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Emily Marion Vollers

Emily Marion Vollers

Emily Marion Vollers passed from this world Sunday night, October 8th. As she frequently did, Em left quietly and unexpectedly after a weekend of laughs, the Disney Store, and birthday cake.

Although Emily had autism and speech was difficult for her, she was an excellent communicator. At an early age she was reading above grade level, and did so all of her 27 years. She loved the internet and spent many hours searching the web. She giggled when reminded “no inappropriate content viewing”.

As a child and later as a young adult, Emily was a happy soul and though she faced many challenges, her spirit and love of life were never dampened. She loved all babies, whether human, puppies, keets, horses, or anything else small and vulnerable. She spent hours weekly at the zoo walking and visiting her favorite animals.

Emily is survived by her parents, Anna and John Riggs of Little Rock, and Dr. Mike and Cindy Vollers of Oklahoma City,OK, her grandparents, Frances and Ed Warwick of Philadelphia, PA and Judge Jim and Margrette Vollers of Austin, TX.

She leaves her sister, Madeline Vollers of Chicago, IL, brothers, Charlie Vollers of Hagerstown,MD, Arthur and Dylan Riggs of Little Rock, Patrick and Irene Riggs of Albuquerque, NM and Thomas Riggs of Little Rock. She leaves numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 West 17th St. Little Rock, AR 72206 at 1p.m. on Friday October 13, 2017. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Little Rock Zoological Foundation or The Arkansas Autism Resource and Outreach Center.

She touched the lives of many, and will be missed by all.

Condolence Book

"Maddie and the rest of the Vollers family,

I am very sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister and daughter, Emily. You have a wonderful angel watching over you in Heaven.

I’ll be praying for your family during this difficult time
Love you Maddie <3"

Lindsay kostur | Chicago, IL

"my thoughts and prayers are with you. "
neeti sadana | oklahoma city, OK

"We will pray in church for you and your family. "
Alberto J. de Armendi, MD, PhD, MBA | Oklahoma City, OK

"Sending our love and prayers to you Anna, Senator and family. We were so saddened to learn the news of Emily and have had you in our thoughts ever since. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do."
Shane and Debbie Broadway | Bryant, AR

"Anna, may you and all of Emily’s family find some measure of solace in the memories, images, and traces of her time in this world, and may your hearts be open to the peace of Emily’s evolution to what is after. I recall her as a young child, curly red hair, mischievous grin, determined. I will try to honor the lessons she taught by example: to persevere, to think in new ways to solve problems, to connect, and allow connection. Grace and comfort to you all."
Tyra Reid | Little Rock, AR

Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength."

Emily Kearns | Little Rock, AR

"I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. Wishing you comfort and time with your loved ones during this difficult period. My thoughts are with you. "
Cassie Duncan-Azadi | Oklahoma City, OK

"Your daughter and her loving family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. "
Christine Vo | Oklahoma City, OK

" Your family will be in my prayers tonight. Love you all"
Becky Beins | Sherwood, AR

"Emily sounds like a wonderful and happy person. I will have her and you in my prayers. "
Steve Gibson | Edmond, OK

"Jim and I are saddened by the sudden loss of Emily. We hold all of you in our thoughts during this difficult time. "
Lisa Ferrell and Jim Jackson | LITTLE ROCK, AR

"Dear Anna, Mike, Charlie, Maddie and all of Emily’s family who loved her so dearly, we grieve with you. We understand the special joys and delights Emily brought into your lives that you miss so much. We pray that those memories of Emily’s joyful spirit will always sustain you in your saddest moments. All our love, Kim and Bill.


Kim and Bill | Little Rock , AR

"I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter's passing. It's sometimes difficult to remember in the activity clutter of our day to day lives how short life can be. I know she brought joy to your lives and will be missed."
Jacqueline Smith | Guthrie, OK

"Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Emily, you are in our thoughts and prayers."
Nathan & Sasha Weinreich | Boston, MA

"We are so sorry to learn of Emily's passing, and pray for the family's comfort in this difficult time. "
Tim and Nancy O'Brien | Little Rock , AR

"Deeply saddened by loss of your daughter,
Sending prayers to you and your family"

Gozde Demiralp, MD | Oklahoma City, OK

"Anna, I only knew Emily by way of your wonderful parents. You and your entire family are in the Lucas family's thoughts and prayers. "
Mark Lucas | Chicago, IL

"Expressing heartfelt sympathy to you and your family! Praying that you will be filled with happy memories and surrounded by love.
With warm thoughts, Pat Lucas"

Patricia Lucas | Greensboro, NC

"With great Sympathy, we offer our heartfelt Prayers to the family and friends of Emily.

