She showed up twice a week at the front of her mat.
She showed up for her tight shoulders.
She showed up for the difficult asanas.
She showed up twice a month to care for and clean the studio.
She showed up through our relationship ups and downs.
She showed up when our loved one’s were sick.
She showed up for our kids.
She showed up five days a week for other people’s kids.
She showed up for her family.
She showed up for her friends.
She showed up for jewelry parties, potlucks & fundraisers.
She showed up with a sense of humor.
She showed up for people she knew & those she didn’t.
She showed up with her beautiful smile, her curly hair and love.
May we all learn from Amy, the importance of showing up.
Amy Christine Thomas, 40, of Springfield and formerly of Oakford, passed away on March 3, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. She was born November 6, 1972, in Springfield, the daughter of David and Randa (Stengel) Thomas of Oakford.
Amy is survived by her parents; brother, Ryan (Emily) Thomas of Aurora, IL; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Stengel of Petersburg; Aunt Vicki (Joe) Thurman of Petersburg; and cousins, Jenny, Troy and Jayden Sanderfield; Aunt Roseanne Gosnell of Kilbourne and cousin, Brian; special cousins, Allen, Janice, Candice, Jill and Lori. Extended family, Doug (Pam) Barringer, Justin Barringer; and many other cousins, friends and adopted families Amy held close in her heart.
Amy graduated from PORTA High School in 1990. She then received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1995 and her Master of Science in Education in 2004, both from Western Illinois University and graduating Magna Cum Laude. Amy was a teacher at Sherman Elementary School and had been with the Williamsville-Sherman school district since August. She had taught with the Auburn and the A-C Central school systems over the span of her 18 year teaching career. Amy loved yoga, Zumba, cycling and especially loved traveling and living life to the fullest.