Emily Marie Fitzhugh loved to crack jokes, watch NASCAR

Monday, December 30, 2013 | 6:39 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Emily Marie Fitzhugh was a bubbly person who could take a joke, her family said, but she could give it right back.

She worked at three restaurants on Business Loop 70, and they all went out of business, her father Wayne Overbeck said. "I would say 'You must have ate up everything.'"

Even if she was bad luck for the restaurants, she didn't hesitate to brag when her scratch-off lottery ticket winnings beat her parents' tickets.

"She was always calling us to rub it in," said Overbeck. "The biggest she won was $500."

Emily Marie Fitzhugh of Ashland died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. She was 39. She died after spending 11 days at University Hospital for pneumonia.

Mrs. Fitzhugh was born Nov. 7, 1974, in Boone County, to Wayne and Gail (Marriott) Overbeck.

She married Jeff Fitzhugh on Feb. 13, 2008.

"Everyone loved her," Overbeck said. "Once you met her, you liked her."

Mrs. Fitzhugh loved NASCAR, and she often attended races at the Kansas Speedway with her family, Overbeck said. On race days, she was always eager to get out of the door first thing in the morning and cheer on her favorite driver, Tony Stewart.

Mrs. Fitzhugh is survived by her husband, Jeff Fitzhugh of Ashland; a son, Deven Overbeck of Ashland; her parents, Wayne and Gail Overbeck of Columbia; a sister, Erika Brady and her husband, Josh, of Columbia; a nephew, Jace Brady of Columbia; and her mother-in-law, Twila Gilpin of Ashland.

Her grandparents, George and Hazel Marriott, and a brother-in-law, Matt Fitzhugh, died earlier.

Visitation will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd., Ashland. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the same location. Burial will follow at Woodcrest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Deven Overbeck Education Fund through the Missouri Credit Union. 

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