OBITUARY

Amy L. Brown

May 12, 1976November 27, 2018
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Amy Lea Brown (1976-2018) had many gifts: she had a huge heart, a ready wit, and the ability to dispense with nonsense. Her home was open not just to her own children, but a wide extended family of friends. She selflessly offered space to others in need. She had almost a second sense for when friends or family were hurting, and she was proactive about reaching out to them and checking in over a period of time to make sure that they were okay.

She loved crafts, gossip and laughter. Often, the lens of laughter was turned on herself, as she would share stories of dumb mistakes that she had made, and the efforts that she went to to fix them.

Amy was a community builder. She had friendships all over the world in the online communities she frequented, and she kept family and friends close to home in touch with one another.

She was an amazing mother, who encouraged children (whether her own, or part of the extended group of kids she welcomed into her home) to be strong and independent. Many of those kids called her their second mom.

She died of a heart attack on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Jacqueline; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Verda Schweim; and paternal grandparents, Gene and Evelyn Murphy.

She is survived by four children: Natalie, Shad, Tori and Kylar; her brother Andy, sister-in-law Hilary, niece Cassie, and nephew Duncan as well as a plethora of friends and extended family.

~Memorial Service~ Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 11 am with visitation one hour prior at Gearhart Funeral Home, 11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

~Private Interment~ Morningside Memorial Gardens Coon Rapids, Minnesota

  • FAMILY

  • She was preceded in death by her Parents, William and Jacqueline; Maternal Grandparents, Raymond and Verda Schweim; and Paternal Grandparents, Gene and Evelyn Murphy.

    Amy will be missed by her Children, Natalie Steadland, Shad Brown, Tori Brown, and Kylar Tingelstad; Husband, Rob Brown; Brother, Andy (Hilary) Murphy; Niece, Cassie Murphy; Nephew, Duncan Murphy; other Family and Friends

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Ingrid Farrell

December 8, 2018


I haven’t seen Amy in years, but I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I have many wonderful memories of playing with Amy when we were neighbors. The hole she left behind must be tremendous.
Sending all of her family prayers of healing and comfort.

Andy Murphy

December 6, 2018

Amy, even when you were ridiculous, you were amazing. You held us all together. You loved us. You managed to give us honesty, acceptance and perspective. That’s why we kept coming back to you. That’s why we turn to you still, even though we know you’re not there. Oh my, we will miss you.

I can hear your voice in my head, telling me to cut the crap. Well, Amy, I can’t. I won’t. Because you never knew your own value to us. You were the ears that we confessed to. The heart that we turned to. The arms that held us when we needed it. And yes, you were the mouth that told us off when we needed to be told off.

Amy, we will miss you.

We’re still trying to figure out how to do what you did, and to pick up the pieces. But there are so many people who loved you, so many people who cared about you. You mattered. And isn’t that what life is about? It’s not about fancy jobs. It’s not about material success. It’s about love, and relationships, and messy feelings. It's about believing in other people, and helping them become stronger in the process. It’s about making a difference to the people you love.

And here I am, trying to say all this, and wishing that you were here to laugh at me while I did so. Thank you for being my sister. Thank you for mattering. Even though I am mad as hell at you, I wouldn’t have traded my time with you for anything.

Hilary Moon Murphy

December 5, 2018

Amy... did it have to be now?
We’re picking up the pieces
We’re wondering how
To carry on...
All of us shattered souls
In orbit of a you-shaped hole.

Sandy Bradtmuller

December 5, 2018

I knew Amy for about 3/4 years from our Toontown Rewritten and ATTA (Adult ToonTown Addicts) world. She was a great friend and a very special person full of love and kindness. Amy always knew how to make me laugh and we had many great evenings of fun. My condolences to her family and especially her four children. Everyone now has a very special angel.... I am going to miss her always .... <3

Patti Fowler

December 5, 2018

Wishing you my condolences. Amy, was a wonderful friend online. She cheered me up when I was down. She always made me laugh at the things she would say. I loved her as a little sister. She was the best friend to everyone. All of us on the online game of toontown rewritten will miss her lots. Love to you my friend.
Patti Fowler

Heather Clinton

December 4, 2018

Dear Family,

We're so incredibly sorry and sad for your loss.

She was such a wonderfully spirited person.

With Sympathy,

Heather and Family

Mary Ann Urness

December 4, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss - I have lived behind the family for many years - Amy and I would hang over the fence in the summer and visit. She allowed my great-granddaughter to play in her yard and with Kyler - one of them said he was now her boy-friend. My deepest sympathy to all. She was much to young.

Jason Tingelstad

December 4, 2018

Amy, We miss you... it's really happening, I want to pinch myself and wake up but can't. Lord knows I would like to. You are loved by so many people Amy Brown too many to count. I can't figure out why God needed you already but I guess I can't blame Him, you are a remarkable person. The time we all got with you was not tremendously long, but you taught us a ton while you were here. I want you to know that you are important to us. I am grateful that you and I became friends again this year. I know at times things were not good, but I wouldn't trade the years I knew you for anything, and I am a better man having lived them. You will be a tough act to follow! You left 4 beautiful children on this earth and God willing, they will take after you and show the world a bit about being strong, confident, and empathetic, all things you modeled regularly. I will bring you a Reeses tomorrow, I am sure you have them up there already but in case ya don't. Goodbye Amy hope to see you again soon.

Till better days, save us a seat if you can.

Andrea Andersen

December 3, 2018

I am so sorry to hear this news. I met Amy at Eisenhower Elementary where we were in brownies and girl scouts together, along with many of the same classes. Words cannot take away your pain at this moment. Please know there are people who care about you.

Traci (Morse) Kruse

December 2, 2018

So sorry Andy and family. Sending you love as you navigate this loss.

Biography

Amy L. Brown, 42, of Blaine, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, William and Jacqueline; Maternal Grandparents, Raymond and Verda Schweim; and Paternal Grandparents, Gene and Evelyn Murphy.

Amy will be missed by her Children, Natalie Steadland, Shad Brown, Tori Brown, and Kylar Tingelstad; Husband, Rob Brown; Brother, Andy (Hilary) Murphy; Niece, Cassie Murphy; Nephew, Duncan Murphy; other Family and Friends.

Her laughter, wit, and inventive sarcasm will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

~Memorial Service~
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 11 am with visitation one hour prior at
Gearhart Funeral Home,
11275 Foley Blvd NW,
Coon Rapids, Minnesota

~Private Interment~
Morningside Memorial Gardens
Coon Rapids, Minnesota