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Emma Couture Obituary

Emma L. Couture
Emma L. Couture

June 10, 1998 - November 13, 2017
Born in St. Petersburg, FL
Resided in New York, NY
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Emma Couture, 19, died Nov. 13 in New York City after an unexpected cardiac arrest. Emma was born and raised in St. Petersburg and graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at St. Petersburg High School in 2016. In her sophomore year at Marymount Manhattan, Emma was a double major in directing/producing and stage management. She was enthusiastic, vivacious and fearless in her pursuit of life and the theater. She collapsed running lines for a play she was helping direct, and it's a comfort for her family to know her last conscious moments were on a stage. Emma was also known for her star turn on Jeopardy! Kids Week in 2011, which she won. She was known for her giant smile and laugh, endless chatter and boundless energy that rubbed off on those she met. Emma gave the greatest hugs imaginable. Through organ donation, she helped many others continue to live. Emma is survived by her parents, Peter Couture and Wilma Norton; her sister, Hannah; paternal grandmother, Marie Couture of St. Petersburg; maternal grandparents, Keith and Rita Norton of Webster, Kentucky; aunt and uncle Martha and Kerry Kasey of Irvington, Kentucky; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins. A service of life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 4545 Chancellor St. NE, St. Petersburg, with a visitation at 2 p.m. There will be a reception for you to spend time sharing memories of Emma at 4 p.m. Then, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at St. Petersburg High School's theater at 2501 5th Ave. N, a joyous Emma Cabaret will celebrate the devoted thespian. No black clothes needed, unless they bring you joy. Bright lipstick encouraged. Dress as you would if you were going to a production with Emma. Because you are. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay at, where a memorial fund is established in Emma's name.




Lutheran Church of the Cross
4504 Chancellor St. NE
St. Petersburg, FL USA 33703
Sunday, November 19, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lutheran Church of the Cross
4504 Chancellor St. NE
St. Petersburg, FL USA 33703
Sunday, November 19, 2017
3:00 PM


Emma Couture Scholarship Fund
4300 West Cypress St., Suite 700
Tampa, FL 33607


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