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|Amy Elizabeth Friend|
|Viewing: February 20, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church (Saturday)|
Service: February 20, 2106 at 11:00 A.M. (Saturday)
Location: St. Bernadette Catholic Church
Amy Elizabeth (nee Ward) Friend lost her fight against cancer on Jan 31st. The wonderful staff at the Franklin Square Hospital "Season's Hospice" in Baltimore gave Amy all the loving care possible to try to keep her comfortable and pain free in her last days.
The initial service and celebration of Amy�s life will be on: February 20 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 70 University Blvd, E., Silver Spring, MD 20901. There will be a 10:00 am Visitation in the church followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:00 am.
There will be luncheon to follow at Argyle Country Club. Directions will be provided after the mass.
The second ceremony will be the interment of Amy�s ashes with Grandma and Grandpa Maxwell in Port Jefferson. This will take place in the Spring (when the weather will have improved to permit this to happen) and will allow those in or near New York to attend. We will advise our family and friends of the dates and times when we have made these arrangements.
In Lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Amy�s name to Seasons Hospice, www.seasonsfoundation.org or Hope House Ministries, www.hhm.org.
Amy grew up in Port Jefferson, NY, where she was known for her quick wit, easy smile, love of swimming and athletic prowess. (The high school boys� basketball coach said "Amy, with that jump shot, if you were a boy you'd be a starter.") Amy graduated with scholastic and athletic honours, and continued achieving at the State University Potsdam, NY, majoring in Art History (and basketball). After college, Amy worked in different parts of the country, was married briefly and finally settled in Baltimore. She passed the stringent requirements and physical tests to become one of the relatively few female Baltimore City Firefighters. Unfortunately, her night vision began to fail and she had to retire early. Amy then became a nurse�s assistant at Union Memorial Hospital where she met Gerri Langenfelder, a remarkable retired nurse, who became Amy's dearest friend. It was Gerri who urged and helped Amy to apply to the Franklin Square Hospital Nursing Program. (Just an aside: while studying to become an RN, Amy and Gerri visited the Ward family in Port Jefferson. Picture Amy floating on a raft in the Ward swimming pool, studying, taking a swim, studying, taking a swim, etc. She loved it!) After Amy received her RN degree she was instantly hired by Franklin Square Hospital because of her record and work ethic. From the word �Go� Amy was a patient's nurse. Always available (on the double), always kind, always her patient�s advocate. They loved her because she was not afraid to challenge a prescribed procedure if she thought it might not be right for her patient. Amy's caring commitment earned her the respect of her co-workers, especially long time nurses who loved her professional dedication. Amy was simply �born to be a nurse.� Sadly, Amy's tenure as a nurse was all too brief. Her eyesight, which had been deteriorating over the years, finally reached a point where she could no longer do the job she loved. Her family and her �nursing family� rallied 'round to try to help Amy adjust to a different life� but God had other plans. (Hopefully one with a swimming pool.)
Amy is survived by her father Harry; sisters: Kathie, Andrea and Laura; brothers: Damian and Justin; nieces: Victoria, Olivia and Erica Patton and Jillian Colucci; nephews: Spencer Patton, Brady and Harrison Colucci, John and Ryan Ward; brothers-in-law: Ron Patton, Michael Colucci and Peter Field; sister-in-law: Brandy Ward.
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