Amy Muir passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the young age of 44. Amy was born In Amherst, Massachusetts, where she later returned to Amherst College. From there, she moved onto Evanston, Illinois where her father was getting his PhD in chemistry and where she may have begun developing her love of science. She spent the rest of her childhood and teenage years in Bethesda, Maryland and enjoyed playing years of soccer and summering at Lake Winnipesaukee, water skiing, boating, and playing cribbage. At Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School she was on the varsity soccer team and literary magazine staff and in the science club. She got her degree in biology from Amherst College, and one of the things of which she was most proud was her work during the summers with pioneers in early gene splicing and viral research. Amy went directly into medical school at the University of Virginia studying to be a doctor while also continuing her work as a medical researcher.
While in Medical school, Amy had a severe car accident that left her with a head injury and broken bones throughout her body. In addition to the challenges of her accident and recovery, Amy faced challenges from the onset of mental health issues that started in her early adulthood. Going through intensive rehabilitation and counseling was a long and continuous struggle for Amy, and she experienced many ups and downs, including having to work on overcoming prescription drug addiction. Her journey towards recovery brought her to connect with many amazing people and organizations that were instrumental in her rebuilding her life and dreams. Amy had amazing courage and fortitude in facing these challenges. She fought the fight and wrote on her most recent Mother's Day card that she had grown up twice. In her second growing up she was proudest of the ways she was able to receive and give love and feel comfortable with herself.
Amy enjoyed volunteering at the Head Injury Rehab Services (HIRS) and saw it as a tremendous opportunity to give back to others. She felt privileged to have worked with her colleagues at Housing Unlimited (HUI), ultimately serving as the Tenants' Council President. She was also very happy that she was was recently selected and participated as a community leader at a State forum on advocacy for the disabled. She enjoyed the many friends and relationships she made at HIRS, HUI and St. Luke's House and felt a tremendous sense of belonging and purpose through these relationships.
Amy was a loving daughter, sister and aunt. She was a talented cook, quilter and student who loved country music and reading mystery books. Recently she sought out opportunities to bring people together and especially enjoyed having people over and watching movies with her roommate.
Amy is preceded in death by her Grandparents, Anne and Ralph Pendery and Roger and Phyllis Muir, and her Aunt, Nancy Muir. She is survived by her mother, Nancy Pendery, her father, Warren Muir, and her step father, Howard Schwartz; by her brother, Doug Muir, and his wife, Laurel, and their children, Conor and Jackson of Denver; by her half Brothers Michael, Greg, and Daniel Muir, and by her step sister and brother, Marlene and Mark Schwartz.
Please join the family for a memorial service to be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 2:00 PM on Monday, June 13: 6030 Grovesnor Lane; Bethesda, MD 20814; (303) 530-1800
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to St. Luke's House www.stlukeshouse.org and Housing Unlimited www.housingunlimited.org.
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