Schreiber, Emily Christine

Accomplished Scuba Diver And Longtime Paramedic

  • Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Emily Christine Schreiber
Emily Christine Schreiber

Emily Christine Schreiber of Chattanooga, Tennessee, formerly of Allegany, NY, died on June 2, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Emily was brought into this world on Jan. 15, 1974, at St. Francis Hospital in Olean, NY with her grandfather, Dr. George Cash, delivering her into the loving arms of her mother, Caroline and father, George J. Schreiber III of Allegany, NY. She grew to be an educated, kind, adventurous, forever positive, and always loving daughter, sister, aunt, and wife.

Emily attended St. Bonaventure Parish School, Allegany Middle School, Archbishop Walsh High School, the University of Iowa and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her love of travel and adventure took her to Australia for her Junior Year of high school as an Olean New York Exchange Club exchange student. And that was only the beginning!

Emily mastered all levels of scuba diving and was one of the first SSI TekXR divers in the Chattanooga area and the first woman with that certification in Tennessee. She was an HBO Diver for the Erlanger Health System Hyperbaric Medicine team. Emily became a certified scuba instructor traveling the world helping enthusiasts enjoy time in the marvels of the oceans. She ran a Scuba Rangers program for young children eight years and older in Chattanooga and took children to many exciting places such as an overnight under the water arch in the Tennessee Aquarium, to Florida to swim with the manatees, and to dive in Key Largo. Her favorite young scuba divers were her nieces and nephews who had the great pleasure of learning how to dive with their Aunt Emily.

Emily met the love of her life, fellow diving partner and “road-trip extraordinaire planner” Ed Hill and married him in front of the Whale Shark Exhibit inside the Georgia Aquarium on April 30, 2016. You couldn’t find a more beautiful wedding spot for two scuba divers!

Emily’s life work was in the paramedic field. She was a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic. She was a supervisor of the Chattanooga Erlanger paramedic staff for many years and worked for the Walker County Fire and Rescue Department. Emily moved on to work in the Gulf of Mexico where she was the solo paramedic on multiple drill ships and production platforms. Not many people, let alone a woman, could have become such a beloved and respected member of the rig. Her family will miss their “resident medical expert”. Emily would always answer the most obscure medical questions, sometimes with a good laugh at the situation before dispensing her knowledge!

Emily leaves behind her husband Ed Hill, her parents and three siblings who, along with their families, were the delight of her life: George IV (Rachael), Luke (Jessica), and Claire (Brem Stoner) Schreiber and their precious children: George Addison, Faith, Reece, Cecilia, Norah, Caroline, Gus, and Alice who will miss her terribly. She is also survived by her father-in-law, James Hill, eight aunts, four uncles and many cousins.

Thank you to the many friends along her pathway of life that made it so special for her. You were truly blessings in her life. What a loss for all of us—she was a ray of sunshine.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations can be sent to the charity of one’s choice.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Parish life center and a 12-1 p.m. funeral service will be on Wednesday, June 14, at St. Jude Catholic Church and Life Center, 930 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415. Luncheon immediately following the service in the parish life center.

There will be no cemetery services as Emily will eventually be buried in NY.

Arrangements are entrusted to Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415, 423 877-3524.

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