Saturday, July 3, 2010

Gone Too Soon

Surrounded by her family, and with Gary by her side, our beloved Amy passed away this morning, July 3rd,  at 2:35 AM.
She has fought a hard and valiant fight.  She is much loved and will be missed. 
As we sat together in the early morning hours, tears of sorrow soon became tears and laughter as we shared warm, loving and fun memories of Amy.  She has left behind a wonderful legacy of love and service. 
This silly little saying came to mind this morning, and I think it truly captures the essence of how Amy lived her life. She embraced life with joy and passion!

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, What a Ride!"

Love you Amy!  Save a spot for me!!!  (I'll bring the Eclair Cake and the Diet Coke)


  1. I'm so sorry, Valerie. May you all feel the comfort and peace of our Savior.

    Thanks for including the great quote. What a wonderful legacy she left for her children and grandchildren!

  2. Valerie I am so sorry to hear about your sister in law's passing.

    I pray for your family to find peace and solice together during this hard time.

    You have a great start as you talk about Amy and remember her life with laughter as well as tears.

    That quote is one of my favorites and I believe it with all my heart!

    God Bless!

  3. I just asked Monica ( my friend that knew Amy and lived in Santaquin ) wednesday how she was...
    I am grateful she is at peace.. and lived such a full life! What an example she was!!!

    My thoughts are with all of you.. her family and friends.. may you feel peace and love and comfort in the time to come...

    BIG HUGS--- ~ Ann

  4. Each life that touches ours for good...I love this song and the feelings of eternity that it brings to my heart. I pray Heavenly fathers sends many tender mercies to you and your family during this sad time.

  5. I pray for peace to be with you and the rest of her family. I've tried to keep up on her story through the blogs. I feel almost empty, knowing she's gone.

    Thanks for letting us know!
    Love ya, Valerie!

  6. Warmest wishes for you and your family. So sorry for your loss, but I am glad you all were able to quickly come to a positive place.

  7. I can never find the right words for a situation like this, but please know that our love and prayers are with your family and especially Amy's children and husband.

  8. Thinking about you and your family, Valerie. I can't believe she passed so quickly! We'll remember your family and her's in our prayers.

  9. My thoughts along with my prayers are with you and Amy's family at this time. Sorry for Your loss.

  10. Valerie, I’m so sorry, I know this has been a challenging time for your family. Amy is defiantly one of those individuals that by just knowing her, even through the blogs, makes you want to be a better person.

    My love and prayers are with you and all of your family!
    Love D

  11. That is so sad...but she will be so blessed. Anywhere there is a diet coke with eclairs is a-ok with me! :D

  12. I'm so sorry. What a sweet tribute you gave. I am sure there will be many tearful days and weeks ahead, but I know that your faith and strength will help.
    You and your family are in my prayers.

  13. Oh....I'm so heart sick for your family and brother in law. I just caught myself up on all that's been going on, and am so touched and filled with heart ache for you and your family.

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you. May peace feel your heart.

  14. Some things in life seem so hard. TIME is the only healing balm I think. It is good to think of the fun memories and wonderful experiences together.
    I liked that last saying about how to approach/and leave this life.
    God out kicking and totally "spent" in your fervor to enjoy life.
    God bless you and her family

  15. So sorry to hear the sad news.
    My heart goes out to you and her family and all the folks that knew her and loved her. Her absence will surely leave a hole in many hearts. Even with the knowledge of eternal is so hard to miss those we love and miss hearing their voices. I've read that same saying and hope that when it's my time, that my loved ones will feel the same way and know that I'm preparing a place for them :)
    You will be in my prayers.

  16. truly sorry for your loss

    thinking of you and your family

  17. Just now catching up on blogs. I am so sorry for your loss! :( She fought a good fight and sounds like she left behind an amazing legacy. My prayers are with her family and all the loved ones she left behind!

  18. Oh, dear girl. I just found your blog. I am so sorry to read this post.

    I just wanted to say that I LOVED that quote. I am sure Amy is participating in your jokes and laughter.

    God bless all of you, everywhere you might be! :)

    Take care of yourself.

    I'll say a prayer for you all right away.

  19. I just read your blog...and this thought is totally Amy. She lived life in a hurry...because she didn't have much time! I wish we could have kept up with her. But, now I know why we couldn't. Deep down...she must have known. She must have known she needed to live...and live well! And she did! Thanks for this Valerie! You have been a great sister-in-law to Amy. She loved you.