Emily "Mex" Evans Briley died tragically on Saturday, March 4, 2006, in an accident at her home. She touched so many people with her unrestrained spirit and love of life. She lived with no reservations or regrets. Although her life was short, it was complete in her adoring husband, cherished son and beautiful home.
Emily was born January 6, 1975 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. She grew up in Colorado and graduated from Park City High School in 1993 where she was an accomplished member of the volleyball team. She went on to play for St Mary’s College in Omaha, Neb. She was awarded her bachelor of science degree from the University of Utah in exercise and sport science. Emily coached the girls’ volleyball team at Park City High School for many years — work she dearly loved. She was both a leader and role model for many fortunate young women whom she mentored.
The Park Meadows Country Club hired her in 2001 as a server, but soon recognized her talents and leadership skills and promoted her to the position of dining room manager and, eventually, food and beverage director. Emily continued to be the special events coordinator as she seamlessly entered the world of motherhood with great enthusiasm. She also enjoyed her work as a host at Deer Valley since 2001, where she met her husband, Timothy Briley, who served on the ski patrol. This match was undeniably perfect to all who knew them and they married in Park City, Aug. 30, 2003, in the presence of many friends and family who celebrated their union. Her greatest and most cherished job was becoming a mother to Griffin Adrian Briley, born on Nov. 10, 2005. They blessed this world with him.
Emily is survived by her husband Timothy and son Griffin Adrian Briley of Kamas; her parents Walt and Pam Evans of Kamas; sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Karl Goerke, their daughters Gabriella and Isabella of Dixon, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law LCDR Todd and Amanda Evans and their son William of Corpus Christi, Texas; grandparents Frederick and Jean Upham of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mary Lee Evans of Dayton, Wyo. She is preceded in death by her grandfather Leroy Evans and her beloved cousin Adrian Mason Upham.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, corner of S.R. 224 and White Pine Canyon Road, Park City, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2006, for all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 8, from 5-7 p.m., and Thursday, March 9 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting you acknowledge your sympathy and celebrate her life with gifts to the Griffin Adrian Briley account at Zion’s Bank, 1100 Snow Creek Dr., P.O. Box 3899, Park City, Utah 84060, or call the U.S. Ski Team Foundation at 1-800-809-7669.
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