Emma MacKay Hall – The Martha’s Vineyard Times


Emma MacKay Room tragically passed away on the evening of December 19, 2020, at the age of 22.

Emma was the very definition of an island girl. She loved her parents, sisters, dogs, her close circle of friends and the place they all called home. She was kind, loving, generous to the limit, and the life of the party; her smile and laughter lit up every room she entered. She was hardworking, passionate, sensitive and strong, but above all a devoted and loyal friend taken far too soon. Anyone lucky enough to be touched by Emma’s larger than life presence will miss her every day.

Emma was born in Oak Bluffs at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on November 25, 1998 and attended MVH Kindergarten, Garden Gate, Oak Bluffs School and MVRHS, where she graduated in June 2017 with honors. The highlight of his high school career was his trip abroad with his beloved Mrs. Weintraub to Ireland; Emma always joked that she was going back to “her homeland”.

Emma’s college plans took a non-traditional path, but during her journey she discovered her true passion and was working on her Early Childhood / Special Education degree at Lesley University and hoped to incorporate her love of dogs. and art as therapeutic tools in his classroom. . Emma discovered her love for preschool education during a gap year while working at Project Headway and made connections with women she worked with, whom she considered her mentors: Emily Walker, Becki Fontaine and Grace Robinson.

Emma was a beloved nanny to many families, often preferring to work with babies and infants, but had one exception, caring for her godmother, Dawn Warner’s son, Augie, whom she loved and cherished every time. moment of their stupidity together.

In her free time, Emma enjoyed being at the beach with her mother and sisters. She was a fish out of the water and affectionately known as a “baby seal” by her family, often staying in the water for hours, enticing people to swim to the sandbar with her. Everywhere Emma went, music rang out. She had a passion to attend concerts with her sisters and friends and to share her favorite artists with anyone who wanted to listen to her.

Emma had many gifts that she was quick to share with others. She was a skilled baker, often dropping off treats for friends. Her love of craftsmanship and manufacturing meant her family and friends were showered with homemade gifts, whether there was something to celebrate or not.

While in elementary school, Emma began volunteering at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society‘s annual Cattle Show and Fair with her sister Charlotte and mother, a tradition that has continued. for 10 years until graduation from high school. Devoting thousands of hours of her time, Emma spent most of her summer months behind the scenes doing whatever she was asked to do, forging strong bonds with another group of women she considered to be. mentors and called them “the beautiful ladies”. Her favorite part of those summers was working with Charlotte in Cattle Judging, where she happily followed Steve, the State Judge, with her basket of ribbons.

Our world will never be quite the same again, but to keep its spirit alive, hug your friends and family a little closer, do something special for someone, and donate to your favorite local organization, just because that’s what our Emma would do.

Emma is survived by her parents, Peter and Helen Hall, her sisters Sarah Hall Mercaldo (and her husband Kyle) and Charlotte L. Hall, her beloved dogs, Winnie, Chester and Daisy, many uncles, aunts and cousins, her grandmother Patricia L Holland, and a circle of close friends whom she considered to be family. Emma’s beloved grandmother she was named, Shirley MacKay Hall, predeceased her on July 19, 2020.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Emma’s life will take place at a later date. Our family has established a scholarship through the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation in honor of Emma and plan to establish a bakery award at the Ag Fair as well as a scholarship fund for children’s art at Featherstone. . In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of the three listed on Emma’s behalf.

The family would like to thank the members of our remarkable community. These random acts of kindness that we find ourselves receiving are a wonderful reminder of how our Emma lived her life. For us, his family, COVID was a gift of time spent together, laughing, cooking, remembering, building Legos, and binge-watching series and movies. It is this gift of time spent together that we will cherish forever.


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