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Friday, October 14, 2005

Carla Emery has passed away

Carla Emery DeLong, bestselling author of The Encyclopedia of Country Living and tireless crusader for the homesteading movement, passed away of complications from low blood pressure on October 11, 2005. She died in Odessa, Texas, on her way home from a national speaking tour, surrounded by her family.

Carla's entire life was distinguished by her strength of character and her willingness to make her own way on her own terms. She will be remembered by thousands around the world for her writings on independent living, and for the doctrines of self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship she preached at speaking engagements across the United States. She is survived by her devoted husband, Don DeLong; by her brother, Dick Hoff; by her seven children and their partners, Dolly and Steve Perry, Dan and Miriam Emery, Becca Emery and Phil Vlahakis, Luke Emery, Sara and Stephen daSilva, Jacob Emery and Karolin Röcklinger, and Esther Emery and Nick Fouch; and also by six grandchildren, Ben, Beth, Matthew and Hannah Perry, and Elijah and Neoma Emery.

Shortly before her death Carla wrote down how she wanted to be remembered. "She was responsible. She loved a job. She loved being a wife, a mother, and a writer. She worked hard and did her best."

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 5 at Grace Chapel in Willcox, Arizona. All the many people whose lives Carla touched are welcome to attend.

Please leave condolences and comments about your experiences with Carla's seminars, what her book meant in your life, or other observations.

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