Amy Loryn Guy passed away peacefully at home after flowing gracefully through a 2 1/2 journey with cancer.
She was born August 22, 1958, in New York City, New York to Robert E. Guy and Lyola (Lee Lee) W. Cyr. The young family moved west shortly after the birth of their daughter.
Amy attended Evergreen and Columbine High Schools, Warren Tech, ultimately graduating from Grand Junction High School in 1976. After high school Amy joined a carnival and traveled throughout the country, ending up in Canada. She hitchhiked home with a 6-foot pink panther on her back for her little sister. She had a fearless, adventurous soul, which led her to many diverse life experiences. She worked in the field in North Dakota taking seismograph readings, discovered her love of all things culinary waiting tables in New York City, and spent time in an Arizona. In 1987 Amy received her associate degree in graphic design from Mesa College.
On July 26, 1994, her son Liam Wilder Guy-Hamer was born. His arrival brought her joy and new purpose.
Amy was a lifelong artist, and her creativity and talent were evident in everything she did. She created ice and fruit sculptures with the same skill she brought to her sculpted scenes in the art world. Amy was a dynamo in the food services industry, and worked in every capacity, from waitressing to working as a sous chef, to the hectic kitchens of the Telluride Film Fest and the Bluegrass Fest in Palisade, which she oversaw for a time. She worked (and lived above) Sundrop Groceries for many years, gaining a deep knowledge of the intricacies of flavor. She developed extraordinary menus to prepare for guests of the Cliff House in Evergreen, and reliably brought the best dish to the party. Throughout her life, she was creating brilliant paintings, drawings and sculptures that showcased her irreverent humor, her brave self-reflection, and her absolute love of the human experience. It was this love that led her to her work as a psych tech at GJRC caring for the residents who in turn grew to love her. She worked there until her diagnosis left her unable to continue.
As Amy’s illness progressed, her memory began to lapse, but she remained aware, smiling, and perpetually in the now, a most graceful Zen master. Her greatest art was in how she loved people.
Amy was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, her brother, Lin O. Guy, several aunts and uncles, including her favorite aunt Barbara Parker.
She is survived by her son Liam, her sister Adrienne Guy, niece Lyric, nephew Ethan, her many cousins including Sheri Cowles (Daigle) and Guy Parker, her sister-in-law Eve Kirkhart, and many heartbroken friends she considered to be family.
A Celebration of Amy Guy’s Very Meaningful Life will be held on Saturday October21 beginning at 2:00 at Amy’s home. Mexican food potluck, BYOBB. 329 Teller GJ, Co.