Emily Towers Hartmeyer, 83, died at home in Altamonte Springs, FL on November 13, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.
Born June 28, 1933 in Laurel, MD, Emily was the only child of Irving Louis Towers and Emma Jane Tyson Towers. As a child, Emily spent her days making mud pies and climbing trees with her neighbor, William “Bill” J. Hartmeyer, Jr. Her lifelong love of music began with piano lessons from Bill’s mother.
Late in her childhood, Emily moved to Longwood, FL, where she attended Winter Park High School. After graduation, she attended Rollins College and married William P. Pardue, Jr., with whom she had a daughter, Jane Pardue Hartmeyer. After a difficult divorce, Emily built a new life for herself in Orlando and had a successful career as a secretary at several law firms and later the housing authority. Eventually, she moved to Maryland, where she spent many years working at the Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Emily reunited with her childhood friend and soulmate, Bill, and married him in 1990 at First United Methodist Church of Orlando. In 1991, she and Bill retired and moved to the Orlando area to be closer to Emily’s daughter, Jane, and Bill’s son from a previous marriage, William “John” Hartmeyer, III, who were married a decade earlier and had two daughters, Jennifer Hartmeyer Campbell and Mary Jane Simpson. Emily loved writing, learning, and traveling. As a retiree, she went back to Rollins College to finish her bachelor’s degree and earn a master’s degree. For her master’s thesis, she wrote a book about her family history, Pathways in Life Through Time: The Towers Family and Washington, D.C., 1792-1915. She travelled all over the United States, Europe, and Russia. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Orlando, the League of Woman Voters, the American Association of University Women, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Remaining active until her last month of life, Emily spent her days writing her memoirs in the company of her beloved pets, dog Fenton and cat Jerry. She braved a swift and peaceful death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill. She is survived by her daughter, Jane (husband, John), granddaughters, Jennifer (husband, Jeremiah) and Mary Jane (husband, Michael), and great-grandchildren, John and Ada Simpson. An open house will be held at her home on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 4 – 6 pm.
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