1957 - 2013
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Amy Lynn Stevens passed away at the age of fifty-five on May 9, 2013, having battled breast cancer for fourteen years with exceptional grace and an unparalleled zest for life. A lifelong Manhattanite, after graduating from Elisabeth Irwin High School and then Colgate University, she built her career in fashion merchandise planning for such companies as Bloomingdale's, Ralph Lauren, Calypso, Custo Barcelona, and Marimekko. She was initially diagnosed with cancer following a difficult divorce, through which she likewise persevered. In her remaining years, Amy sought out treatments both pharmacological and holistic-which, combined with her indomitable will, enabled her always to live in style. She made sales for Saltwater Sandals and led trips to Vermont with the Miramar Ski Club, attended book club meetings, cheered on the New York Liberty and Yankees, practiced yoga with her family, helped her husband plan lessons for his class at P.S. 34, appeared even as an extra on a television show and in a feature film, and traveled around Scandinavia. She found some solace in the teachings of the Dalai Lama, who she had heard in person several times, and often used his teachings to solve practical problems in her own life as well as others'. What Amy considered her greatest achievements, however, were her tireless efforts as a loving mother. Time and again she demonstrated keen insight into the individual needs of her children, for whom she proudly acted as "PR rep."
This marvelous woman is survived by her parents, Judith and Sanford Stevens; husband Matthew Rudansky; sister Ellen Stevens and brother-in-law Tom Barberi; along with her sons Ruben, Joshua, and Ethan Leavitt. She will be remembered for her signature phrase "How great," her brilliant smile, and her tremendous personal fortitude.
Published on NYTimes.com from May 17 to May 18, 2013