On May 1st, 2016 - the world lost a beautiful daughter, sister, teacher and friend, Amy Denissen. Amy passed away after a six year journey with ovarian cancer. Amy was full of gusto, passion, compassion and kindness. A committed teacher who cared deeply for her students, Amy was a public sociologist whose research and writing was focused on making this world a better and more just place. A fierce activist for social justice, Amy celebrated May Day (International Workers Day) with us from her place in heaven. Striking a pose at two years old, Amy never stopped dancing. Dance was a lifelong passion, an art, a celebration, and most importantly - a community. One she cared deeply for. Amy will continue to dance in our hearts....
This memorial fund will support a Celebration of Life in honor of Amy that will be held on Saturday May 28th, 2016 from 1:30-4:00pm at Mountain View Mortuary in Altadena, CA. The Celebration will take place in the Art Gallery room. The building address is 2300 N. Marengo, Altadena. There is a parking lot but closest parking is on the street (Alameda St). Please RSVP by going to eventbrite.com and searching for "Amy Denissen."
Funds may also support the families expenses related to Amy's green (eco-friendly) burial at Davis Memorial Cemetery and Arboretum in Davis, CA on Friday, May 6th.
A portion of the funds will also be donated to afterschool program charities that bring the Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs swing dancing opportunity to young people who would not otherwise have access to art and dance programming. Amy selected this charity while in hospice because it brings together two passions: dance and social justice. Amy has danced since she was a little girl. Dance built confidence, developed team work, and fostered a commitment to excellence in Amy's life while offering an outlet for expression and fostering community. Amy also cared deeply about closing equity and opportunity gaps to ensure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to opportunities that support their passion while having the power to change lives.
The family would like to thank all of Amy's friends and colleagues who held Amy's hand on this journey over the last six years. To her doctors who opened as many doors as possible to help Amy live as long as possible with grace and power. Also for the stories you've all shared with us over the last few weeks that bring great comfort. You will be in our hearts always.