Emily herrington is remembered fondly for her love of nature and dedication to recycling and conservation. The Wabashiki trail held special meaning to Emily. Her late husband, Randy, helped to build and maintain the levee as a member of the West Vigo Levee Association.
Randy and emily were active in the West Terre Haute/West Vigo Community throughout their lives. Each grew up within blocks of what is now Dewey POint, the site of Emily's Walk. Now in it's fifth year, The walk begins at the Wabashiki trail head (Dewey Point) continuing west on National Ave tO The Sugar Creek Bridge on Hwy 40 turning left at the levee/salvage yard and back to Dewey Point shelter (~2.7 mi total).
During her married life, Emily was “the great woman behind the great man” in support of all of Randy’s community endeavors. From the 1950’s to the 2000’s they were committed to countless community organizations. They hoped to inspire others to join in the continued beautification and celebration of the Wabashiki trail, a shining star in greater Vigo County.
Randy and Emily raised 3 children in West terre haute. Chris Herrington, Randa (Herrington) Deacon, and Cathy (herrington) Schwab are the founders of emily's walk and continue their parents' pursuit of positive community impact. In its short history, Emily's Walk has provided the community with a viewing scope at dewey point shelter and a bench in the learning center located at the West Branch of the vigo county public library. In 2019 Emily's walk sponsored the inaugural "Kids Day at Dewey Point" for all 3rd graders in the west vigo community. in 2020 Emily's Walk will once again sponsor.
After Randy's passing in 2003, Emily continued to give back to her community through her active membership in the Friends of the vigo county library, the Audubon society, the spay neuter society, and the Indiana extension Homemakers association. She is remembered as an avid walker, usually spotted around town running errands on foot or admiring randy's work on the levee. Emily's walk is a nod to her favorite hobby and a place she loved.
Emily dedicated her life to serving her community. Her diverse charities of interest are an inspiration for the continuation of a giving legacy. The Herrington Family would like to thank those who support and participate in Emily's walk for continuing to pursue Emily's passion. Through each of you her legacy lives on.