Emily Gray Spickler passed from this world while studying abroad at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia.
She was the beloved daughter of Jeff and Jill Spickler, and beloved sister of Levi Spickler, all of Shepherdstown, W.Va. She also leaves behind grandparents, Robert and Nancy Eaves of Martinsburg, W.Va.; her uncle, Joey Eaves, with Anna Santiago, and their children, Hannah and Coleton Eaves and Christopher and Danielle Santiago; her uncle, Preston Spickler of Studio City, Calif.; her aunt, Donna Lancaster of Waxahachie, Texas; her aunt and uncle, Debbie and Dana Reiter of Charles Town, W.Va.; many other cousins and great-uncles and great-aunts; and so many beloved friends.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Bill and Jeanne Spickler, and great-grandparents, Jewell and Nettie Eaves, and Gordon and Fran Milburn, and an uncle, Gray L. Spickler.
She loved travel, adventure, dancing, fashion, animals, writing, family and friends.
She was a journalism major and a dance minor at West Virginia University, and she was attending the University of Southern Queensland as an international exchange student through the International Student Exchange Program. She was on the dean's list two of the last four semesters while at WVU, and was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She was employed as a writer for the student-run newspaper, the Daily Athenaeum, as well as for online publications Fashionista.com and HerCampus.com.
Her compassion for people and her passion for life were evident in everything she did. In high school, she was active in her church youth group, participating in mission trips to Gulfport, Miss., and Guatemala.
She was an amazing and accomplished writer, and a beautiful and talented dancer and model. While at WVU, she was also employed as a model, working through the Nova Agency, and working through the Aurora Agency while at USQ.
She lived this past summer in Los Angeles, interning for Los Angeles Magazine, where she was employed in the web design department. Several of her written pieces were published online over the summer. She was fulfilling her dream of becoming a journalist through her love of travel and adventure by studying abroad for a school year.
She was a member of Covenant Baptist Church in Shepherdstown.
A funeral tribute and celebration of Emily's life will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Covenant Baptist Church, 7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berkeley County Humane Society, 554 Charles Town Road, Martinsburg, WV 25405-5506.
Arrangements are by the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at her obituary at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com.