Emily Jean Weixler McCay of Louisville relocated her glittery spirit and gained her angel’s wings Nov. 23, at the age of 42. Her over two year battle with leukemia, including two stem cell transplants, was courageous, gracious and inspiring. It ended peacefully, on her terms, at home with family by her side in the “Cuddle Huddle.”
She was a lover of glitter and sparkles, campfires, champagne, good vibes only and music festivals. She exuded joy and caring with a radiant smile and a ready hug. She loved and received love with abandon. Those who knew Emily describe her as vibrant, compassionate, an excellent listener, welcoming, intelligent, intense and relaxed, but the superlatives could go on forever. She inspired many with her bravery during her illness but also with how she handled the mundane, found joy in the everyday and lived with intention for the present.
Emily was a Louisville native and graduate of Seneca High School in 1994, and then a proud graduate of the Centre College Class of 1998. Emily was an environmentalist throughout her life. During high school, she was appointed to an environmental commission by the Governor, becoming the youngest Kentuckian to hold a state-level commission.
Her professional career included non-profit work helping install water systems in rural Kentucky towns and outside sales, including eight years of specialty medical sales, where she won multiple awards and accolades. She will be best and most fondly remembered professionally as “The Diaper Fairy,” founder and chief glitter officer of the Diaper Fairy cloth diaper delivery service and the Diaper Fairy Cottage, which operated from 2010-17. Her business provided cloth diaper delivery and a natural parenting retail store, but she most valued educating and providing a supportive, nurturing community to help families conquer the challenges of being parents.
She was a strong advocate for small and local businesses even after closing her own business after her illness. She served on the board of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance from 2015-2016. She was a celebrated and respected entrepreneur. In 2013, she was selected by Origin Magazine as a Most Inspiring Woman. She won the 2014 Greater Louisville Incorporated Inc.credible Greening/Sustainability Award. In 2015, she won the Louisville Eccentric Observer Readers’ Choice Award for Best Entrepreneur.
Emily most valued her roles as a mother, wife, daughter, sister and mentor and friend to countless others. Even those with whom she may have only been acquainted could not help but be moved or impacted by Emily’s smile, her charm and passion for life.
She leaves behind Dave, her husband of almost 16 years; her shining light daughter, Camille; parents, Christopher Weixler and Pamela (Scott) Weixler; and brother, Christopher Alan Weixler Jr. (Robyn). She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Emily and her family wish to sincerely thank the nurses, doctors and providers and staff of Siteman Cancer Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, as well as the Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. We also deeply appreciate the care of the nurses, doctors and providers and staff of Hosparus Health for their contribution to Emily’s care in her final amazing days. Last, and certainly not least, thank you to the Emily Conquers Leukemia (ECL) nation of hundreds for love, support, good vibes and caring in so many ways during our journey.
Emily will be cremated and her ashes will, of course, be mixed with biodegradable glitter, which Dave and Camille plan to spread all the places they may travel. Emily felt very strongly that her energy will remain for those who need it while her human suit, as she liked to call it, returns to stardust. She will rest knowing that our memories and love for her will remain forever.
To honor Emily, a celebration of life party and visitation took place at the Speed Art Museum on Nov. 30. A memorial service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church took place on Dec. 1.
In lieu of flowers, Emily asked that those who are interested to please donate to Hope Scarves, a locally-founded organization created to provide hope and support to women with cancer. You can also donate to the Emily Weixler McCay Scholarship established in her memory at Centre College. The scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to a student whose life has been affected by cancer.
Robert Wayne Estopinal
A funeral mass for Robert Wayne Estopinal, 63, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, was held on Dec. 10, 2018, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Jeffersonville, with burial following in Walnut Ridge Cemetery. Visitation was held at Scott Funeral Home. A celebration of Wayne’s life that included live music and memories from his close friends and colleagues was held at Scott Funeral Home as well. Wayne passed away on Nov. 30, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Wayne Estopinal; his parents, Robert Jules Estopinal and Martha Jane Bennett Driver; grandparents, Edna Harrell Bennett and Wentworth (Buttons) Bennett; and a brother, Mark Bennett Estopinal.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 40 years, Thresa Taylor Estopinal; a daughter, Ashley Nicole Estopinal; a son, Andrew Wayne Estopinal; a brother, Steven Wentworth Driver (Linda Jackson); a niece, Kendra Bennett Driver; and a nephew, Gregory Wentworth Driver.
Wayne was born on Sept. 19, 1955, in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1973 and then from Ball State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s of science in architecture. After graduation from Ball State, Wayne and Thresa relocated back home to Jeffersonville. His first job was with James and Associates working for Richard “Dick” Scott. His first solo project under Dick was Mr. Don’s Restaurant. Dick was his mentor throughout life and when Dick was to “retire” he came to work for Wayne. Re-uniting the two was an incredible experience and left lasting impressions for them both and the entire staff at TEG Architects (formerly called The Estopinal Group). Wayne and his family will forever be grateful for Dick Scott.
Wayne worked for Godsey Associates and Humana in Louisville before relocating to Dallas, Texas, in 1986 to work for VHA Enterprises. In June 1989, Wayne and Thresa founded The Estopinal Group in their bedroom, moved to their garage and returned to Jeffersonville in 1991. They built a TEG Headquarters in 1993 where they remain today. TEG is an internationally known architectural firm with offices in Jeffersonville, Louisville and Shreveport, Louisiana.
A few of Wayne’s architectural accomplishments in the Kentuckiana area include: Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex, Jeffersonville City Hall, Jeffersonville Police Station, Scott Funeral Home, Clark Memorial Hospital, New Albany Fire Station, University of Louisville’s Lynn Stadium, Big Four Station and the YMCA of Jeffersonville and New Albany.
Wayne was involved with numerous affiliations, charities, organizations and foundations throughout his life. He previously served on the Greenway Commission in Jeffersonville, Clark Memorial Hospital Foundation Board and the Board of Directors at Your Community Bank. Wayne was actively on the Ball State University Board of Trustees, BSU Alumni Council and BSU Foundation. In the Louisville area, he was active with the Louisville Sports Commission board of directors, Louisville Zoo Foundation board of directors, Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts of America board of directors and the Chicago Fire Juniors Kentucky board of directors.
Wayne was very active in the soccer community of Louisville and nationwide. He was responsible for bringing professional soccer to Louisville as the founder of the current USL team Louisville City FC as well as former PASL indoor team Louisville Lightning. He was a minority owner and board of directors member for the Orlando City Soccer Club of the MLS and owner and managing partner of Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club in Louisville.
Wayne was always thinking of ways to improve what was and create new ideas. He was faced with the dilemma of how Louisville City FC could play at Slugger Field with a pitching mound in the middle of the playing field. As always with his creative mind, he scratched ideas on napkins and came up with a retractable mound, which would allow baseball, soccer and other events to take place in the same venue. It is now its own business entity called the Esto Retractable, a brilliant idea that he turned into a reality that no one thought could happen.
He was full of love and caring for his family, the TEG family, friends, clients, associates and everyone he met, which will live on in their hearts forever. His family believes he was the hardest working human being on the face of this earth, who never stopped imagining, being creative and challenging everyone around him to be the best they can be. The family will continue his legacy.
In lieu of flowers, Wayne’s family requests expressions of sympathy to be made to The Estopinal Family Foundation, 903 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN, 47130. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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