Karen "Kaya" Emmons

Birth Date: Dec. 14, 1946

Death Date: Mar. 12, 2013

Kaya (Karen) L. Howard Emmons, 66, of Biddeford died Tuesday morning, March, 12, 2012 of natural causes at her home. She was born in Springfield, MA on December 14, 1946 the daughter of S. Dwight & Phyllis Angier Howard.

On February 12, 1989 she married Douglas W. Emmons in Biddeford.

Kaya grew up in Gorham, ME attending local schools and graduating from Gorham High School with the class of 1964. She then attended and received an associates degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont. After college she workied in Boston, MA for Jordan Marsh merchandising. She traveled cross country and landed in Texas. When she returned to Maine she worked as a waitress and then employed by Southern Maine Medical Center for the past 22 years.

Every summer was spent at Bay View beach in Saco at Bay View Camps and Lodge as a child growing up and later working there in the family business. Over the past years Kaya had become quite the artist enjoying her rock paintings. Her love of the area was obvious in her many paintings of the ocean. Kaya was always one for a good joke. She always had one ready to share. She loved to laugh and have fun. Her friends and family time was always special to her. She has touched many lives and will be missed by everyone. Kaya also was a great fan of yard sales and loved the challenge of finding just the right thing for a bargain.

Predeceasing her were her parents, her sister Joanne Lavigne and her brothers Bruce and Billy Howard.

Surviving are:

Her husband of 24 years and her daughter Holly Emmons both of Biddeford

A sister, Barbara Gould & her husband Bob of Gorham

Her brothers & sisters-in-law, David & Carol Emmons of Western Springs, IL, Joann Howard of Portland, ME & Albert Lavigne of Waterboro, ME. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews.

An open house to celerate her life will be held at her home at 8 Emmons Place in Biddeford, ME on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford, ME 04005. To share condolences online please visit www.HopeMemorial.com.



Mariah Howard
Dear Doug, Holly and Barb,

I'm so sorry and sad for your and our loss. This past year has not been a easy one to say the least. With that said, we can take joy in knowing that there was an enormous love in our family that can never be taken away... not even with death. My heart is with you all right now, and with Kaya, JoJo and My dad forever.

Love, rye

I worked with Kaya at the Press Room restaurant back in the late 70's. She was one of a kind. I am sorry for your loss.


Richard Johnson
To Doug, Holly, Barbara and family...... I was truly shocked and very saddened to hear of Kaya's passing. My deepest condolences go to you all. She was a wonderful & remarkable woman, and a great friend as well. I will always cherish the 50+ years of memories and time spent with her. Truly a great loss for anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. I will miss her very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad & difficult time.


Gary and Nancy Coffin
To Kaya's family - we are so sorry to learn of Kaya's passing. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May your special memories of her help ease your sorrow....

Susan Patterson
Dear Doug and Holly, Our family is one soul emptier today, but her spirit lives on. I shall miss her laugh, her smile, her stories, our far too infrequent but wonderful talks, and just knowing my cousin Karen was an email away. A part of her is here in my house - a beautiful rock with a lighthhouse and the ocean scene painted on it. . I see it everyday holding our bedroom door open. What a nice living memory of all the many years we spent together at Bay View and family gatherings. I loved her as a sister and I'm grateful for all the times I shared with her. Our deepest sympathies to you both. Susan and Paul

Mary Bess Donovan
Kaya was a wonderful lady, I enjoyed my time at SMMC working with her. She was a bright day of sunshine. I still have a painted rock she made me. It's sits in front of me at my desk. My prayers to Kaya and her family. God Bless

Adrienne Zaccai
It was always great running into Kaya at SMMC. Always a smile, a hello, some chit chat. She will be missed by all who knew her. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

Rosie Skidgel
Doug and Holly, I was shocked and saddened by the news. My husband Bob and I had the pleasure of dancing with you and Kaya for a few years with Sokokis Squares. We often saw Kaya at SMMC and she always greeted us warmly and with genuine great affection! She will be missed by so many, So sorry for you loss, prayers and thoughts are with you both and your family.

