Amy Lyn Kerin

March 21, 1974November 1, 2020

Amy Lyn Kerin, 46, of Chattanooga passed away suddenly, but peacefully, on November 1, 2020. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 21, 1974, she was diagnosed with spina bifida and her doctors suggested that she would have little time on this earth. It was the first, but not the last, time she would defy the odds given to her. She went on to graduate from Karns High School in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1992, earned a degree in recreational therapy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and with the help of Habitat for Humanity, built her own house and lived independently. Overcoming physical hardships, she learned to drive a car and be mobile, rode horses, learned sign language, traveled the country, and loved to attend country music concerts. She loved her job and co-workers at Signal Centers in Chattanooga, and enjoyed catching up on her favorite soap operas during her time off. She adored and was constantly surrounded by her family, especially her nieces and nephews, and she will be missed by countless friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Tim Kerin, and niece, Brennan Ogle.

She is survived by her mother and other father, Mary Lou and Bill Sweenie, her other mother, Zibbie Kerin, her twin brother and sister-in-law, Bo Kerin (Leslie), sisters Tara Kerin, Lorie Butts (Jeff), Beth Wildsmith (Mike), Susan Key, and Barbara Key-Ogle. She also leaves behind nieces and nephews Katelyn and Thomas Kerin, Taylor, Morgan, and Josh Voyles, and Brittany and Logan Patch. She is also mourned by several aunts, uncles, cousins, grand-nieces and nephews, and so many friends. A piece of her positive, loving spirit will be with all who knew her. Pass the love along. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions or volunteer time to Paws with a Cause, who provided Amy her companion and service dog, Guinness; Habit for Humanity, who provided her with a home; Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, who provided her with confidence to overcome obstacles; or to All Things Kabuki, an organization close to her heart.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, there will be no public service at this time. A celebration of life will take place when we can safely gather.

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Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.



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Nadine Bourg

November 10, 2020

Amy was such a resilient spirit and was an inspiration to all she knew. My sincere sympathy to her family and friend.

Linda Sneary

November 6, 2020

Amy was one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. I met Amy when she was accepted into the homeownership program at Habitat for Humanity Greater Chattanooga Area. We became close when the selection of her lot and the actual construction of her home started.
At that time, I served as Construction Staff Support and had the blessing of guiding Amy through the build of her wheelchair livable and accessible home. There were countless times that we met on site and she educated me on the many construction details that would enable her to live independent. A chief concern for Amy and Habitat was that her home include many features to accommodate her service dog, Guinness. Everything that we learned due to Amy guiding us as we built her home helped us immensely in the construction of homes built for others with handicapped needs.
Amy's enthusiasm, good nature, spirit, and passion never waivered, regardless of what she was going through. Amy was a force to reckon with and that is meant in the most positive and loving sense as her determination was what drove her to strive for independence yet with a concern for others that made knowing her one of life's rare treasures.

Gretchen Spearman

November 6, 2020

So sorry to hear of Amy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God hold you tight in his hands at this time.

Delores Jones

November 6, 2020

My love and prayers are with sweet Amy's family. Amy was a very dear friend of my daughter Dawn Jones (in the photo), and I have so many special memories of them together at Summer Camp years ago, and we remember the year her Dad passed away. We are praying for you all, and understand your pain.
My grandchildren Eli Riggs & Ella Riggs would love to host a Knoxville visit from Guinness maybe someday next year, if you ever want to do something with local 4-H or Scouts groups teaching about Paws with a Cause.
You are such a special family and you loved Amy so well. Our prayers will be with you.
Delores Jones
& daughter Denise Jones Riggs
& Eli & Ella Riggs

Wilma Young

November 5, 2020

Amy was such an inspiration to others , meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles while maintaining a pleasant attitude. Her courage was amazing and she taught us so much about how to live life to the fullest. I am blessed to have known such a wonderful, inspiring young woman. May her candle burn brightly just as she lived life.

Tim Floyd

November 5, 2020

Mary Lou - while I didn't know Amy very well, I do know that in spite of all of her challenges she led a full life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In my mind's eye I picture Amy walking in Heaven.

Marian Ingram

November 5, 2020

I remember one of the last conversations I had with Amy was about how excited she was to vote. This was the first time she had ever voted. She early voted and was so proud of that because it was raining that day.

Rebecca Littleton

November 4, 2020

My kids and I loved Ms. Amy and Guinness. She was always a bright spot in my day. You could count on her to be friendly and welcoming. Every afternoon at Signal Centers, we stopped to say hi on the way out, and she would always talk to and interact with my kids. They are 15 and almost 12 now, and we still talk about Ms. Amy and Guinness from time to time.

Marian Ingram

November 4, 2020

Amy was a tremendous ray of sunshine every day at Signal Centers. She became a good friend and I looked forward to our chats every day. I am praying for all of her family and other friends during this incredibly tough time. I know she is glad to be running and playing with Guinness again but will miss her family so very much. She talked about you all the time and shared her pictures and videos with me. You always saw her love for her family overflowing when talking about them. Rest in peace my beautiful friend.

Sarah Moore

November 4, 2020

I loved seeing Amy as the front reception at Signal Centers. I saw her daily for two years, then moved out of Chattanooga, but maintained employment with Signal Centers. When I came to visit, Amy would make it a point to say hello and ask how things were going for my family since we moved. She was always so kind and thoughtful. Her smile was bright and such a joy to see. I will miss seeing her when I come to visit and am sending prayers to her family during this difficult time.


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