Paul & Kathy


Paul Edens | Hensley, AR

"We wish you all love, comfort, sympathy and prayers that comes from our hearts. Please remember and cherish the good times. Grieve together and love each other together.

Jan & I are thinking of you all and praying for Emily who is in a better place in the hands of the Lord.

Vance & Jan "

Vance & Jan Strange | Conway, AR

"Anna and family, I am so very sorry to learn of your loss of Emily. There are really no words for the heartache I know you are suffering. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere condolences. Susan Day and Skip Clemmons

Susan Day | Little Rock, AR

"Dearest Anna and John, We are so sorry to hear of Emily's passing. I only got to meet her once but I knew that she was someone special. I grieve with you and your love ones at this time. Thinking of each of you and remembering you in my prayers. "
Paula and Raymond Hagerman | Sheboygan, WI

"Seeing Emily's vibrant red head of hair and remembering her beautiful spirit. It's making me smile. I know you will treasure your precious memories of her and hold her close in your heart. With my deepest condolences. "
Cathy Jordan | Little Rock, AR

"Roger & I are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Emily. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Peggy"
Peggy & Roger Dean | Doylestown, , PA

"I was so sad to hear about Emily, and am praying for comfort and peace for your family."
Brenda Toland | Norman, OK

"Anna and John,
I’m so sorry for your loss of sweet Emily.
She was a pistol!
Sending you love and prayers.

Steffany Shelton | Little Rock

"Dr. Mike and Cindy Vollers, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Shannon Williams"

Shannon Williams | Little Rock, AR

"Dear Anna,
I am shocked and saddened by the loss of your first born, beautiful daughter. Our deepest sympathy.
Dan & Barb"

Barbara Malloy | Clearfield, PA

" Dear Anna, May God comfort you and your family through this difficult time. Our sincere condolences to you.
Cassandra and The Special Programs Dept. Of LRSD"

Cassandra . Steele -LRSD | North Little Rock, AR

"Our entire family shares your pain and sorrow in your loss. Hoping that ray of sunshine that dwelled in your home will keep shining down on you from the heavens. And every time you feel it's warmth hit your faces, it will remind you of the "giggles" and the love still coming from above. "
Charles and Sandra Pudinas | Bryant, AR

"Our memories of Emily are the legacy of the love Emily had for animals at the Little Rock Zoo. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Emily and our thoughts and prayers are with you now.

Terri Branson | Little Rock, AR

"Anna, I am so sorry to hear about Emily. I so wanted to come and give you a hug, but my life is no longer my own and I had a little issue with chemo. You showed me the way through the autism world years ago and I am forever grateful. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I have no doubt someone is learning something from you!"
Connie Vogelgesang | Little Rock, AR

"our deepest sympathy. our thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
pat and Victoria Stickney | st. petersburg fl.

"Anna, my heart broke for you and your family when I heard about Anna's passing. I cannot imagine how this must be for you. Know that you have friends that love you and are here for you, and that Anna is with the other angels. Debi Barnes"
Debi Barnes | Little Rock, AR

"We were very sorry to hear of Emily's passing. I know she had a beautiful weekend to be up this way with you & John. Please let us know if we can do anything for you two. Love and prayers from your friends on the river!"
The Riley Family | Buffalo City, AR

"Anna, I want to express my deepest sympathy to your and your family in the loss of your precious Emily. I am praying for you and your family."
Aleecia Starkey | SHERWOOD, AR

"It was with great pleasure that I was able to be a small part of Emily's life when she and Anna would come into my store. I was always challenged to deliver what Emily was looking for and her happiness was always job #1. If she didn't leave happily I felt I let the whole world down. Emily to me appeared as though she was at the controls and I would gladly relinquish control to her any day! So sorry for your loss, Anna and family. "
Ed Figarsky | Henderson, NV

"Anna, Mike, Charlie and Maddie, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Emily's light and influence continue on in the autism community in Little Rock and helped educate our family, too, before we knew we would need that education. We are praying for you all. "
Anne Martin | Gainesville, FL

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