The beloved 13-year-old girl Emily (Emmy) Brynn Gorman tragically passed away on July 4, 2023 due to a boating accident.
Emmy was born on January 25th, 2010, in Sioux Falls, SD, to her parents Stacy and Eric Gorman. She was a bright student entering 8th grade at Harrisburg North Middle School in Sioux Falls, SD.
Emmy’s family and her two pugs, Frankie and Ruby, meant the world to her. She always had a desire for another dog, often sending pictures of adorable dogs or creating PowerPoint presentations to convince her parents. Her compassionate heart extended to animals, and she deeply cared for them.
Who is Emmy Gorman?
Emmy brought joy and blessings to everyone she knew. She cherished her friendships and spent late nights joking, laughing, and playing games with her friends, often hosting sleepovers. She valued her relationships and showed kindness to everyone she encountered.
In the past, Emmy enjoyed dancing and was a member of a cheer team. She recently developed a passion for volleyball and dedicated herself to training, aspiring to join the Nationals team next year. She also participated in cross country for two years. When not at her lessons, she would set up a net in the backyard, eager to play and improve her skills. There’s also a GoFundMe set up for the family.
Funds are being raised for the Gorman family, who lost their daughter and sister, Emmy, in a tragic incident on Lake Madison on July 3rd, 2023. Funds will be used for medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost income as they grieve as a family.
From Stacy’s Facebook: Words cannot express our devastation and sorrow. We lost our beautiful Emily Brynn yesterday. For all those that knew and loved Emmy, know that she was so special, so beautiful, and had the biggest heart of anyone. She cared so deeply for those she loved and for all animals. Emmy passed away at Sanford Hospital after a tragic boating accident. We were not with her during the accident, but were able to be with her when she passed. Her obituary and funeral details are still being arranged. We are unsure how we are going to get through this, but we know Emmy is in Heaven with God.
During summers, Emmy loved spending time at Lake Madison, engaging in activities like boating, tubing, skiing, and kneeboarding. She enjoyed watching movies, TV shows, playing video and board games, and going on family vacations, particularly cruises. Emmy was skilled at doing her own nails and had a knack for root beer, always requesting trips to the gas station to get her favorite drink. She expressed her creativity through diamond paintings and various arts and crafts, proudly displaying her work in her room. Additionally, she loved baking treats for her family to enjoy.
Emmy was exceptionally intelligent, excelling in subjects like math. Her family often turned to her for help with problem-solving and technology-related matters. She received recognition as the Student of the Month on multiple occasions throughout her school years.
Those close to Emmy knew her for her silly side. She possessed a beautiful smile, freckles, hazel eyes, and a contagious laugh. Recently, she got braces, and while initially hesitant, she grew excited about choosing the color of her rubber bands. Emmy eagerly anticipated learning to drive and often inquired about the type of car she would have. Her parents jokingly told her she would be driving Mom’s minivan, to which she expressed disapproval.
Among her many loves were her two pugs, sleeping in, shopping at the mall and stores like Target, Aerie, Offline, and Ulta. She enjoyed getting her nails done, watching movies, attending Wednesday night church youth group, and relishing vanilla ice cream, mac and cheese from Noodles and Company, Coaches Choice smoothies from Juice Stop, Vanilla Bean and Caramel Brule Frappuccinos from Starbucks, barbeque chips, popcorners, extra cheddar goldfish, quesadillas, and wearing fuzzy Christmas socks, sweatpants, and sweatshirts.
Words cannot fully capture Emmy’s beautiful soul, her unique personality, or the depth of love and adoration she received from her parents, sisters, friends, family, and all who knew her. Emmy is survived by her parents, Eric and Stacy Gorman, her sisters Brooke and Molly, her grandparents Marty and Brenda Collins, Michael and Cynthia Gorman, and Milo and Ellie Olson, as well as numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
Emmy Gorman Obituary and Funeral Service
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, from 4-7 PM at Central Church. Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at 10 AM at Central Church, located at 3100 W. Ralph Rd, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. Emmy will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery.