Emily Marie Tredway, 16, passed away on September 9, 2017 in a motorcycle accident near Girdwood. Emily was born on November 2, 2000 in Anchorage. She was a Junior at South Anchorage High school where she was on the swim team and sang with the Da Capo Choir, a local elite performance group.
Emily is an accomplished student, a member of the National Honors Society, taking several AP classes while maintaining honor roll status. She sings and plays guitar and piano outside of school and loved performing at local events. She played soccer and ice hockey, loved the outdoors—a true Alaska girl. Emily has blessed audiences with her beautiful singing since she was very little and volunteered her talents at the Pioneer Home entertaining the elderly. She recently joined the Music is Therapy Club at SAHS.
Emily loved classic cars, motorcycles and travel. She just returned from a European tour with her Da Capo singing group. They toured Germany and France, fulfilling Emily’s dream of traveling through Europe.
Emily had an adventurous spirit and lived life to its fullest. Her exuberance for life was supported by her dedicated parents who provided her with every opportunity to strengthen her lust for life, including acquiescing to her desire to ride motorcycles.
Emily rode with her Dad by motorcycle from Alabama to Anchorage with her loving and supportive Grandparents by her side, and logged over 10,000 miles on it. Emily first rode her motorcycle with him at multiple destinations across the country when she was only 15 years old. She received her motorcycle safety certification and her driver’s license and fulfilled her dream of riding a motorcycle with her dad on amazing epic adventures.
In the last assignment Emily wrote for school, she described life as a paradox and explained how the very things that you do to live your life to its fullest requires risk, and how risk is necessary to experience life as it is meant to be lived. In her own words, Emily expresses her passion for taking these risks in order to be fully present in life to live your destiny.
Emily was passionate about living her life to its fullest during her short time while she blessed her friends and family with her presence on this earth. Emily said “Without conflicting opinions of having different views in the world, people would be left living a routine life which life would be absent of the astonishing and intriguing qualities that define it.”
Emily came into the world in 2000 and immediately faced a deathly struggle. It was there at the hospital her mother gave her life and then prayed to God for “just one more day.” Her prayers were answered and God let us have her for over 16 years. Many felt that Emily was an “Angel on this Earth” put here for those who loved her to experience the depths of love that they had for Emily as a direct gift from God.
Emily is survived by her father Tom Tredway, mother Kari Reese, sisters Lauren Neddeau and Briana Neddeau, grandparents David and Wanda Tredway, grandmother “Gram” Karin Reese, Aunts Shannon Reese, Carmen Reese, Jody Rigg, Tammy Harnsberger, uncle Brent Reese. Also survived by cousins Bandon Devore, Chad Devore, Kory Devore, Stephanie Kings, Katie Barber, Ryan Harnsberger, Rachel Harnsberger, Xander Rigg.
All who knew Emily were blessed to have her ray of light brighten their lives. She was a shining example of a promising and gracious young woman and will be missed very deeply by all whose lives she touched.
A Celebration of Life for Emily Tredway will be held at Anchorage Grace Church Saturday September 16, 2017 at 12:00 noon. Flowers are welcome, but donations to the “Emily Tredway Live Fearlessly Scholarship” on Emily’s behalf are greatly appreciated and can be sent Northern Skies FCU.
The tribute ride will begin at 2:30pm on September 16th, 2017 at the Anchorage Grace Church 12407 Pintail St. 99516 to the Anchorage Downtown Memorial 535 E. 9th Ave. 99501.