SUYAMA, Amy Aiko April 26, 1961 to September 10, 2016 Amy Suyama died on a beautiful Sonoma County fall day, September 10, 2016, doing what she loved, riding her bike. She was on a 65-mile ride with the Tour De Fuzz. Amy loved so many people and so many things; she generated cheer at the grocery, the gym, the produce market, the bank, the hardware store, the bike store, wherever she went. Her quick sense of humor and her ridiculously bright smile, her warmth and care...she'd get your life story out of you whether you wanted to tell it or not. All you needed was a minute with her and she was yours. She adored her dogs, Sammy and Ray, Martha, Olive and Maizie, as well as the wild birds outside her window, "they're eating me out of house and home." She had an unending passion for her work in organic produce, marveling at the change of the seasons and the bounty of our farmers. She loved to cook for her friends. Her home was gorgeous and full of neatly arranged things that she loved. She was a loyal fan of the Warriors, especially Sean Livingston...at least for last season, she was a bit basketball player fickle. In her life, she was fiercely loyal and true, she'd pinch a penny to save two bucks and then give you a hundred. She leaves a vast and unique array of loved ones behind, especially Andy and Christine and Barbara and Carolina and her most beloved Mary. We were the lucky ones who shared her life for so many years. She also leaves behind her dear family, two sisters, Carol and Sara, and three brothers, Jon, Peter and Paul. She also leaves her dear mom, Virginia. We are all blessed by her being here and also by her leaving, hard as that is. Amy was one of a kind. She was not a saint, in fact, was very strong willed, but her beauty was in her heart, her all embracing heart. Those who were lucky enough to experience her love, even if for a minute, were forever touched. What a wild ride. "Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith....it is the price of love." Indeed. All of us welcome this deep sorrow for the deep pleasure of having known Amy Suyama. Donations can be made in her name to the Sonoma County Humane Society on Highway 12, in Santa Rosa. A celebration of Amy's life to be held at a later date.
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Published in Press Democrat from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2016.