Amy Louise Shoaf

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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.
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Jackie Radeka
Sep 10, 2019
It’s hard for me to express the sadness I feel in my heart. Amy is a good dear friend from long ago. She was the first person I met when I started working for Mesa Schools. We sat next to each other in Special Education and confused many people since we sort of resembled each other. We always laughed about it especially when we went to Weight Watchers together and they thought we were sisters. Amy and I were the first to use a word processor in our department, which she taught me how to use it. It was a sad day for me and Special Ed’s loss when she decided to move on to be a school secretary. Life takes those turns and we drifted apart. Those days in Special Ed were “special”.... I enjoyed looking at these pictures and I could see she was happy to the end. Her beautiful smile will stay with me always. Rest in PeaceRead more
Stacey
Sep 02, 2019
We were very sorry to learn of the passing of Amy. I will truly miss seeing her sweet smile. We enjoyed our time with her when we were visiting Annette and Phil's home. May she rest in peace.

Stacey & Marvin
Danielle
Sep 01, 2019
Suzie Kigwr
Sep 01, 2019
Gosh I love all the pictures you posted! Amy was the sweetest person. The minute you met her you felt like you knew her your whole life. Just a lovely person whom I admired esp with all her health battles. She always had such a positive attitude. Always smiling and joking. She is wrapped in the arms of Jesus in peace for all eternity in his awesome paradise. Praying for spiritual solace for all her family whom I love.
Annette Satterlee
Sep 01, 2019
These are pictures of Nick and Travis, mom's youngest grandsons. She took care of them when they were little...I like to think that's part of why they turned out to be nice young men.
Didn't mean to leave them out; the website is a little confusing! Please add to the photos - we will be able to print the guestbook at some point!
Lerryn Horton Roberds
Sep 01, 2019
What an amazing woman! Now that you have earned tour Angel wings, use them and fly high!
Jane Doyle
Aug 31, 2019
Such a special obituary. Thank you for sharing her poem to all of you. It is such a special thing to do for her family. Brought tears to my eyes. God bless you all through the processing of your loss.

And God bless you, Amy, and cheers to a life well-lived and now your eternal peace.

My deepest sympathies,
Jane
Annette
Aug 31, 2019
Annette
Aug 31, 2019
Hello, everyone...
Please leave a memory of Mom for us!
The original post didn’t include the pic of Nick and Travis that I had picked; I’m sorry. And here’s Frankie and Lola!

You can add pictures, as well. Thank you. We miss her already.
Annette Satterlee
Aug 29, 2019
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