My Turn: In loving memory of Amy Pass
TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; In the soul-searching aftermath of her unexpected passing, we would like to embrace the opportunity to write something in commemoration of our friend Amy Pass. Amy, and her much loved partner in crime PTW (Peter Maktenieks), left us in the early morning of Oct. 18 as a result of an accidental house fire on the West Shore. Instead of remembering her in conjunction with the horrific circumstances of the accident, we would like to celebrate the amazing person that Amy Pass was.Working alongside Amy at Rosieandamp;#8217;s Caf in Tahoe City has been an unforgettable experience for those of us who had the pleasure. Waiting tables in a resort town can be challenging, to say the least, unless that is, you worked with Amy. Amy had the ability to turn any situation into something hilarious. Her laugh was contagious, her smile was luminescent, and after hashing out your frustrations with Amy, it was hard to remember what you were even upset about in the first place. She was quick, clever and often had the whole restaurant in stitches.Amy loved her friends with every inch of her huge heart. She had this special way of being mad or sad with you andamp;#8212; the innate ability to provide the kind of comfort you can only find in your own mother. Amy would have done anything for a friend. She was extremely loyal and selfless; always by your side when you needed her, never judging. Everyone was the same in Amyandamp;#8217;s bright eyes. You feared nothing in confiding in her, for she took every secret with her when she passed.We have never met anyone who worked as hard as Amy Pass. Most days she worked doubles at Rosieandamp;#8217;s Caf and Big Water Grille. And no matter how exhausted she was, she still came to work every day and asked how everyone was doing. But the amazing thing about Amy was that this was no casual conversation andamp;#8212; she really wanted to know. She was a genuine girl who could brighten anyoneandamp;#8217;s day. We all feel so lucky to have been a part of Amyandamp;#8217;s life and will always hold a place for her in ours.We miss our friend so much already! All we can hope is that we are able to take what she has taught us and allow it to guide us through the rest of our lives. We will strive to make people laugh, and although we may not be quite as funny as she was, we will remember her when we are successful. We will try to listen better to others, as she did so therapeutically for us. We will try to not be so quick to judge, knowing that everyone was the same in Amyandamp;#8217;s eyes. And we will work hard as Amy did; with tough skin, as to not be bothered by the little things that she was so easily able to turn into a joke.And every time we Rosieandamp;#8217;s girls take our hard-earned tips and blow it all on a fun-filled day of laughter and shopping we will know that Amy is laughing with us. Though Amy is gone, she will never be forgotten.With Love andamp;#8212; Amyandamp;#8217;s Crew
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