Friends of a woman from Bartlesville who died in a car crash over the weekend say the world is a little darker without her in it.
Emily Hood's friends said she had a gift of making every people feel special. They said her kindness, humor, and empathy are exactly what the world needs.
When friends talk about Emily Hood-- they can't help but gush.
"It was so from the heart," said Jessica Herrington. "She cared about everyone she came in contact with."
"She made us all feel special," said Kelley Becker.
Reverend Kelley Becker at Disciples Christian Church met Emily, her husband Danny, and their two kids Nate and Luke a few years ago when they began attending the church.
"The more I knew her, the more I loved her," said Becker.
Becker said Emily loved her family deeply and describes her as someone who made everyone feel like they mattered.
"She was able to find the good in people and find the nuggets of joy in each day," Becker said.
Emily died after a head-on crash on US-75 near Ramona on Friday. Her husband and kids survived and so did the other driver.
"It's been devastating," Herrington said.
Jessica Herrington worked with Emily as a children's therapist. She said they've been friends for many years and remembers Emily's loud laugh, kindness, and ability to brighten her day.
"Her comedic relief was spot on," Herrington said. "She made everyone feel so much better."
Herrington said as a therapist, Emily went above and beyond for all her patients.
"We loved her dearly."
"She was just a happy, happy light in the world," Becker said.
Troopers couldn't release the cause of the crash yet.
Emily's husband Danny said in a statement: "Emily was an amazing daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. She loved people authentically and made people feel special and valued in a way few others can. Her empathy and fun-loving spirit shaped nearly all her interactions with her family, friends, and clients. She was silly, creative and she put so much effort into making life joyful. She truly made the world a better place for the many, many people she loved."
Her funeral is set for Friday at 2 at the First Christian Church in Bartlesville.
Instead of flowers, the family is asking for donations to a nonprofit.
You can find obituary info HERE.