Florida woman writes her own sassy obituary

This Florida Woman Wrote Her Own Sassy Obituary
This Florida Woman Wrote Her Own Sassy Obituary

Just days before she died of pancreatic cancer on March 25, Emily Debrayda Phillips penned her own poignant and humorous obituary.

Now the piece is making a big impact despite her loss. Published on Tuesday in the Florida Times-Union, the obituary has nearly 5,000 likes on the paper's Facebook page. And, it's easy to see why.

"...please don't cry because I'm gone; instead be happy that I was here...Today I am happy and I am dancing. Probably naked," Phillips wrote.

The elementary school teacher died just 29 days after her diagnosis, but used the obituary to teach one final lesson about life. "..in the end, remember...do your best, follow your arrow, and make something amazing out of your life. Oh, and never stop smiling," she wrote.

Phillips payed tribute to her husband, children and grandchildren in the piece. "For all her career, she taught elementary school students, but wow, what she taught adults here at the end is just as impactful, just as special...I couldn't be more proud of my mom," her daughter Bonnie Phillips Upright said on Today.com.

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