Amy Louise Shoaf
Our Mom, Amy L. Shoaf, 79, left this world behind on Aug 26, 2019, and joined her husband Robert, beloved grandson David, her parents, big brother James and two beautiful sisters, Barbara and Anna Beth, in eternal peace.

We are grateful for the love and compassion she taught us along with the lessons of life. Her laugh was like music and her holiday traditions grew every year and will continue on, including the legendary black-eyed peas that we enjoy on New Year's Day.

She loved being Grandma to David, Danielle, Nick and Travis.

Born in 1940 in Arkansas, she was the youngest girl in a family of six children. At one time they lived in a box car in Wyoming before moving back to Arkansas to live on a peach farm that her father ran. Her little brother Sam (Connie) and older sister Irma Dell (George) will miss her greatly along with many nephews and nieces. She was a talented poet and writer and left us with a beautiful family memoir that will be treasured by future generations.
She married and had two children, Annette (Phil) and Chris (Linda), before divorcing and moving to Arizona where she met and married her second husband Robert. The following year she gave birth to daughter Kyra. They lived in the East Valley for many years.

After retiring from Mesa Public Schools she enjoyed traveling, going to garage sales, reading mystery novels and rehoming an occasional cactus from neighbors' yards during her walks. She was a true dog lover, always stopping to try and help a lost or injured dog. She spent her last years in the Verde Valley and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets, cooler weather, a cheap glass of wine with dinner, and the companionship of her fur babies Frankie and Lola.

She was a pretty good poet and left this for us:

Don't let me linger here on earth when it's past my time to go. Pray I leave this body fast, don't make it long and slow. Just 'pull the plug,' and shed a tear, but don't let your hearts be sad. Talk about me, remember my life, the good parts and the bad.

Then, when your hearts have healed a bit and you've accepted that I'm gone, carry my ashes to a special place and gather in a throng.

Then THROW ME A PARTY!! Relate some funny stories - you know them all too well. You won't have to think too hard to recall which ones to tell. Eat good food, drink a toast, play a country song. But keep the part short and sweet; don't let it go too long.

Then fly me high into the sky and release me in the sun. The wind will catch me on its wings and I'll fly and have such fun. After that, from time to time, speak of me and think of me with love. I believe that I'll be with you, smiling. I'm at peace, everything's okay, and I'll live in your hearts forever.
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We love you, mom.
Published on August 30, 2019
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