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Amy Monson

Amy Lin Monson

Wednesday, May 30th, 1973 - Friday, February 14th, 2020
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Obituary

Amy Lin Monson passed away at her home in Provo, Utah, February 14, 2020, just as the sun was setting on Valentine's Day. She died peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by her parents and other family members. She was 46 years old.

Amy came to earth on May 30, 1973, in Walnut Creek, California, the youngest of her parents' nine children. Though Amy was born with Down's Syndrome, her parents happily chose to keep her at home at a time when it was still common for children with this condition to be institutionalized. Her family embraced the latest techniques for her care, and she thrived in a loving, home environment.

Moving with her family to Utah as an infant, Amy benefited from her mother's at-home pre-school, and then attended Barrett and Cherry Hill Elementary Schools, where she was often mainstreamed into regular classrooms. Amy also attended Vienna Virginia Elementary when her family lived in the Washington, DC area for a year. After returning to Utah, she attended Canyon Crest Elementary and represented her school in the Utah Special Olympics in 1984. She continued her education at Dixon Jr. High and Provo High School, participating in the choir program, going on tour with them to California, and graduating in 1991.

Following her graduation from high school and Provo LDS Seminary, Amy attended institute classes at Utah Valley University for many years. She held several jobs in the foodservice industry, including at the Provo Missionary Training Center cafeteria, the Cougareat at Brigham Young University (hereafter BYU), and most recently at Little Caesar's Pizza on Bulldog Blvd. in Provo. She participated in the Best Buddies Program at BYU and made many lifelong friends through this program and during her daily walks through campus. Amy loved to dance and participated for many years in the Special Needs Dance Program at BYU, winning several awards for her waltz, foxtrot, and salsa.

Music was an important part of Amy's life. She had a lovely singing voice, took private voice lessons, and enjoyed singing in ward and stake choirs and with her family. She even sang in a Young Women's choir for General Conference in the Tabernacle at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Composer Janice Kapp Perry tells of an experience she had with Amy and the song "Love is Spoken Here" in a short video interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbxHDvBeebI.

Amy loved watching favorite movies and TV shows with family and friends. In her heyday, she had a vast media collection and an almost encyclopedic knowledge of its contents. She loved making lists of new and rare items to collect and looking for them in niche locations. As technology progressed, she learned how to navigate the internet and posted many favorite things on her Facebook page.

Amy also loved to travel. When her parents served a full-time mission to Taiwan, Amy lived in their basement apartment with several college-aged roommates and traveled on the weekends to visit siblings in Utah, Idaho, and Chicago, Illinois. She lived for several months with one of her brothers and his wife in Highland, Utah. She bravely traveled all the way to Taiwan to fulfill a short-term mission with her parents, bearing her testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ through song. In later years, Amy used her earnings to go on yearly trips with a sister and her husband. These included a trip to Hawaii to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center and Sunset Beach; a road trip to see Donny and Marie Osmond perform live in Las Vegas; and a final trip to Los Angeles to visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame and see a memorable performance of Sesame Street Live.

Amy was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For many years, she participated in the Special Needs Activities Program (SNAP) at a chapel near her home. Amy loved serving as a special assistant to her ward Relief Society President and faithfully fulfilled many other assignments at church and at home. She appreciated the love and kindness shown to her by family, friends, and neighbors, including members of the Oak Hills 1st Ward and the Oak Hills Stake. Amy often showed her love and gratitude by giving wonderful hugs. Her family is deeply grateful for all who have been a part of her life.

She is survived by her parents, Calvin E. and Claudia S. Monson and her eight siblings and their spouses/partners: Calvin S. and Shawna Monson; Chris and Marie Monson; Liz and Brett Thomas; Stephen DeAngelo Monson and Rebecca Sherman; Karen and Jeff Carter; Tom and Kristin Monson; Quin and Kate Monson; and David and Jodie Monson. Amy also cultivated meaningful relationships with many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and--in recent years--even grand nieces and nephews. We are all better, more compassionate people because of Amy.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 25, at 11:00 am in the Oak Hills 1st Ward Chapel, 1038 North 1200 East, Provo. Viewings will be held on Monday, February 24, from 6:30-8:30 pm, and the morning of the funeral, from 9:30-10:30 am, at the same location. Interment will follow at the American Fork Cemetery.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 24th, 2020 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    When
    Monday, February 24th, 2020 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location
    Oak Hills LDS 1st Ward
    Address
    1038 N. 1200 E
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    Oak Hills LDS 1st Ward
    Address
    1038 N. 1200 E
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Oak Hills LDS 1st Ward
    Address
    1038 N. 1200 E
    Provo, Utah 84604
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 |
    When
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
    Location
    American Fork City Cemetery
    Address
    600 N Center St
    American Fork, Utah 84003
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Rob McKay

Posted at 10:33am
Amy was in a program where she was integrated into Provo High with us. My senior year, she would find me early in the morning and just before lunch and give me a hug everyday - EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. After the hug we would visit for about a minute and then she would move on to the next victim. One day, I was in a particularly angsty, angry and insecure place (probably not the first time a teenager has ever felt that way), so I avoided her. The next day, she found me in the hall and in front of about 50+ other teenagers gave me a tongue-lashing that still stings when I remember it. She told me that love is like sunshine and I can't hide from it. I was embarrassed, became angry, made excuses, lied, blamed her and a host of other just bad behaviors all in order to not take responsibility for how I behaved. She interrupted me (she did that sometimes - ha!) and told me it didn't matter what I said, she was right. The next day, she found me in the morning and gave me a hug and then found me again just before lunch and gave me another hug. She continued to do so everyday. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. At first, I was stiff and cold, but within a short time, the ice around my heart melted and I became vulnerable and open to her again. In part because of her, I hugged my children everyday when they were at home and everyday when I see them. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. They sometimes find it annoying and bothersome, but love is like sunshine and they can't hide from it.

 

Rob McKay Posted at 10:19am

When I originally wrote this, I wrote that I remember Amy saying "Love is like sunshine." Last night, I checked my journal that I wrote at the time and I wrote in there that Amy said "Hugs are like sunshine". I can't edit my post, so I'm making the correction here.
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Alex Green

Posted at 08:30pm
Thanks for all your smiles, Amy.
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Alex Green

Posted at 08:25pm
I knew Amy as a friend who loved to talk and share her full life with people like me who lived nearby. I remember how fun it was to see her cheerful personality as I came to her and her parents' home to collect the month's subscription for the Daily Herald I delivered. Later we frequented the same church circles and I grew to know her even more. I have known many people like Amy and I have loved each one. Her smile and laugh will be missed.
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