Pitman described the little girl to the few hundred who attended as goofy and funny. He said she loved to read and loved math, and ‘‘that alone makes her a saint.’’
Emilie Parker’s father struggled to maintain his composure at a memorial service for the 6-year-old in Ogden, Utah, where the family has roots.
‘‘Even though this was a very personal and internal thing for us, I could see it touched everybody,’’ Robbie Parker told the crowd at Ben Lomond High School, where he and his wife, Alissa, were high school sweethearts. ‘‘All of us feel connected to children.’’
Emilie’s short life was celebrated in a slide show and brief remarks from family members. They recalled a girl full of love, compassion, charity and enthusiasm. Her father said she loved to pick flowers — ‘‘like a goat.’’ He finally told her to limit the picking to dandelions.
‘‘Emilie always wanted to help people feel better,’’ said a family obituary released Thursday. ‘‘Her compassion and charity was exemplified with her hugs, the cards she would make, and her statement that, ‘I wish everybody could just be happy.'’’