June 26, 1931 - December 02, 2017
Emily Theiss, beloved mother and grandmother, left this earth on
12/2/2017 in Hanford from Alzheimer's, exactly one month after her daughter, Rosemary Avery, passed. Emily was born on 6/26/1931 in Springfield MO to Sam and Jean Flournoy West, the youngest of 3 children. After her father's death when she was 3 years old, the family moved to California. After her mother's death when she was 5 years old, Emily was raised by her aunt in the Hollywood Hills area of California. She attended an all girls boarding school & then moved to Northern California to live with her brother & attend Berkeley. After completing her AA at Berkeley, Emily traveled the country and also Europe. While visiting relatives in Dallas TX, she met her husband, Carl Avery, and they settled in Southern California to raise their 5 children. After moving to the Hanford area in 1968, Emily worked for Kings County library & then Kings County health department for many years. After retiring, she moved to Visalia ca where she was active at St Paul's Episcopal church & various organizations including CAMI.Emily enjoyed drawing, painting, playing piano & violin, gardening, camping in the mountains, and going for walks. She was an avid reader & read to her children & grandchildren. She loved her family above all else.
Besides her parents, Emily was preceded in death by her brother, Sam West & sister, Jean Robbins, husbands, Carl Avery & George Theiss & her daughter, Rosemary Avery. She is survived by 4 children, Pat Leasure (John), Pauline Avery, Ed Avery (Pilar), Lilly Jones and 17 grandchildren, Tim, Michael, Matt Leasure, Roland Avery, Austin, Joel, Stephanie, Jordan Greg Warchol, Amy Ramsey, Lisa Wallace, Ethan, Madison Avery, Jason, Joshua, Jimmy, Julia Jones and 17 great-grandchildren with 18th due any day.
Private graveside services will be held at Hanford Cemetery.