dogs Daisy and Lily. Emily had a brilliant mind and a wonderful sense of humor. She was also a talented artist and enjoyed calligraphy, jewelry making, needlepoint, and stained glass. With a keen interest in medicine, she read extensively about a variety of medical topics. She was an excellent cook, collected cloisonné eggs, and loved the color blue.

Over the years Emily had a number of serious health issues, and one of her passions became reaching out to others who were dealing with similar health challenges. Her knowledge, compassion, and encouragement were a comfort to many.

She is preceded in death by her mother Betty Bowen Rich of Denton, Texas, and her grandparents Nan Hart Bowen and Leon O. Bowen of Cleburne, Texas, and Alice Lyons Rich and Douglas Rich of Arcadia, Louisiana. Emily is survived by her father, Carroll Rich of Denton, sister Ann Bacon of Plano, nephew Michael Bacon of Plano, extended family, and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation or to the SPCA of Texas.

A private family interment will take place later this year in Cleburne, Texas.


Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252

12 replies on “Rich, Emily Carroll”

John Lee says:

We came to Denton before you were born. I have known you your entire life and was pleased that we reconnected as adults through the world of social media. We spoke on our birthdays, mine just days before you passed. You considered me your brother and I accepted that role. Rest now, Love, John

Debra Cates says:

My prays are going up for the family and friends of Emily……She is one of Our Angles now and looking down on us….”….

Dan Rich says:

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Emily at EDS and enjoyed her wit and charm. She will be missed!

Laura Griffin says:

Carroll and Ann and the rest of Emily’s family are in my thoughts and in my heart. Emily was a beautiful, kind and generous soul who always went out of her way to say something sweet and helpful to others. The Rich family and household was always a place I enjoyed being growing up – as far back as fifth grade, and Emily was always nice to us friends of Ann’s. I’m glad our paths later crossed in journalism in college and that we kept up through the years on Facebook even though I moved out of state. It gave me a chance to get to know her better. I am heartbroken for her family but for all of us and the world as well. My sincere condolences to you, Carroll and Ann. Much love to you.

Robert Earley says:

I am so sorry. I fondly remember study groups in college with Emily at her parents beautiful home. If not for Emily and Jacque Lambiase, I would have never made it through college Latin and would have missed out on those conversations with the many Romans walking the streets of Denton. Sweet Emily. I have such fond memories.
Robert Earley

Marla Hunter Nunally says:

Very sorry to read about the loss of dear Emily. We had many hours of fun. Carroll and Ann I’m sending prayers and

Jennie Dunaway says:

I am shocked and saddened to learn of Emily’s passing. We had just started Chatting on Messenger about our Family link to Meningioma’s and she had great words of comfort, like her mother to share with me on the Subject. We were looking forward to meeting soon. Now, I will just have to wait for our Heavenly Reunion.
Love to Uncle Carroll and Cousin Ann. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Would love to hear from you.

Pam Palmer says:

It was a great pleasure to work with Emily at EDS. She was a very talented writer and such a sweet person. I last saw Emily this year at the Frisco Recreation Center where we caught up on our lives. She told me about her wonderful trip to Russia. I remember how much Emily enjoyed all her pets. We shared experiences about our cats. I am so sad to hear about her sudden death. Sincere sympathy to Ann and the rest of her family.

Nancy Readel says:

I first met Emily when we became cube mates at EDS in 1991. She never met a stranger and always had a smile for everyone! Her talents go far beyond her writing expertise. Our world is less bright without her. I treasure my wonderful and fun memories with her! She is so missed!

Reanee Spratt says:

Emily-your kindness has always touched so many. I think you were a genius and a goddess. Sending light and peace to your family. We will miss you.

Mary Jo Pickens says:

Don and I are so sorry to learn of Emily’s passing. Our family has many fond memories of her and Ann as children, growing up with Ken and Elizabeth, driving to preschool and celebrating birthdays. Our sympathies are with your family.

Mariana Aitches says:

I barely knew Emily, had just recently become friends with her on Facebook. But my heart goes out to her father, to you Carroll, as I do know how much you love and cherish your daughters. I’d love to hear from you, dear old friend.

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