By Donna Parker
It’s hard to believe that Sara Collins Emerick ’38 is 90 years old. She’s still busy working on organizing her home library and researching her genealogy—this, after writing four books on her family life and hometown of Las Cruces, N.M.—one of them, 1,000 pages long. Her books include many stories of her time at Trinity, and the University has these writings archived with other papers dealing the class year of 1938 in the Coates University Library for anyone interested.
“I have a sense of history that I don’t think should be lost. My books center on my family life, but also on the history of church and the Christian Day Nursery, here in Las Cruces. That nursery was a significant part of the life of our town for 50 years. It gave women a place to leave their children when they went to work—quite the novel concept many years ago,” says this gentle woman.
Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Trinity in 1938 and remembers her Spanish teacher Nelle Robinson, department of modern languages and literatures, as a “very special” teacher. While in school, Sara met her future husband, Lewis Emerick ’38. She and Lewis were crowned king and queen of the senior class, and shortly after graduation, Lewis was hired as a high school coach.
“He was the first Trinitonian of 1938 to get a job!” she says with a little laugh.
Sara taught school in several small Texas towns and fondly remembers staging and winning a one-act-play in the Interscholastic League. When she and Lewis relocated to Las Cruces, they founded Emerick Real Estate and Construction, Inc., becoming the premier residential and commercial real estate developers in that town.
Together, she and Lewis also went on to have three children and nine grandchildren.
“My children and grandchildren are my greatest achievement! They are remarkable, by anyone’s standards. My son, Ed, is a homebuilder here in Las Cruces. My daughter, Libby, owns a church in Portland, Ore., where she has a pastoral care ministry, and daughter, Camilla, is a teacher and guidance counselor in Oklahoma,” says this proud mom, who also has 12 great-grandchildren.
“Spend all of your time with your children and teach them. Finally, keep a record of what you and your family do, as that is very significant.”
That is exactly what she continues to do in her home, which is actually a former convent. Her faith is never far away.
“I’m still living on my own and continue to enjoy the beauty of my home and my life. I would tell anyone who asks to look to God for your direction, because He always knows the way.”
You may contact Sara at email@example.com