My Forever Friend Emerine, I love you with all my heart that forever is true, the light of life you bring to all will always shine on through. From the very first we talked, in my heart I knew, that you are one very special lady; there is no one else like you.
Our life's garden we grew together, to be so close as can be any two, I would not trade a moment my love of all that we have gone through, Love, live and laugh my forever friend are the words by which you live, mere words can not express the joy to all who knew you you did give.
Your faith in God you held so strong, you never flagged or waived; surely now my love you must be with our Lord and your soul forever saved.
Emerine Leonani King Manfreda's filling station is now open for service in God's Paradise. She returned home to the Lord on Sunday, July 25, 2010. Mere words can not even begin to describe the life and ways of this most remarkable woman who is my forever friend.
We have to start somewhere, so here we go. Emerine was born in Honolulu on Oahu, Hawaii at Tripler Army Hospital on August 20, 1951, to Richard C. and Rose ( Waiwaiole') King. Emerine and her brother Gene moved to the mainland when she was eight years old where she joined her dad and her step-mom, Anise Hobbs King, for the next 51 years.
Emerine grew up in Southern Oregon in the Central Point-Medford area. She was always into sports and at the age of 12 finished second in the state in women's shot put. Emerine was very active in track and field, along with cheerleading, all through her High school years. She attended Crater High School and graduated in the class of 1969, when she was 17.
Emerine's talent for detail and decoration landed her first retail job decorating the store windows for the Lerner Shops. From there, over the next 31 years in retail, she spent all of it in management. She was also a buyer for a small chain of exclusive women's boutiques. The last six years of her working career were spent at J.C.Penny Outlets in Connecticut.
Her son Clint (Bleach), the light of her life, was born on April 11, 1971. Emerine always loved the outdoors, the mountains of her Oregon as well as its beautiful sea coast at Bandon. She would run away' with Clint, her mom and dad, and brothers as often as she could to these places. Quite often Emerine would hike on her own, or go fishing on her own for hours. (Clint had gone camping by the time he was two months old!!!) She loves to fish the ocean off the jetty, she loved to hike the mountains and go mushrooming for morels. She saw God's majesty everywhere. She truly appreciated everything.
Emerine and her friends enjoyed life to the fullest, always laughter and good fun. She loved her family and friends with all her heart. Emerine loved people. All who knew Emerine always said that it was Emerine's spirit that carried them through when things were tough many times. Emerine was always positive. She always looked on, and always found, the bright side of things. She never gave up, she never quit. And she always had a faith in the Lord that is second to none. Emerine would always say I'm in God's hands.' And she would pray for His help. Emerine always accepted people for who they are and made friends everywhere she went.
Among those of us left to carry on, are her mom, Anise Hobbs King, of Medford, Ore.; her son, Bleach King, of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Sarah Anne Manfreda, of Wallingford, Conn.; brothers, Frank Escalante, of Jacksonville, Fla., Gene and Rick King, of Medford, Ore., and Seth Umiamaka, of Hawaii; nieces ,nephews, cousins, uncles, and numerous friends from Hawaii and coast to coast; and me.
Emerine often said that she wanted to be cremated and have her ashes spread either in the mountains of Oregon or by the sea at Bandon. She shall have both, plus she will also be returning to the island of Kauai, her ohana are the Waiwaioles from Kapaa, Kauai Hawaii. Emerine didn't want any funeral or services. She wanted people to remember her for who she is. She also wanted one heck of a blow out party at her family's home in Medford; she shall have that too. In lieu of any flowers you may have wished to send, we ask that you consider a donation to Papaolalokahi.org. Diabetes is rampant among native Hawaiians and this organization specializes in research using modern techniques and traditional Hawaiian medicine to improve the lives of the native Hawaiian people.
Oh and about Emerines gas station. Her first job out of high school was at a carwash which had gas pumps. She always loved the smell of gasoline and would often say When I get to heaven, I'm going to own a gas station." Her dad and youngest brother Ronnie are already there getting the station all spiffed up and ready for her. So when your time comes, stop by and see her. She'll be so happy to see you, and if you may be "going the other way," you got to fill up anyway!
To my daughter, Sarah, my son, Bleach, and my little sis', Mildred, from my heart, I pray you will find a love like Emerine and I have. Seeing this come to fruition couldn't make Emerine and I happier.