top of page

Share a Memory:

Upon submitting your memory, please refresh your page to view your condolences.

Your content has been submitted

An error occurred. Try again later


Andrew Ladanowski & Linda Ferrara

It was truly devastating to learn of your daughter’s death. May her soul rest in peace for eternity. Look to God for strength and have faith that He will bring you the love and comfort you need at a time like this. We will be praying for you.

Margo Story

My sincere condolences to the family......May the perpetual light shine upon Emily

Stephen Benge

I was extremely saddened to hear about this passing. I will continue to pray for your family I cannot imagine what you’re going through. I did not know Emily very well but my son did he only said that she was an extremely nice girl and nothing but kind… That is the Best kind of perspective that you would want from raising your child into an adult.

Larry Waldman and Family

Janet, Doug and Douglas, our thoughts and prayers, deepest and sincere condolences. Your angel Emily was such a bright light, and she will be greatly missed. She was truly loved by all, and she absolutely adored her family. It's with such sadness and sorrow having to write this, but I take comfort, as I think of Emily's pureness, her bright light and the beautiful person she was/is both inside and out and she will be forever up in heaven looking down on her very loving family. For the brief time and blessing, that I had gotten to know Emily, it was an absolute pleasure and joy watching her grow over the past three plus years, not only as a teenager becoming a young adult, but as a young professional taking the reins of a business, she so dearly loved and how proud I was of her. I am a better person for knowing Emily, and she will be greatly missed. Love, Larry W

Dianne Febles

My deepest condolences in the loss of your daughter. I remember her with fondness from the time she was with you in Canandaigua for the Strategic Planning initiative and then seeing her at FBHS. Hold dear to your memories and your love for your daughter. May these special memories sustain you in the very difficult times ahead.

Lana Self

I was saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter Emily but rejoicing that she is in heaven with her Savior. My prayer is for God's comfort for the family in the days ahead.

Tammy Teal Penland

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerest condolences as each of you miss your lovely Emily. Such a bright light for us and the other families at Dayspring. Praying for peace over time. So thankful for her trust in Jesus and reassurance of your inevitable reunification.

Bill and Colleen Reardon-Johnson

It is great sadness they we heard of the news of sweet Emily's passing. She was always a bright light in our day when she visited DaySpring Village. A gentle voice and sweet smile followed her always. She will be remembered by the people who's lives she touched. Our prayers go out to Doug, Janet and family. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 16

Tamas Swanda

May your love for Emily be your strength for you and your family. My heart goes out to you with deepest sympathy... God bless.

Richard and Nora Bruce

Our heartfelt condolences to the family. You are in our prayers.

Scott Eller

Doug and Janet, it seems like yesterday I was talking to Doug about the blessing of being pregnant with Emily. We walked the halls in Tallahassee advocating for the rights of the disabled and looked forward to the days our children would carry on our legacy. It was not long after that Emily was a little girl up there with you learning from the best. I have no doubt she would have put us to shame with her abilities and that amazing smile that would light up the room and disarm any adversary debating with her. She was a Godly, Beautiful, Young Woman that was a gift to us all. You two are amazing parents who so deeply love your children and were instrumental leading them to Christ. I cannot begin to express my condolences and am so so sorry. I am still in disbelief and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and family. I love and admire the Adkins family and will always be here if you need anything.

Louise Uber

Doug, Janet, Douglas and family, I am so sorry and my heart is very sad over the loss of Emily. I know she was a Christian and was raised by a loving Christian family. I have never forgotten my first visit to Daysprings. When we walked in Christian music was playing. I know she enjoyed working there. Praying she is now surrounded by angels I am Praying for God to give you comfort and peace over her loss.

Teresa Hollingsworth

My thoughts and prayers are with Emily's family during this time of sorrow. May God give you the peace and comfort you need today and in the days ahead. (My grandmother was Grace Huey Stokes)

Judith H. Turner and family

As you lived in the light with joy, love lifted you. As you brushed against this world so gently, you lifted us.With sincere sympathy from the Dave Turner Plumbing family.

Veronica Catoe

Emily was a bright young woman passionate about the family business and the individuals they provide services too. She was an advocate for them but also for the assisted living industry. Her smile is infectious and I pray that the cherished memories the family have will provide strength and comfort in the days, weeks and years ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marianne Crowley

Doug and Janet, I am so sorry to learn of Emily’s passing. I first met Emily as a young child at Montessori as a classmate of my son, John Bogush. I know what a treasure she has been to you both. My thoughts and prayers for you. Marianne Crowley and Ed Bogush

The Tita Family

Doug, Janet and Douglas, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Marybeth, Phil, Phillip and Jessica

The Fred Emery

So very sorry to hear of her passing. She was a blessing to us.



Lee Kaywork

There are not words to express the grief of losing a child. Mary and I will keep Emily and your family in our prayers. May your faith give you strength.

