Amy Klair Gilmore

NEWPORT NEWS - Amy Klair Gilmore, 43, passed away Tues., Feb. 26, 2013 at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Mineral Wells, Texas on Oct. 15, 1969 and grew up as a military "Brat" that lived in many forts and posts overseas and throughout the USA. She attended the University of Maryland Munich in Germany and received an associate's degree, later graduated in Newport News, Virginia Christopher Newport University with a bachelor's in early education, and a master's degree in reading and literacy from Walden University. Amy was a teacher at Kiln Creek Elementary School from 2002 to the beginning of 2013 teaching kindergarten and first grade. She had a passion for her students and teaching and taught until her final weeks. She was genuinely revered by all who met her. She is survived by her two sons, Andrew and Alexander Wuchte; her parents, Pamela and Richard Gilmore of Newport News; sister, Jennifer Smith (Christopher); niece and nephew, Madeline and Clay of Surry. This was her gift - family and friends. Her home showed her devotion to two son's and reflected an avid quilter, decorator, and noble spirit. Those who knew Amy could only marvel at her strength and dignity caring for a special needs son, Andrew. The home she created allowed Andrew to prosper into a young adult with a future as bright as Amy's always positive outlook on life in the puzzle we call autism. She also made a home for Alexander to be a big younger big brother to Andrew. The character of Alex is a mirror of Amy's warmth. This gift from Amy - to create such a beautiful home and family is a legacy of love. Thank you Mom!! A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., March 2 at Peninsula Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service at the Gilmore residence. Interment will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Alexander Wuchte.

Published in Daily Press on Feb. 28, 2013