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OBITUARY

Amy Hackney Wunder

July 18, 1951November 3, 2012

Amy Hackney Wunder, 61, of Orlando, passed away on November 3, 2012. She was born on July 18, 1951 in Pennington Gap, Virginia, to Thomas and Bea Hackney. Survivors include her husband, Nick Wunder; children, Julie Wunder (son-in-law Shon Norris) and Tommy Wunder; mother, Bea Hackney.

Amy lived in several southern cities before her family settled in Chattanooga, Tennessee when she was in middle school. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1973. She continued her education in law school at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After several semesters in law school Amy decided that she was more drawn to education and switched her focus from law school to education. She began her career by teaching high school English.

While living in Knoxville, Amy met Nick Wunder at a Sunday School class. They married on July 17, 1976. They briefly lived in Fort Worth, Texas, where Julie was born in 1979, before settling in Orlando in 1981. Tommy was born in 1983.

Amy took a break from her career from the time Julie was born until Tommy started school. During that time she was an active member at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, starting the original “Mother’s Day Out” program at the church. She was one of the people responsible for helping get funding for the original church expansion.

Amy went back to school and completed her Masters in Education with straight A’s at the University of Central Florida in 1988. Shortly after, she started working again as a Guidance Counselor at Dr. Phillips High School. She became a beloved member of the staff and the “go to” person for helping students get into Ivy League colleges.

In 2000, Orange County Schools selected Amy as one of the original staff to open Olympia High School. She worked behind the scenes for a year before the school opened and made many decisions that shaped the way the school is today. Amy was the head of the Guidance Department for several years before she took on a new role to focus more on helping students and the Olympia High School Advanced Placement Experience Scholars Academy (APEX). She continued to be a highly respected Counselor who helped many with her passion for education. She laboriously shaped the lives of thousands of students by helping get them into college. Amy was well known for her extensive knowledge of hundreds of colleges, universities, and scholarship programs. She was very successful at this since she spent a great deal of her own time visiting colleges. She excelled at knowing which college would be the “best fit” for her students. Students were always grateful to get her one-of-a-kind, eloquent, and insightful letters of recommendation. Amy retired from Olympia High School in 2011. When she retired, her former students got together and sent her hundreds of letters thanking her for everything she did. She was also an Orange County High School Counselor of the Year and an Honorary Admissions Officer of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Beyond all, Amy was a beautiful wife and mother. Her family was the center of her life and she spent her time focused on creating a loving family bond that will never be broken. She will be remembered for her quiet grace, humility, and giving nature. She led her life with a high moral compass, setting an example for others to follow.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 12, 2012, 10:00 am at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 South Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, Florida 32819, (407) 876-4991. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Amy’s memory to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com.

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  • Funeral Services Monday, November 12, 2012

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Robert Tester

November 19, 2012

Julie, Even though I never knew your mom I know she must have been a wonderful mom, wife and best friend. If she is anything like you, she is one of a kind. My prayers are with you and your family and remember that because of hope in Jesus, you will see her again one day soon.

Jack & Carole Mayer

November 19, 2012

Those we love remain a part of us, and live on in memories and the legacy they leave behind. Certainly Amy left this world a much better place because she made a difference in so many ways for so many people. Heartfelt condolences to Nick, Julie, and Tom. May your memories of Amy continue to be a source of comfort and peace to you always.

Rebecca Ruppel McGlohn

November 14, 2012

Dear Wunder and Norris Families -

I was so saddened to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you all. Amy was a wonderful person, and even though I didn't know her extremely well, I know that she will be missed dearly. Julie - PLEASE let me know if there is anything I can do for you!

Rebecca Ruppel McGlohn

Brenda Ball

November 14, 2012

Sorry to hear this, sympathy and prayers going up for the family at this time...

Kelly Waldroup

November 14, 2012

Thinking and praying for you and your family Julie. I pray God gives you strength and comfort in your time of loss. Take peace my friend in knowing you will see her again. Love to you

Jason Ruppe

November 14, 2012

We in Rutherford County are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are uplifted in our prayers!

John & Joyce Adams

November 14, 2012

Nick,
We were so saddened to hear of Amy's sudden passing. Know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers as you travel this difficult road with God's help.

Jay and Meg Clark

November 12, 2012

Nick,

Thank you for sharing these special family memories with everyone. What a wonderful tribute to Amy's life. Please know that our prayers are with you and Julie and Tommy.

Nan Davis

November 12, 2012

Dear Nick and family,
You have my deepest sympathy. May prayers and love uphold you in the days and weeks ahead. Sincerely,

Dr. Phillips High School

November 12, 2012

The administration, faculty, staff and students of Dr. Phillips High School wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Wunder Family. Our prayers are with you during your time of bereavement.

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