Amy Short-Ashworth
1974 - 2020
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Amy Short-Ashworth

Amy Tegan Short-Ashworth, 46, passed away August 1, 2020, in Scottsdale, following a four-year struggle with adrenal cancer. Her mother and her husband were with her when she passed.

Amy was born March 9, 1974, in Mesa, to Jerry Short and Deirdre Pain. She grew up in Tempe and Scottsdale, graduating from Coronado High School. She attended Northern Arizona University, majoring in the Hospitality program.

For many years, Amy managed Malee's Thai Bistro, a restaurant her mother Deirdre founded in 1987. She moved to Austin, Texas in 2007 and two years later married her husband Gavin Ashworth. After the 2012 birth of their son, Jerry ""JJ"" Ashworth, she returned with her husband to Arizona to be closer to family and devote her life to raising Jerry, her stepdaughter Isadora Ashworth, and Nyah Hernandez.

""Amy could light up any room with her energy,"" said her mother. ""Even when she was deep in pain, she would walk into the chemo center with a big smile on her face. She'd hug everyone, ask how they were doing, and get everyone laughing. She was blessed with the most generous spirit. She was always there for everyone who needed her. She handled herself with such grace and beauty.""

Amy is survived by her husband, Gavin Ashworth, her three children, Jerry Ashworth, Isadora Ashworth and Nyah Hernandez; her mother, Deirdre Pain, and her sister, Halley Short. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Short. Other survivors include her stepmother Beatrix Short, and her aunts, Brenda Meyer, Maeve Rigler, Olwen Pongrace, Deborah Risteak, and her in-laws Mary Dillon, Tom Ashworth & PJ Carness.

Due to the pandemic, it was Amy's wish that her memorial be held when her many friends and family could safely gather together. The service will be held November 1, 2020 at a site to be determined. She is being laid to rest at Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85257, (480) 945-2654.

Those who wish to may make donations in Amy Ashworth's name to the Adrenal Cortical Cancer Research Fund at the University of Michigan, Medicine Office of Development, 1000 Oak Brook Drive, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6815; 734-763-1639. Donations will be going to the Rogel Cancer Center Adrenal Cancer Program (fund number 310488). http://giving.medicine.umich.edu/

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 16, 2020
Amy was a bright spirit, and you could feel the love and light in her presence. I feel fortunate to have gotten to know her, although for a brief time. I have much admiration and respect for her--she was an inspiration. May her legacy continue through her loved ones.
Mollie Kidari
Friend
August 15, 2020
A beautiful and brave soul, that loved her family so very much. She will be missed but her love will live on through those who love and care about her. No more pain, sweet angel. Your strength has been an example to us all. God’s love and peace.....
Melanie McCulloch
Friend
August 14, 2020
I was able to know Amy through both our kiddos attending school together. One very fun and and fond memory of I have of her is participating at the fun run for our kindergarten kids. She was dancing, marking shirts, joking and singing "i'm bad and i'm boujee". It was hilarious! She was so fun, uplifting and full of life. It's remarkable considering all she was caring on her shoulders. May she be in peace resting in the comfort of the Lord. XO
Ellen Parrott
Friend
August 9, 2020
This broke my heart learning about sweet Amy. I am also comforted knowing she is no longer suffering. However, because of the grace that she always held you would never even know that she was in pain or suffering at all. She was the bravest woman I know, head always held high. Amy was the most loving, outgoing and hilarious woman who could make anyone laugh within minutes of meeting them. I met Amy in 2000 when I was just 17 and she immediately took me under her wing and while working together she would give the best advice and was always right. It was annoying. She continued with this love and guidance even just a couple of years ago coaching me with what to bring to the hospital for the birth of my son and with labor advice, that I absolutely took! I have always admired and looked up to Amy and I will always hold a special place in my heart for this woman. Thank you for inspiring me and all of us everyday with your joy, Amy. My world is definitely a brighter place with having had you a part of it. Sleep with the Angels, beautiful girl.
Margery Chandler
Friend
August 9, 2020
CONDOLENCES TO GAVIN AND HIS FAMILY !!! AMY WAS A LOVELY PERSON AND THE WORLD WILL BE LESS WITHOUT HER !!! I DIDN'T KNOW HER WELL OR VERY LONG, BUT THE COUPLE OF TIMES I MET HER, SHE WAS SO VERY NICE AND GOOD NATURED !!! REST IN PEACE, MA'AM, YOU WILL SURELY BE MISSED !!
RIKK NIELSEN
Acquaintance
August 9, 2020
What a beautiful soul.. So sorry Halley (Family) for your loss!
Friend
August 9, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joan williams
Friend
August 8, 2020
She was a great lady with great heart and beatiful smile.
I am going to pray for her.
A hug for Deidre.R I P
MARCELA HERNANDEZ
Coworker
August 8, 2020
Such a bright spirit and a loving soul; her kindness and warmth was limitless. The world is a much darker place without her radiance. Amy, you dazzled us all! xo
Jennifer Crowe
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August 8, 2020
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