Emelia Luisa Garrity died unexpectedly March 31, 2007. Her life was taken by a drunk driver. She was 36 years old and had 3 children - Jocelyn (16), Jacob (11) and James (6). Emelia was the second daughter of Franklin Sims and Angela Gomez. She had a sister, Sabrina Pena, whom she was very close to. Emelia was married for ten years to Jonathan Garrity, whom she separated from in 2003. For the last 2 years she was in a relationship with Damian Rennolds. Emelia devoted her life to making her children happy. She always put them first. Emelia was the kind of person that always had a beautiful smile on her face. She was a very easy-going person, very fun to be around. She touched every life she entered. Emelia loved to go shopping with her daughter and friends and had a great sense of style. Viewing will be at the Rice Mortuary on Tuesday April 10, 2007 from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. The memorial service will take place at Rice Mortuary on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. and interment at Green Hills Memorial Park. A trust for the children will receive contributions at "Garrity Children" P.O. Box 596, 4733 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503 or suggested donations to MADD.

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  1. I was very saddened to hear the news regarding Emelia. Please if anything is needed for the family, please contact me. I was Jocelyns preschool teacher and loved her very much. If i can help in any way, please let me know. Emelia will surely be missed.

  2. Dear Jonathan, I am very sorry to hear about Emily. You and your boys have been in my thoughts since I heard the news.. Being a mother of 3 I couldn’t imagine what these kids have gone through, not alone you, with this tradgic accident to Emily. I had just ran into her at Jacob’s 1st corec dance as Kendall and I were standing in line right behind them and she recognized me after not seeing each other in years. It was nice… I only wish the best through this tough time for the whole family and wanted to let you know you all were in my thoughts and prayers. I hope to be able to stop by Tuesday night but if not I am thinking about you…

  3. Jonathan, I am so sorry for your loss. I recently ran into Emily a few months back and I always ask Niki about you all. I have known you a long time and the kids are so lucky to have you as their father. You have always been such a strong man and something like this will only make you stronger. It will take a long time to get through this but I know the most important thing is to help the kids through it which I know that is what you are already doing. If there is anything you need please let us know. Sergio and I want you to know you are in our hearts. We just want you to know your old friends are here if you need anything.

  4. I’m speechless, Jocelyn, i have known you for years and we used to be the best of friends and i remember how much you and i used to sit there on your bunk bed and say how great your mom was and how beautiful she was and i will never forget how often you would say you wanted to be just like her when you grew up.(you will be and already are just as beautiful, loving and lovable, i promise.) sometimes life just isn’t fair, and i’m so sorry! and i want you to know that my family and i are here for anything you need, please don’t hesitate to call or come over. Jonathan, i know this is hard for you as well, and once again i’d just like to give my condolences and assure all of you that youre in my prayers!! when i think about what happened, i cannot stop the tears, you all share so many of my elementary school memories, which i’ll never forget in a lifetime. i remember watching Emelia through her pregnancy with James, and still to this day i’ve never seen someone who seemed glow with so much love, nor do i believe i will. one thing i know ill never be able to get over is that i talked to Emelia at my work two days before the accident, when she left the store that day, she said she would see me again soon, and i never doubted or thought about it twice. its gonna take me awhile to get over that one. well I love you all and will be praying for you and your own safety.

  5. Jonathan, we are saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of Emily. Please know that so many people share your sadness and we are continuing to remember your family in your loss and your deep grief.

  6. My family and I wish to convey our deepest sympathies to the family of Emelia Garrity. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts at this time.

  7. I remember dropping the kids off at her house the most, she was always so sweet and kind to me. I remember how excited James, Jacob,and Jocelyn would get as we rounded the corner to her driveway and how James would scream MOMMY, you have never seen more joy. I am sorry for your loss, I am always here for all of you and will love you always.

  8. My deepest condolences to Emily’s family and friends. I hope that your memories of the love she had for you will bring some consolation at this difficult moment.

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