AMY HETAGER Amy Hetager, age 40, died on March 27, 2014 after a valiant 4 ½ year battle with brain cancer. She was born on June 4, 1973 in Grand Forks, ND and lived in Colorado Springs, CO from age one through college. She was a creative child who loved to dance, perform, write poetry, plays and stories. She was editor of her high school literary magazine. Amy graduated from the University of Kansas majoring in journalism and public relations. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, a KU Student Ambassador, and an intern at Disney World. After college Amy was an editor at Atwood Publishing in Overland Park, KS and began a business career with Kinko's Corporate in Boston. Her career as a senior implementation coordinator took her to several cites including NYC, Dallas, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Seattle. Upon moving to Santa Fe, Amy continued her love of running, hiking, climbing and resumed a hobby of gardening which soon became her life's work. Her enthusiasm for gardening and healthy foods lead her to on line advertising and marketing for Beneficial Farms CSA. She soon began other gardening ventures to include being the gardening coordinator for Earthcare, a sponsor of Local Organic Meals on a Budget, a Food Depot volunteer and a board member of Santa Fe Master Gardeners. Amy became a co-founder of a non profit, Home Grown New Mexico, which promotes healthy eating by growing, raising, cooking and preserving local food and conducts classes in these skills. She organized the popular Kitchen Garden and Coop tours in Santa Fe and Corrales. Amy was full of life and entered each phase of her life with enthusiasm, boundless energy and a strong work ethic. She will be missed by her family, loved ones and the Santa Fe community. Amy is survived by her loving partner, Tony Ballantine, parents John and Nancy Hetager, grandmother Faye McCumber, sister Holly and brother-in-law Douglas Bradley, 3 nephews Dane, Duncan, and Holden and her German Shepherds, Lilly and Bodhi. A memorial Service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Servant, 2481 Legacy Ct, Santa Fe at 1 pm, Sunday, April 27, followed by a gathering in her beloved Milagro community garden adjacent to the church. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to homegrownnewmexico.org.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Apr. 17, 2014