Emma L. Ransom
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Emma Lin Ransom, born 13 Febuary 19?? in Las Vegas,
Nevada is the seventh and last child of the Ransom family. She was born at
the time when the family was being transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah. Father
parent was working in Salt Lake City and coming home on weekends. Labor was
induced so Emma would be born one day earlier than expected so her father
could be present. That made it one day before Valentine's day.
She was born with a valve in her stomach not fully developed, so it was
almost impossible to get any food to stay in her stomach. When she was six
months old she weighed a few ounces less than birth weight. We went to many
doctors, and were told they could not find a problem, so she must have an
ulcer. They could not see one, but it must be there. On a flight to Salt
Lake City one day, Emma's mom was speaking to a flight attendant and the
subject of Emma' problem came up. The flight attendant said she had a neighbor
who was a pediatrician, and would see if there was any way a cure could be
found. The doctor called from Texas where she was at a convention, and arranged
for Emma to be seen at Primary Children's Hospital the next day, and she
would be back as soon as she could. She thought she had diagnosed the problem,
but wanted verification. The testing proved her right, and Emma was put on
a special food suppliment to help with the problem. It worked, too, and within
a few months Emma was back to normal body weight for a baby. We found out
later that Emma was the first patient of the pediatrician starting private
Emma started her education at Florence Elementary in the Keller, Texas
school district. She was a very quiet child, so the teacher had a time getting
her to say anything. When they changed teachers in the middle of the school
year, it only compounded the problem. We were told at Christmas time that
Emma did not know her address or phone number, so she was behind the others
in the class. It was curious to us, as she had known them since before starting
school. At the end of the school year, the teacher recommended that Emma
be held back from first grade and put in a special kindergarten that was
being tested for slower children, since Emma was not learning as rapidly
as she should have been. After consultation with the teacher and the principal
of the school, it was decided that Emma should go on into the first grade,
a decision that was never questioned. Her grades have been in the top of
her class ever since. Even to the point of being inducted in the National
Honor Society during her junior year of high school.
During the second grade, the family moved to Irving, Texas, and Emma finished
her elementary education at Thomas Haley Elementary, then went on to Sam
Houston Middle School. It was there that she wanted to follow the family
tradition and join the band. She said that since her father and three brothers
played the saxophone, two sisters played the flute, and one brother played
the trombone, she wanted to do something different. She opted to learn to
play the oboe. She played it in the symphonic band all through her middle
school and high school career. During the last three years of her school,
Emma found choir and drama. She was in a number of plays put on by the drama
department, and took some awards for them and won her letter for drama. She
was in the Denton High School chorale in her senior year when they did a
concert tour to Vienna, Salzburg and Paris. It was a wonderful trip, capped
off by a concert at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. I don't know how she
found the time, but during her last year of high school she worked for Hobby
Lobby in Denton, Texas.
After graduation, Emma moved in with some friends in Denton, Texas and
started her college career at North Central Texas College in Corinth, Texas, and started
working for The Associates, (acquired by Citigroup) in the collections department. It was a great
job for a student, as the pay is good and she can set her own schedule. Just
about the time school ended for the year 2002, Citigroup moved it's office
from Denton and released almost all the employees in Denton. It was not
too bad, though, because Emma is now happily studying in Idaho.
She says that her major is criminal justice, but from the sounds of things,
she is actually majoring in Boys. She still wants to finish her college
education before getting serious about any one boy, though. She is planning
to get her associates degree then transfer next year to BYU-Hawaii. I hope
it works out that way.
Emma has joined one of the University choirs, and his having another good
time. She is one of those people who love to sing and enjoys music.
Hopefully she will continue in her singing career.
(April 2003) School is out for the Spring semester, and Emma decided she wanted a
break from classes. She came to Georgia to visit, but stayed in the
Atlanta area to work for the summer. She has decided to remain in Idaho
for her bachelor's degree since BYU-Hawaii does not offer a course of
study in her field of interest. She is studying Psychology with an
emphasis on criminal justice. Hmmm.
(September 2003) Emma is now back in school and enjoying it. She works as cashier
in the cafeteria. She was going to be in charge of the desserts, but
when the manager found she was experienced in working the cash register
he changed his mind. Too bad it does not include a raise. But, she
gets to meet lots of people (read that guys) and is making lots of
friends. She now has a calling in her ward. She is a counselor in
the Relief Society. That's a good place for her. She will do well.
(May 2004) Emma is with her parents again for the summer.
She obtained a part-time job at Franklin Covey and really enjoys it.
She comes home every day with a lot of fun stories about her co-workers
and customers. She enjoys it so much she would like to transfer in the
fall. Now if she can talk Franklin Covey into opening a store in Idaho...
She was able to (finally) obtain an oboe at the start of the summer, and
really enjoys being able to again play it. We found a salesman at one
of the music stores here who is really a music teacher and may be able
to get Emma into a good music school, if she decides to continue her
education in music. She is considering that. Especially if she gets a
full scholorship. Oboe players are not very plentiful, and she is good,
so she may be able to pursue a music career.
(March 2005) It's getting close! Emma is set for graduation on the 23rd
of April of this year. If the deans and counselors or BYUI were not making small talk,
she will get a small stipend at graduation. (They said that any student who graduates
from BYUI and is not married will be elgible to receive $500.)
She is still trying to determine her next step. She has
applied for a counselor position at EFY for the summer, but as yet has not heard any
word on that appointment. She has also been murmuring something about serving a mission
for the church.
