Celebration of Life
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.