Grace Bennett
My deepest sympathy to Doug and Holly. Kaya was a co-worker who always had a smile for everyone. She never hesitated to go "above and beyond" to help a patient. We will all miss her at SMMC.

Michelle Boisjoly
Phil & I knew her as Kaya & Karen, she always had a ready smile and always was happy to see us and made us feel good. Our sympathy for your loss

Steve Hennessey
Kaya was a true embassador of goodwill to all who had the good fortune to know her! Working with her was a joy, actually it was hilarious! She will be greatly missed! I hope St. Peter knows what he is in for?

Holly Emmons
My mom was the most beautiful, amazing person I've ever known. She had the ability to light up a room just by being there. She was kind to everyone, and always had something nice to say. Without her my world is darker and colder, but I know eventually there will be brightness again and it will be brighter than ever because she will be apart of it forever. The night before she passed she had a moment of clarity and said, "I'll always be with you." I know this is true, and I wouldn't want it any other way. I'm happy that she went in her sleep, and that she knew how loved she was, not just my my father and me, but by all the lives she had touched as well.

Cathie Mulville
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Kaya was a lovely lady and I will truly miss her.

Rachel casavant
Kaya would call me often in the Patinet Accounts dept reg our Patient. Kaya was a joy to work with. what a great loss for SMMC, my deepest smypathy to Doug, Holly, and family.

Andrea Perrone
Very saddened to hear about Kaya, I have worked with her for the past 3 years and she was a very sweet person. My prayers go out to her family, she will be missed.

Debbie & Luke Godbout
Doug and Holly...I am saddened to hear of Kaya's passing. It was a shock to us. I have worked and socialized with her and she always cracked me up with her jokes!!!! I also have a painted rock that she gave me at our Thanksgiving dinner. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both..I can't be there on Saturday because I am in Colorado visiting my daughter.....wish so much I could be there.....We are both here and ready to help you any time you need us. Sincere condolences.

Debbie Fenderson
Doug & Holly, I am so sorry for your loss, she was a special lady and truely a bright spot here at SMMC she will be missed.

Carmen Gagnon
To family and friends of Kaya:
I met Kaya about 3 years ago when I was hired to work in the Admitting/Patient Accounts department at SMMC. Kaya was always pleasant and treated instantly as if I had been working with her for years
She will be missed. Prayers for all

Sandy Miller
I miss seeing you in the hallways... Your smile and your laugh.. Truly a loss..

Joanne Landry
I have know Kaya for all of the 22 years she worked at SMMC....and have enjoyed many many many of her never ending jokes. Kaya, I will always remember your very positive attitude about life and your very funny disposition, you will be missed. A few years back you gave me one of your painted rocks, I was pleased then to have received it then and am even more happy to have it now as an eternal rememberance of you.... RIP my friend, you will be remembered and missed.

Lynda Blunt
Kaya was one of the nicest, friendliest & genuine people I have ever met. When I first began at SMMC (Safety Dept.) Kaya was a Safety Rep. for Admitting/Communications and I got to see her at our monthly meetings. We always had fun conversations about music or theater. Kaya's warm and welcoming smile will be sadly missed by many! I am so, so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Lynda Blunt, Safety Department SMMC

Kathleen Donnellon Dziadzio
To the family of my dear friend Kaya;
I am saddened by your loss, every time I saw Kaya, we laughed, she was a bright spot in my life.

Cheryl Gerrish
Hi Doug & Holly,
I worked with Kaya and she was a special friend that I will cherish forerver. Kaya would do anything for anyone and was very special to a lot of people. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Denise Rogers
A long time friend, who will be sorely missed by many..

Pat Walsh
Dear Doug and Holly - I am so sorry to learn of Kaya's passing. She was very special to me and was one of my favorite people. I always enjoyed being around her and will miss her deeply.

Todd Zahares
Doug and Holly I am so sorry for your loss. Kaya always had a smile on her face and will be sorely missed.


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