Amy K. Lovell

Amy K. Lovell, beloved daughter of Mark and Lisa Owen and Rick and Pam Lovell, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Lawrence at the age of 33.

Amy leaves behind her mother, Lisa (Mark) Owen of Topeka; her father, Rick (Pam) Lovell of Topeka; two brothers, MacKenzie and Michael Owen; a step sister, Megan (Joe) Crumpton and two nieces, Kortney and Kendall Crumpton.

Amy loved her family and friends. She was proud of her younger brothers and loved spending time with her nieces.

Amy was born May 12, 1983 in Topeka. She graduated with honors from Seaman High School in 2001, earned a BS in Education, a BA in German and Special Education Certification from Baker University in 2005. Amy went on to earn a Masters in Education from Kansas University in 2009. While at Baker, Amy was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority and continued to be an active member after graduation. Amy’s bond with her Phi Mu sisters was lifelong. Amy taught 3rd and 4th grade at Kennedy and Deerfield Elementary in the Lawrence school district. Amy was an amazing daughter, sister, friend, colleague and educator. Her lifelong passion was teaching. Amy’s star burned brightly. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

“This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you”.

A celebration of Amy’s life will be Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Warren McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Baker University or Kennedy Elementary and sent in care of the Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka.

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16 Condolences

  1. Sherry Tamerius on June 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    To Amy’s family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Amy! I will keep your family in my prayers!

    Sherry Tamerius
    Pinckney Teacher

  2. Paula Meyers on June 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    To Amy’s family and friends,

    I’m so sorry to hear of Amy’s passing. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Paula Meyers
    Kennedy Teacher

  3. Donna Lang on June 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    My class spent time in Amy’s room being book buddies with her class. She was great with her students and a fun teacher to work with. She was always so positive with the kids. Bless all of you…

    Donna Lang
    Kennedy Elementary

  4. Lisa Powell on June 28, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Amy’s passing. I am saddened by your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lisa Powell
    Kennedy Teacher

  5. Courtney Craig on June 28, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Amy’s passion for Phi Mu was apparent in her commitment and willingness to work hard and volunteer to help any time it was needed. Her energy was boundless and I am better for knowing her. Sending love to her family.
    ~Courtney Craig
    Phi Mu

  6. Jenna Merriman on June 28, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Sending love and my condolences to Amy’s family.

    Jenna Merriman
    Phi Mu

  7. Amanda Mae Miller on June 29, 2016 at 8:51 am


    You are one in a million. Your sorority sisters love you. You will be missed.

    Love in our Bond,
    Amanda Mae Miller
    Zeta Alpha Chapter of Phi Mu
    Baker University

  8. Jessica Hirsch-Jeffery on June 29, 2016 at 9:18 am

    You will be missed by so many! Your smile was contagious and you were always willing to take care of anyone that needed you!

    To Amy’s family,
    I am so sorry for this loss and the hurt you all must be feeling. May god give you comfort in the days, weeks, and months ahead when trying to deal with the incredible loss!

    Jessica Hirsch-Jeffery
    Zeta Alpha
    Baker U.

  9. Kelli Bates on June 29, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I was so very sorry to hear of Amy’s passing from Erica. I met Amy through teaching in the district and as a parent at Pinckney. She had such a sweet spirit and will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss and will be saying prayers for peace.

  10. Frank Wright on June 29, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Lisa, Mark & family – Kim and I are so sorry for your loss of Amy. She was a beautiful part of your family and I know she will be missed by all of you as well as her many friends. You are in our thoughts.

  11. Loretta Sickmann on June 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    My thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with in your time of sorrow. I hope all the wonderful memories will help you during this difficult time.
    Take care,

  12. Heather Huninghake Arnett on June 29, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Dear, sweet Amy you were an amazing person. I am a better person because you were part of my life. We loved you so much and will continue to do so everyday.

    Amy’s family,
    I’m so sorry for you loss. Amy was incredible. I was blessed to know her. I pray for you during this difficult time.

  13. Anne Bailey, Sarah Truex, Rachel Barnes on June 30, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Amy’s Teaching World

    These are a few thoughts of our memorable time working with Amy at Deerfield.
    With love—
    Anne Bailey, Sarah Truex, Rachel Barnes

    *Amy never forgot students’ names….and after the first week of school…..she had the entire third grade names and faces memorized…..and their siblings, and whose family they came from.

    *Amy was brilliant! She loved history….she loved reading and shared that love with her students.

    *She always pushed her students to do their best with higher-level concepts and challenges.

    *She was so enthusiastic about teaching that she worked to take a “teachable moment” and expand the moment into an unbelievable lesson.

    *She loved chocolate…..any way, shape, or form.

    *When we ordered from Sonic once a month, she requested no onions…she hated onions…..she called them “infidels”!

    *She loved Coke Zero and cherry vanilla Coke Zero with extra cherries… fact….she’d scavenge cherries from other people’s drinks.

    *She took time to go the extra mile….she helped students work through problems after school on her own time.

    *She inspired struggling students to see that they could do anything they set their minds to do.

    *She loved referencing episodes of “Friends” and “Gilmore Girls”….and loved to talk about how life connected with the characters on the shows. If we missed a show, she couldn’t keep the plot to herself…..she couldn’t keep anything a secret.

    *She gave GREAT shoulder rubs!

    *She was always there to give motivational speeches when we struggled with something, and had perceptive insight into how to make things better. She had a deep level of caring for us.

    *She was always learning…..always checking in with us about how she was doing.

    *Her playground whistle blowing was infamously LOUD and shrill! She got everyone’s attention!

    *She was constantly reinventing lessons and adding technology to make learning new and exciting.

    *Amy was not only our colleague…..she was our friend, counselor, and co-conspirator, our partner in laughing and sharing. Amy will be greatly missed.

    PS–Amy loved musicals….and the following song is dedicated to her.

  14. John Bode on June 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to Amy’s family, friends, coworkers, and students. She will be missed by many.
    With sympathy,
    John Bode
    New York Elementary

  15. Crystalyn Mumaw on June 30, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I am so sad to hear of Amy’s passing. I ran into Amy a lot at work meetings. She was always very generous and willing to give a helping hand. Her passion for her job and her students was very obvious. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

    Crystalyn Mumaw
    Pinckney Teacher

  16. Hannah on July 20, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Well th;&re#39es pretty much nothing I don't like about this recipe! I didn't know you could eat silken tofu straight out of the packet though.. . i wanted to try it but i was too scared. so it's okay then?

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