Emma has been invited to spend the summer with her sister in Hawaii. That is one of the
possibilities open to her. She has also been talking about coming with her parents to
Georgia for another summer, maybe to get back with Franklin Covey. She really liked that,
and was good at the sales of their items. She may take a semester off from school to get
everything all together for graduate school. That may not be a bad idea, either. She
has been pretty intense with her studies for the last 4 years, so maybe a break is what is
needed at this point. Anyway, whatever she chooses, I am sure will work out for the
(May 2005) She really did it!!! Emma got her BS in Psychology from BYU-I on 23 April
2005. To see some of the pictures taken at graduation, please see
the graduation photo site. She is now with her parents in Atlanta, but getting ready to go to Hawaii in
the near future. Probably sometime after some weddings in the middle of May. She has
a cousin getting married then, and would like to be here for his wedding. She is still
trying to decide whether to work for a while or continue with schooling immediately. She
is looking at several universities for her master's.
It is really great having her here with us for a while. We know that when the time
is right she will be off doing something else. She has been talking about going on a
mission for our Church, but that is still in the talking stages. She has a couple of
friends (boys, of course) returning from missions shortly, and I think she wants to wait
to see what will happen when they come back. She has a job working for Franklin-Covey
in the Atlanta area. The manager liked her and wanted her back, and it will give her a
chance to take some time off to visit some colleges to check out continuing education. She
has until February to decide where she wants to go and get her applications sent.
(12 May 2006) Exciting day!! Emma got the word today she has been accepted into the Master's
program at Marymount University, in Virginia. She decided earlier this year that
is where she would like to go, since they work in her field of interest. She applied,
but was put on a waitlist, to be notified mid-May. We are all so excited for her, and
wish her the best in her schooling. She has been talking about transferring with Franklin
Covey to their store in Mclean, Virginia so she can keep working. We hope it works
out well for her.
(31 August 2006) She made it. Last weekend Emma, along with her mom and dad, took
her car full of stuff, and dad's truck full of stuff, and went to Virginia. Then she
started school on Monday. She lives in a house with 3 other girls. It is in a great location,
just a few minutes from her work and a few more from her school. That is if she does not
get lost. It's easy in Virginia, I noticed when we were there. She called me on
Tuesday, and said she got lost and that her 20 minute drive from school took
over 2 hours, but the Washington Monument is pretty at night from the highway.
We wish Emma the best, and have total confidence that she will do good at what
(February 2008) Latest update on Emma. She has been studing hard and working hard to finish up
her Master's degree. She has had a couple of breaks in the monotony, though. She was able to go with
us to Romania for Ovidiu and Mickey's wedding in July 2007. Then back to the grind, but a good break.
Then at the last minute (something peculiar to airline people, I think), she decided she wanted
to be in Hawaii for the blessing of Sharon's boy baby. So, she took a few days off work, hopped on
over, and was there for the blessing. Then back to Virginia to school.
She started her internship for her degree the day she got back from Hawaii. She is interning
with the Metro Police Department in Washington DC. That in itself is frightening, but we are sure
she will be able to handle it. She says she is doing research on cold case files. (her degree is
in criminal foresnics). But she will be doing some ride-alongs with detectives on a few occasions.
That may prove to be exciting. I think she said she would do some ride-alongs with street patrols,
too. That may prove to be even more exciting.
She is on track to graduate in May (or is it June) of 2008. Then comes the hard part — being
out in the real world.
(April 2008) The word has come down. Emma will be graduating from Marymount University on
Sunday, 11 May 2008 at 2:00 in the afternoon. The ceremony will be held in D.A.R. Constitution Hall,
in Washington, DC. You can count on Mom and Dad being there. It is by ticket only, so seating is
limited. But there will be a lot of room outside if anyone would like to go and congratulate her.
She has had a good time doing internship at the DC Metro Police Department working with cold
case files. She says she has learned a lot and met some nice people. (live ones) She tells
me now that she is contemplating taking the opportunity to continue her education in Prague.
That sounds like it would be a great opportunity. Especially if it's a fellowship or
scholarship, or something like that.
After all is said and done, she is still not sure where she will be employed. There have been a
lot of opportunities presented, so it's deciding what to do.
(May 2008) She did it. She really did it!!! Emma graduated with her Masters of Arts in Foresnic
Psychology from Marymount University on the 12th of May of 2008. The graduation was held
in Washington, DC. Mom and dad got to go and took a few pictures. You can see them
here. We did not get a lot of pictures.
It was raining too hard that day to be outside for very long.
Next, she gets to go on a learning internship in Prague. I found out is only for a week. It
happens in July of this year. It sounds like a great experience. During the time they will be doing
some touring and sightseeing, as well as studying something about International crime and foresnics.
Now it's out into the real world. We all wish her the best of luck in finding gainful employment,
and all that. She does have a couple of offers that sound promising, so here's hoping one of them work
out well for her.
(July 2009) A little update on Emma. I have been remiss in keeping this site up to date. Hopefully, it will get better.
Emma left her job at Franklin Covey to work for her old District manager as the assistant manager of a retail jewelry store in the DC area. It's not what she wants to do, but it is paying most of the bills until her job of choice comes along. She is, for some reason, talking about New Zealand. That sounds like a good place to be, and it will be so much fun visiting her.
She is doing her last year as a counselor at EFY this summer. She got to do all 6 weeks of EFY in Virginia, and is enjoying it very much. Then it's back to the real world again, and back in the rat race. We are all hoping that things work out for her the way she wants.