Erika Emmons-Cain was carried by angels to heaven on February 3, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. She passed away surrounded by family at Desert Samaritan Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. Erika, a native of the Czech Republic, was born to Wilhelm and Anna Geier on August 30, 1932. Erika came to the United States in the late 1950s where she worked for Hoffman Larouche Pharmaceutical as a German Linguist. She married James Emmons in 1961 in Germany and would mother five children and live a successful life in America.
Erika was a survivor and a gifted professional throughout her life until she took her last breath. She was an avid marathon runner and can be remembered by friends and admirers alike for her many jaunts between Sedona and Cottonwood in the 1980s. Erika was the Office Manager for Verde Valley Urology for many years and attained her BS degree in Accounting from ASU at age 56. She also attained her dual citizenship status in 2007 and was very proud to be a citizen of the United States.
Erika loved her husband John Cain dearly and prided herself in making sure they always had the best of what life had to offer them both. Erika also had a strong love for her cats and her gardening, cooking, knitting, and designing skills were to be admired. She loved her family dearly and dedicated much effort into ensuring her family unit remained strong. Erika is preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Anna Geier.
Erika is survived by her loving husband L. John Cain of 22 years; children Heidi (Dana Schumacher), James, Kristina, Robert, Christopher (Carrie), and grandchildren; Caden, Taylor, and Travis Emmons. Erika is also survived by seven stepchildren, John (Betsy), Stephen, Paul (Kathryn), Daniel (Joan), Larry (Cara), Connie Ramsey (Jack), Liz Steinman (Paul) and many grandchildren.
The family would also like to express their deep hearted thanks to the many lifetime friends who were there for Erika over the years and across the many states and countries as well as and to those special people who assisted Erika and showed their continuing support following her diagnosis. She created a special bond with all those she touched.
A mass service was held at Church of the Resurrection in Tempe, Arizona on Tuesday, February 10. Erika's will complete her final journey when she is returned to Elbenberg, Germany where she will rest next to her parents at a date to be determined.
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