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Emily Cassandra Lear, age 19, of Piqua, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 1:52 p.m. at Miami Valley Hospital. She sustained fatal head injuries from a tragic car accident. Emily is survived by her soul mate Austin Lear. The loving couple wedded July 7, 2018 in Clearwater Beach, Fl.
Born in Sidney, OH. Emily was the daughter of Carl and Karen (Fugate) Picker of Troy, formally of Sidney. She was a 2017 graduate of Hardin-Houston Local High School. Emily was a member of the varsity cheerleading team, golf team, and track team. She spent her Jr. and Sr. years at Upper Valley Career Center studying electrical trades. She was an active spokesperson for UVCC’s Apprentice Ohio Program. Emily also worked as a model for New View Talent Agency, and participated in many Miss Teen USA pageants.
Upon graduation, Emily joined the United States Navy Reserves where she honorably served her country as a culinary art specialist. Emily was a dedicated worker carrying two jobs at Aldi in Piqua, OH. and Honda of America in East Liberty, OH. She enjoyed work as a make-up artist, and continued Miss Teen USA pageants where she was recently crowned Mrs. Buckeye. Emily was also involved in Habitat for Humanity of Troy; she had a big heart for animals of all kinds. She also served as an advocate for animal rescue groups. Emily loved her husband, family, and friends dearly and will be greatly missed by all.
Emily had the honors of being an organ donor. She is being referred to as a “unicorn” because uniquely enough she was able to donate 8 organs and her tissue. She has saved many people and will live on through them.
Emily is survived by her older siblings; brothers Joshua (Shawna) Burks of Dayton, Tuley “TJ” (Brandy) Maxwell of Troy. Sisters, Kaylajo Maxwell of Troy; Anna Wyen of Piqua; father and mother-in-law Tom (Crystal) Warner of Nancy, KY.; sister-in-law Carissa Warner; grandmother Patricia Fugate of Sidney; grandparents Ed (Sandy) Todd of Greenville, Todd (Nancy) Kessler of Piqua; uncle John Fugate of Sidney; aunts Dianna (Chuck) Stone of Anna, Christi Fugate of Sidney, Carla (Robert) Beckman of Venice, FL., Deb (Larry) Lee of Delphos, Kathy (Ronald) Reindel of Delphos, Cheryl (Rodney) Maloney of Delphos; and special friends Tuley Maxwell of Sidney, Tim Deloye of Sidney and Ed Christopher of Sidney. Emily is proceeded in death by; sister Cassie Picker; grandfather Howard S. Fugate Jr.; grandparents Carl (Margaret) Picker, uncles Jeff Fugate, and Alan Picker.
Family and friends may call Monday, February 25, 2019 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Solid Rock Pentecostal Church, 2745 St. Rt. 29N, Sidney. Viewing will also be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. with dear friends Pastor Tom Walters, Pastor Harold McKnight, and Pastor Linda Dulin Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery with full military honors performed by the United States Navy Reserves.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emily’s GoFundMe account to assist her family with funeral expenses and hospital bills.
Condolences may be expressed at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com
Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements.