Community pays tribute to 5-year-old girl who died after being diagnosed with flu, strep

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MOORE, Okla. - A community is paying tribute to a five-year-old girl who died after being diagnosed with the flu and strep throat.

Hundreds of pink bows are flapping in the wind, tied to utility poles across Moore and south Oklahoma City.

They are a tribute to Emersyn Waddle, or “Emmy”, the little five year old who died last week after being diagnosed with strep throat and the flu.

Several members of the community gathered together Sunday afternoon to tie the pink bows, a vivid tribute to the kindergartener whose death has touched so many.

“She loved her big bows and her favorite color was pink,” said Lauren Hill.

Hill and Cindy Turbyfill organized the effort.

“I just couldn’t believe just something seemed so common and every day. You send your babies to school and you know it’s just heart wrenching,” said Turbyfill.

The group started at Emmy’s school, Heritage Trails Elementary, and tied bows there.

Then they went to Emmaus Baptist Church, where her funeral will be held on Monday.

Then they followed the path the family will take from the church to the cemetery and tied hundreds of bows along the sides of Western and Indian Hills, finally ending at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

“I just hope that on their way from the church to the funeral they see that we’ve come together, we’ve thought about her. And her favorite color was pink and the bows in her hair and to think that we’re remembering them and thinking about
them,” said Turbyfill.

“Comfort, you know, that’s all you can offer at a time like this,” said Hill.

Funeral services for Emmy Waddle are set for Monday, 10 a.m., at Emmaus Baptist Church.

A Facebook page was set up for Waddle called “Praying 4 Emmy” and a Go Fund Me page was set up as well.


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