Emily-Ann Donna GODBY

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our precious daughter, EMILY-ANN DONNA GODBY at the age of 29. June 19, 1993 – January 07, 2023.

Emily was predeceased by her Grandparents Eva Baker (formerly Godby), Mervin Lien and Lorraine Reine. She is survived by her parents Sherri-Ann Godby (Lien) and Gavin Godby. Her grandfather Ensley Godby, along with her siblings Jackson Godby, Clair Hinther ( Glen Mason) and Matthew Hinther (Annie). Her niece Ensleigh and nephews, Parker & Nolan. Along with many Uncles, Aunts and Cousins.

Emily was a very beautiful and talented young lady, with great ambition. Her writing skills were beyond exceptional. She loved writing stories as a child and as she grew older, her passion was poetry. Once in grade five she wrote a story and wanted to share it with her classmates. Her teacher proofread the story, then went to the office and told the principal about the story and how exceptional it was and asked that he come to listen to the story. The staff were so impressed with Emily’s writing skills that the school sponsored Emily to attend a weekend retreat at the Bennett Centre in Edmonton. As a small child she was involved with “Sunshine Generation” where she sang and performed for crowds around Sherwood Park.

Emily had a wonderful and silly sense of humor (just like her mom). She loved to laugh and make others laugh at her silly skits that she would record. Emily loved the video camera and still photography, a skill she inherited from her father Gavin and grandfather Ensley.

Emily grew up in Edmonton and Sherwood Park. She excelled in the Language Arts program at school. She graduated from Scona High School in Edmonton, where she received her diploma. There, she also met some wonderful classmates with whom she remained close friends until her passing. Ashley, Andra & Alexis were a huge part of Emily’s high school and adult life.

Emily was a loving and caring daughter, sister, cousin, niece and friend to many people. Growing up, she spent much of her time having playdates and sleepovers with her cousins Katie, Nicole, Laura, Christine & Meaghan. She was the Best sister EVER to Jackson. She made growing up fun for Jackson by entertaining him with her creativity and silliness. She was a wonderful role model for her little brother. She also enjoyed spending time by herself, where she was reflective of her life and composed her writings.

After high school, Emily was a nanny for a short while before trying her hand at waitressing. She started out as a dishwasher and persevered until she made her way up to Hostess, then waitress. After several years of waitressing, Emily once again returned to school, enrolling in a Legal Assistant Program.

Emily will always be remembered by friends and family as a “bright light” who was a joy to spend time with. Her smile would light up a room. Emily was a kind and compassionate old soul. She was the best baby, a happy go lucky toddler, funny & entertaining adolescent and a beautiful adult.

You are, and always will be, sadly missed our dear Miss Emily.

Forever 29. Forever in our memories. Forever in our hearts.


  1. Damien Mastroprimiano

    Not a moment in my day I am not thinking of you and your laugh that I loved so much. You will remain in my heart forever until we meet again. Love you forever Emily. Missing you.

  2. Milton Barclay

    I’m so sorry for your loss my condolences to you and your family

  3. Damien Mastroprimiano

    I want to send my condolences and prayers to all of Emily’s family. She was as amazing beautiful soul and I will always treasure the times I got to spend with her. I was lucky to get to know her and love her. Condolences to all of you.

  4. Yvonne Arnold

    Sherri, family and friends of Emily, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I remember little Emily when I would bring my girls to you Sherri to babysit.
    I remember Emily so full of spunk and just a ball of energy.
    She made my girls stay a fun one.
    My sincerest condolences. 🙏

  5. Ronda Brickley

    Sherri, Family, & All those who loved Emily. It’s hard to put into words, my heart breaks for you! May your memories of Emily and love for each other bring you comfort in this time of grief! Hugs!!

  6. Ann

    My sincere condolences Sherri, Gavin and family. Sending prayers and hugs.

  7. Sammy

    Sunshine and smiles, sunsets and pineapples, mornings and coffee, late nights and snuggles…you were a mountain of joy and inspiration in my life Emily, and I became a better person because of you :))) may you be happy ma belle, I love you always and cannot wait until we meet again ☀️🍍🌅 🏔️🧡

  8. Andra

    Emsy we have so many beautiful memories together since high school ❤️. We laughed, cried, adventured and grew up together. Your soul, beauty, elegance, humour and charisma will never cease to exist in my heart ❤️. You always made me feel like I’m deserving of love and made sure that I knew how much worth I had. That is one special gift from you that I will cherish for the rest of my life ❤️ you became a sister to me and I love you forever, until we meet again ❤️

  9. Ashley

    I love you and miss you so much Em my little alligator. So many memories we shared and I am so glad to have met you and have called you one of my bestest friends. I will always cherish the amazing times we had together and one day we will see each other again. You were so beautiful inside and out. May your soul rest in peace ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  10. Monica

    Sending thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences. I remember Emily as being such a thoughtful, sweet, creative and loving girl. She took such great care of the kids and extra good care of her little brother….the memories of her beautiful soul will be carried in your heart always….she is forever with you. Hugs to you all.

  11. Nathan

    Emily was an extremely talented and smart woman. Amazing writer with a very quirky sense of humour. Deep condolences to her family. She will be missed by many.

  12. Cadence

    Emily was a brilliant poetess. Her words will forever be echoed. Prayers for her family and all who knew her (to know her was to love her).

  13. Cadence

    Emily was a brilliant poetess. Her words will be echoed forever. Prayers for her family and all who knew her (to know her was to love her).


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