Amy died unexpectedly at the age of 34 in Medford, Oregon where she had been living. She was born and grew up in Gainesville, Florida but spent the last years of her life in northern California and southern Oregon. Among the schools she attended in Gainesville were First Presbyterian Preschool, Metcalfe Elementary, P.K. Yonge DRS, Bishop Middle, Gainesville High, and PACE Center for Girls. She also attended Santa Fe Community College on a scholarship from PACE, graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree in 2007. She grew up attending Gethsemane Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and received her first communion. Amy was artistic, creative, and passionate about music, art, and writing. She played several musical instruments, including electric guitar and bass.
Amy is survived by her mother, Kathryn Scarvie Henderson, stepfather, Harold Henderson, and two brothers, Kenneth Anderson and Brian Anderson. She is also survived by several aunts and uncles, including Eileen Stephens and Barbara Anderson of Gainesville, Clarice and Rick Helfand of Vero Beach, Florida, Bob Anderson of Decatur, Georgia, and Diane Scarvie and Daniel Stackpoole of Traverse City, Michigan; cousins Caraline Duke, Jacob Stephens, Rachael Manchester, Anna Woods, Emily Ruby, and Lauren Stackpoole; and niece Isla Hernandez. She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Eric Thomas Anderson, father Walter Edward Anderson, and grandparents, Clarice and Richard Anderson of Gainesville.
As befitting her name, Amy was loved dearly. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, buoyant personality, and indomitable spirit. If desired, donations may be made in her name to PACE Center for Girls or Helping Hands Clinic for the Homeless in Gainesville. A small memorial service will be held on November 12 at 11:00 a.m., in the chapel of First United Methodist Church Gainesville.