Staff Sgt. Emily Elizabeth Clayburn died suddenly on Monday, January 14, 2013, at MacDill AFB, in Tampa, Florida. She was 29.
Born on June 29, 1983, she was the daughter of Robert Clayburn and Michelle Palkovic Clayburn. Emily graduated in 2001 from Canajoharie High School, where she was very competitive on the swim team. Following graduation, she took time off from her education to figure out what she wanted to do with her life, working various jobs in the community.
In 2003, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, embarking on a career that would take her to Iraq twice, South Korea, Germany and around the nation. At the time of her passing, she was stationed with the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base.
Emily will be remembered as the girl who would make everyone laugh. She enjoyed the outdoors and spending time on the Great Sacandaga Lake and visiting her hometown. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her parents; her sister, Barbara Bianchi and her husband Guy of Rochester, New York; her beloved niece and nephew, Jack and Katherine Bianchi; her grandmother, Anne Clayburn of Palatine Bridge, New York; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, January 21, 2013, at 11:00 o'clock at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 115 Reid Street, Fort Plain, New York, 13339. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Sandflats, Fonda, New York, with full military honors. Relatives and friends are invited and may call today, Sunday January 20, 2013, from 3:00 until 6:00 pm at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, TAPS, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Suite 630, Arlington, VA 22201 or www.TAPS.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317. Please visit Emily's guestbook online at www.brbsfuneral.com.