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MORRISSEY-O'ROURKE, Amy Age 47, of Jamaica Plain, MA, died on December 12, 2019. Amy taught English at Brookline High School for more than 15 years. Previously she taught in both the Wellesley and Burlington school systems. She earned her undergraduate degree in English and Women's Studies from Wesleyan University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She leaves behind her husband and best friend, Matthew O'Rourke, and her two loving and loved boys, Gus and Gabriel. Amy is also survived by her mother, Terry Sheehan, of Roslindale, sister Laura Morrissey of Jamaica Plain, nephew Francis Morrissey, mother-in-law Marilyn O'Rourke, and brothers-in-law Chris, John, Tim, and Stephen O'Rourke, along with many devoted aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Brian Smith and her father, Frank Morrissey. Amy had a radiant smile, infectious laugh, and gave the most embracing hugs. She'll be remembered for her silliness, fun, warmth, wit and compassion with friends, colleagues, students, extended family, and above all her children. As a teacher, she loved to engage with teens and was a passionate advocate for LGBTQ students, students of color, just plain quirky kids, and young people facing all manner of disadvantages. We miss her so much already and yet are so grateful for the time we had with her and so mindful of what she taught us. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Brookline at 382 Walnut St., at 10 am. Children are welcome. The family is at work setting up a scholarship in Amy's name for Brookline High Students. Meantime, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Amy's name to the Steps to Success Program that promotes equity for students from low-income families in Brookline (PO Box 470421, Brookline Village, MA 02447) or to the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI; Online guestbook at George F. Doherty & Sons Dedham 781-326-0500

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Published in Boston Globe from Dec. 19 to Dec. 22, 2019.
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December 22, 2019

The depth of your commitment, love and respect for Amy and your family will live on. From being your neighbor and friend, I know that to be true.

My thoughts are with you and my heart goes out to you everyday.

With love,

Susan Roberts
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