Quest hosted a memorial service yesterday [between the 2nd & 3rd service] for Amy [in red sweater] who at the age of 89, past away couple weeks ago to be reunited with Jesus.
She joined Quest via the church merger. Despite the “changes” in church including much louder music and longer sermons, she was always at Quest whenever her body allowed her to join us. I didn’t know Amy very well but had an opportunity to chat with her for about 2 hours a few months ago when I visited her at the hospital. She fell in the church’s parking lot and broke her hip. My conversation with her was honestly one of the highlights of this past year for me. She shared so much joy, wisdom, and hope in Christ. I will never forget that conversation.
I was deeply encouraged today when her caretaker came up to me after the memorial service and said:
“Reverend Cho. I want you to know that Amy thought so highly of you and your wife. She enjoyed your wife coming over to her home for crafts and conversation…”
We will miss her at Quest Church and I look forward to further conversations with Amy someday. Here is a glimpse of her amazing life:
Amy born on Vashon, Washington on June 8, 1919, was the sixth of eight children born to August and Gertie, Norwegian pioneers who farmed their homestead after moving from Minnesota in 1903. Amy graduated from Vashon High School in 1936. Like her sisters before her, after high school graduation Amy worked on the family farm for one year. She then moved to Seattle and took over various positions held by her sisters before her, the first being a live-in domestic position with Dexter H’s widow, where sister Laura had worked, and later as a waitress at the Dolly Madison Tea Room, where sister Ella had worked. While working part time, Amy attended Peterson School of Business, which prepared her for wartime jobs at the Port of Embarkation in the Smith Tower and at the War Production Board.
Amy officially met her future husband when a ferry captain on the Vashon route turned matchmaker and invited Amy and William “Bill” Boyd to stay on the ferry for its end of day trip to the oil docks. The rest, as they say, is history. Bill, a 1939 Vashon High School graduate, married Amy on November 3, 1945 while on leave from the Army in a candlelight service at Colvos Lutheran Church on Vashon. During their 56 years of marriage, Bill and Amy raised four children. In addition to being a wife and mother, Amy had various part time positions and retired in 1990 from Interbay Covenant Church (now Quest Church) where she served as church secretary for more than 20 years and “trained” a multitude of pastors.
After Bill’s passing in 2001, Amy continued to live in the family home. In 2003, Amy had an unsuccessful cataract surgery, which rendered her legally blind. Although 84 years of age, Amy did not allow this new condition to define her. An avid reader, Amy continued “reading” by listening daily to books on tape. She listened to CNN and rarely missed Larry King’s nightly interviews. She kept track of everything, including the whereabouts of her purse 24 hours a day. She always looked her best and never had to watch her weight even though freely eating cookies and peppermint candy with daily afternoon tea. She liked nothing more than visiting with guests around her dining room table, often serving pastries from Larsen’s bakery in Ballard. Amy visited with friends and family up to the very day of her passing. She was blessed with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Amy loved well and was well-loved.