FLANDERS--Amy Ober. Born February 14, 1956 in New York City, died suddenly at her home in Orange County, NY on November 13, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Richard Flanders, her sister, Dody Ober Schwartz (Les) of Colorado, her nephews Tim Schwartz (Laryssa) and their children, and Michael Schwartz (Suzy) all of Colorado; in-laws Sue and Jim Edwards, their son Ryan of Idaho, their daughter Kristin (Mike) Thomason of California, and her step-mother Benita Ober of North Carolina. Amy graduated from Hunter College High School, Barnard College and New York University School of Social Work. She acted and directed at Barnard, and the American Place Theater, and in the Miracle Plays at Glastonbury Abbey. She joined Richard in a thriving nutritional counseling business through Shaklee Corporation. Amy worked at the Karen Horney Clinic in New York City, first as a psychotherapist, and eventually as Director of the clinic's trauma program. She was a beloved fixture at Broadway Concerts Direct, in which her husband frequently performed. Amy had a quick, original and delicious wit. Her intelligence, insight and compassion were lavished on family, friends, clients, her organic garden, her pets, the earth, and every deer mouse that made it into her cupboards. A long time student of Dr. Jean Houston's Mystery School, and of (the late Isa) and Yolanda Lindwall, she made a lifelong study of the spiritual as well as psychosocial dimensions of healing and wholeness. In her quiet, unconditional love, she changed lives. She was a vast, irreplaceable presence on this plane. We love her dearly, we are frozen with shock and inconsolable with grief. We will never be the same. Contributions in Amy's memory can be made to: Alley Cat Allies, The Wolf Center, Zani's Furry Friends, North Shore Animal League. Contact the family regarding a memorial service December 15, 2012.
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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 25, 2012