Thanksgiving had a tragic start for a St. Joseph County man. Early Thursday morning, a house fire took the life of his wife, Kathy Emery.
Clay Township Fire Territory and St. Joseph County Police responded to the call in the 19000 block of Darden road, near the intersection of Forestbrook. The call came around 1:25 Thursday morning. First responders were able to extinguish and contain the bathroom fire quickly, but it was already too late for Kathy Emery.
Her husband, Thomas Emery, is lef to deal with the aftermath of the damage, and life without his wife. But he remembers the times they shared.
"We had more fun staying at home with each other and playing rummy, playing other board games"
Emery is sad to lose his wife, but says he knows she's in a better place, and can rest easier, knowing that she died quickly.
"I know she is in a far, far better place than what she has been," says Emery. "I am accepting the fact it was quick for her, and she didn't really suffer a whole, whole lot."
Emery is confident his wife is happy.
"Now she can sit at an organ for jesus and play all them songs. And I get to hear them when I get there some day," says Emery.
In sadness, Emery hopes his tragedy will inspire others to live life to the fullest.
"It's kind of obvious I'm going to miss her. I hope anybody that sees this remembers thanksgiving and what thanksgiving all about. And to put love into your life and family, and put away all the petty garbage. Enjoy each other because tomorrow they may not be here."
Moving forward, Emery hopes to move back into his home after it's cleaned up. He says he plans to spend time with family and friends who are close to him.