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Amy L. McDonough

July 8, 1976 — February 20, 2023

Phoenix

Amy L. McDonough

Amy Lorraine McDonough passed away on February 20, 2023 with her husband and children at her side.

Amy was born on July 8, 1976 to Edward James McDonough III and Barbara Jean Stark in Tucson, Arizona.

Amy lived many places as a child, but some of her favorite memories were made in the desert surrounding a rock house her father built.  She wrote a memoir about her life titled, Crooked Hair Girl, which was published in 2022.  Whenever she gave the book to someone, she always encouraged them to laugh in the right places.

She graduated high school from Mojave Valley in Bullhead City, Arizona and graduated summa cum laude  from the University of Pittsburgh with a triple major in sociology, psychology, and anthropology and a minor in feminist theory.

Amy always placed the needs of others above her own.  She loved caring for animals and worked as a veterinary technician for many years.  She also served survivors of sexual assault at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, but her biggest  passion was being a homeschooling mother to her three children, Ava, Sullivan, and Juniper and being the perfect  wife for her husband, Jeff.

She met her husband, Jeff Sanger, in a crowded classroom at Arizona State University.  Their first date was on Valentine's Day, 1995, at the Nobel Science Library.  They loved raising their children together and caring for the many pets Amy rescued over the years.  They are two parts of the same soul and will be reunited one day.

Amy was predeceased by her brother, Bobby, her father, and her mother.  She is survived by her husband and three children who will carry the love she gave them in their hearts for all time.  Her many dear friends she made over the years will remember how closely she always listened, how hard she laughed and how deeply she loved them.  The light she brought this world will never be diminished.

Services will be for immediate family only, as Amy had wished.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the World Wildlife Fund at this link:  

https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/TR/PandaNation/Panda-Nation?px=18053251&pg=personal&fr_id=1402

 

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