(In the above picture, we were in Puerto Rico at a Boeing Regional Meeting and that is Amy in the turquoise blouse and white skirt in the front row, she had made all the arrangements for the meetings)
I’ve started this post many times over the past couple of days, trying to find the words to express my shock and disbelief at the passing of one of our own.
For my readers who did not know Amy Kelley,…please bear with me.
For those FSA’s who are following me on this Blog….of course you remember Amy.
Amy always had a smile…a great big infectious smile and she cared about people.
As I have stated in previous posts, I retired from a large Aviation company….and that company was Boeing, Field Service.
During the many years I worked for Boeing, I came to know a lot of wonderful people, and among the Field Service Associates, I came to know Amy Kelley.
Amy passed away on December 13, 2014, she was only 46 years old.
On Saturday, Amy had taken some pain medication to ease the chronic pain in her neck and lay down to take a nap and never woke up.
(Several years ago, she injured her neck, when she fell while attempting to check on a Swan’s nest just outside her back yard fence).
I have been told, Amy could have had a blood clot or the meds could have shut down her organs.
At this point in time….nothing is certain.
But I would like to talk about Amy and her love of life.
Ahhhh, the memories I have of Amy ….were many.
Once while she and I were in Boeing Meetings …her husband Tom and my Captain, went panning for gold and precious gems up in the mountains surrounding San Diego.
They did find a few bumpy rocks and Amy and I laughed at the fact that we were not going to get rich off those pebbles. 🙂
Another time, we sat in her family room in Verdigris, Oklahoma …on newly purchased, leather theater seats, eating popcorn and pizza and watching movies.
Amy was a very generous person and she and I had a friendly rivalry with our Big 12 College Basketball teams.
She loved the Oklahoma State Cowboys and I loved (still do) the Kansas Jayhawks.
Even though her loyalty lay with the orange and black Cowboys…she made this red and blue lanyard for me, that says Rock Chalk Jayhawk.
Amy also had a compassion for all animals, her favorites being her four dachshunds, which were like children to her. She and Tom were never blessed with children so she adopted everyone to be a part of her family, whether four legged or two.
Since I no longer work at Boeing, I didn’t feel it my place to go on the Boeing site to talk about Amy.
However, I couldn’t just let Amy pass without saying a few words.
Sooo, when a fellow FSA suggested I pen my thoughts, I felt this was the best medium.
I will ask that those FSAs who follow me, to forward this link to other FSAs …as we take a moment to remember Amy…she was one of us.
AND let us celebrate Amy, as I am sure she would want us to do.
I will keep Tom, her husband …and Amy’s Mother and Father and her siblings in my prayers for the difficult days ahead.
And I hope you do too!