Dayspring Staff

......Oh My, What a Very Sad Loss of a Wonderful Friend and Person.....You will be Missed by ALL who Knew You....Much Sympathy to the Entire Family....From, Friends at Dayspring...2022'

Arlene Rowland

Oh Janet and Doug! There are no words that explain my aguish for you! All I feel I can do is pray and pray hard! That, I will promise to do for you and your family! My condolences and my continued prayers!

Jim Mayo

Janet, Doug, and Douglas, I don't believe we can be given a greater grief than giving up our child or our sibling. Your love for Emily as always been clear to all. You have been blessed with a close family which can now only make your grief burn brighter. May God now hold you in his love and give you strength to continue to live. Emily was a treasure and though her life was short it was not without meaning. She touched many lives and made a difference to many people. After you have found a way to live ve with your grief, you will still your pride that your da.ughter was an extraordinary woman.

Sheryl Harper

I am so sorry for your loss. I am Praying for all you.

Scott and Krista Hodges

We are very sorry for your loss. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Laura Sumner

I knew her and her family she was a beautiful young lady she will be greatly missed heaven gained an angel

Lyn King

May angels surround her forever. I do sorry for her loss. She was certainly a bright light in this world. Her presence will be missed.

Susie Sandusky

I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Emily. My prayers are that God wraps his arms around you and blesses you all with lots of beautiful memories

Pastor Michael D. O'Neal

Sister Emily was such a blessing to my wife and me! She will be missed! See you in heaven, dear sister!

Avery Holmes - Plastridge Ins

The love and joy that your child brought to you will never be forgotten. I am thinking of you and your family during this tragic time. My deepest condolences.

Jackie Barnes Rushton

I'm so sorry to hear of Emilys passing, My Condolences Janet and Doug as her parents and Emilys family I pray that loving arms are wrapped around y'all and bring you comfort, Emily graduated with my Son Walker Rushton who passed 3-23-20 and this just breaks My Heart for your family. I will keep your family in My Prayers RIP Emily

Shelia Mobley

Emily had such loving spirit; I had the honor of meeting this beautiful angel at the FALA conference. During that time, just sitting and talking with her anyone could see that she had a love for people. Emily will be missed, my prayers for the family.

Peggy Rigsby

The death of a child is like no other. The void never fills. The grief stays forever but changes form over time. Doug, Janet and Douglas, please treasure every memory and never miss a chance to talk about Emily.

Lynn Anderson

I had the pleasure of meeting Emily along side her father at a FALA conference and I knew then that she would become a leader in our industry. You could see the love for her in Doug's eyes and that she was definitely daddy's little girl. Her smile was contagious, her love for the industry was evident and her grace was perfection. It was an honor to meet her, see the love for humankind in her heart and to know that she would be a leader in our industry that cares for our seniors. My heart breaks for Doug, Janet and Douglas. Prayers lifted for Emily, her family and friends. God Bless all of you!

Emily Adkins


Emily Elizabeth Adkins, age 23, passed away at Baptist Medical Center surrounded by her parents on October 21, 2022.

Emily began her love for learning at Amelia Island Montessori School where she quickly made friends and influenced others with her love of dresses. She graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 2017. She received the Bright Futures Scholarship and graduated from the University of North Florida in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration. She was employed as the People Success Officer at the family-owned assisted living facilities (Dayspring Senior Living and Dayspring Village). Upon graduation from college, Emily bought a house in Yulee and was enjoying her new home.

Emily was an emerging leader in Florida’s Assisted Living Communities and had gained the skills necessary to manage the most important aspect of any business – people. She successfully completed the ALF Administrator Competency certification and held a professional food service manager’s license. Emily was kind, logical, practical, fair, rule-driven, and clear-headed when a problem had to be addressed.

As a child, Emily loved to go to the beach where she would run and play in the ocean’s surf and look for shells or seaside treasure. She loved swimming, enjoyed movies and was an expert in Anime movies. Emily was an avid reader and what could be described as a classic “bookie”. Everything from fan fiction to Marvel were her genre.

Emily accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord on May 26, 2011 and was a member of Blackrock Baptist Church. Emily loved to sing worship songs and had the voice of an angel. She enjoyed singing in the Glenwood choir. Her childhood trips to Bell, Florida with her grandparents was a highlight each summer as she sang, “Boys and Girls for Jesus”. Her joy was contagious as her face glowed with smiles

Growing up, Emily was active in local sports with YMCA basketball and AIYS soccer association. She played the piano and participated in middle and high school band. She graduated from Fernandina Beach Cotillions and was always interested in the next big event.

Emily loved to travel and was looking forward to the next family adventure. She travelled to Austria, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Israel (twice), Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, and many of the states. She had a great sense of direction and was always leading the way through airports, train stations, and city streets.

Wise for her years, Emily was a hard-working volunteer in local, state, and federal campaigns. No one would outwork Emily whether it was knocking on doors, making calls, stuffing envelopes, or waving a sign for her candidate. She loved America and the freedom she enjoyed.

Emily was her mom’s best friend, the heart of her father, and a constant companion with her brother. She loved July 4th family reunions at Hart Springs. She loved Christmas and the special meaning and blessing of the holiday. She was full of life and fun!


bottom of page