Amy Crowder, 39, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away May 22, 2010. Celebration of Life from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, at Mt. Washington Chapel Mausoleum, Independence, Mo. She is preceded in death by her father, Michael Crowder, and grandparents, Carl and Thelma Yancey. Amy is survived by her mother, Kathy and step-father Dennis Claus, Smithville, Mo.; sister, Jennifer Closser of Kansas City, Kan.; grandmother, June Brownfield of Sedalia, Mo.; two nephews and two nieces. Arr.: Mt. Washington Forever Funeral Home, (816) 252-4141.
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That smile of welcome as we walked through your front door. Loved you then, love you now.
Steve and Vicki Dobson
May 20, 2019
Amy, I miss you so much, you can never be replaced. I have searched high and low since you've left us and have not found anyone close to what you had blessed me with. May you bless us with your love and memory. Your love for your work is displayed in each piece gracing our bodies. Thank you, you won't be forgotten
Samantha Willis
January 25, 2018
Its snowing tonight in the wee hours at the Cabin and I found myself thinking of you Amy. I miss you
February 24, 2016
Five years. Hard to believe. Amy was a special friend who I still miss very much. But she lives on in our memories. That photo of her wearing her "science it works...." t-shirt is on my dresser. It's a favorite.
October 10, 2015
Thinking of my friend this morning, she will always be in my heart and my mind.

October 9, 2015
Sandy G
September 25, 2015
I miss my daughter Amy very much and I can't believe she has been gone over 5 years now. I love the photo that was just posted of her holding her camera in a field or yard. Her sister Jenny now uses her camera to take pictures of her family. Please keep posting memories of Amy, it is comforting to know that there are so many people who still think about her.
Kathy Claus
September 23, 2015
September 22, 2015
June 24, 2015
June 24, 2015
I would like to thank Chip Taylor for keeping up this page.
Paula Holland
April 11, 2015
I'm happy to have met such a loving soul, I miss you Amy and you are not forgotten
January 19, 2015
I still miss you Amy.....and always will. Always a loving loyal friend.

December 1, 2013
I have only just found out.
Amy, was such an amazing talent.
Such a huge loss of an amazing soul.
Steff D
November 27, 2013
Dear Amy, we are still talking about you, we will never never forget you!
Paula Holland
October 22, 2013
I was blessed enough to be friends with Amy when she lived here in 1998 or 99. We met at work and just clicked. She was awesome. She had Easter dinner with me. we lost touch, i tried to find her a few times. and tonight I tried again and was brought here. I'm very sad. What happend? i already missed you amy, now just a little more. and thoughts to her family. I'm glad I was able to call her my friend, even if it was for a short time.
Kimberly Coats
July 4, 2013
Our beloved Amy Crowder,

Is still in my head, on my Facebook profile I saved the pictures that fans of Amy Crowder still will remember.

Her death has left a deep impression on us, but with great pleasure I read all the fine posts on this blog, of all the people who have known Amy often personally. Unfortunately I have never taken the chance to actually meet her.

Well I think she greatly enjoyed life, because all her pictures is Amy Crowder to see with a broad smile. As if she would say "Dear people grieve not for me ....."

Dear Amy, I will never forget you, for sure I will write again on this blog.

Again and again and again.....
Paula Holland
September 9, 2012
We exchanged emails on a number of occasions Amy's help and advice was much appreciated. I will miss Amy and her informative website. To leave us at such a young age it is just not fair. Take comfort in the knowledge that her presence will always be with us in our hearts and in our minds
Paul Kopii
September 8, 2012


In my corset I
Feel thin and lean
My waist is constricted
Without any pain

Down to a 22 from
A 26 inch waist
Inch by inch as I
am tightly laced

Around my body it
Is snug and warm
Squeezing firmly like
A silk stalking glove

It Defines the curves,
smoothes out lumps,
Especially if you have
Junk in your trunk

Reshaping my form
And reducing my waist
Creating an illusion of
the perfect barbie frame

I Walk proud and I
Stand tall this corset
I wear Is the cause
of it all

I glow with radiance
And sex appeal
causing not just men
but the girls to stare

So next time you see
A perfect ten stroll bye
you might find yourself
Staring because you are

if this happens don't
hesitate to tell her she
looks good with a
Corseted waist
May 28, 2012
you do not know me but i have just come across the news of this horrible tragedy and i was crushed, emotional for about fifteen min let me tell you an underdog corsetiere starting out in the field you were the inspiration that would keep me going through the trials and errors in those first few years. I finally became good enough and opened my business in 2006, and because i would visit your site so much just reading and trying to mimic your quality..i feel like i like we had something in common. Anyway, as a fellow corsetiere i will never forget the inspiration you have been in my success..RIP Amy...."corsetfitz" fine corsets
donna newton
May 28, 2012
Birthday Wishes.........
April 26, 2012
Still missed, still loved.
Steve & Vicki
April 26, 2012
Today would have been your 41st birthday.

Happy Birthday

April 25, 2012
Thinking of you Amy.
Suzanne Zibar
March 7, 2012
I met Amy when we both lived in Milwaukee, WI in 1998 - she had her WASP Creations company, she also had a boyfriend who worked at the Milwaukee Reporatory Theater, and I had my data entry job at a postal supplies company. I brought Amy to my company Christmas party. The following summer she moved back to Kansas City - I called her a couple times, but I guess she had a busy life. I didn't know about her passing until today. She was so beautiful - I miss her..

Crystal (Glendale, AZ)
Crystal Klinger
November 19, 2011
Grief makes you speechless, especially when I view the video images of Amy Crowder once again on YouTube

I've never met Amy Crowder in person, but she must have been a wonderful woman, again and again that is underlined here with all these beautiful words.

Beloved Amy, we will never forget you, you are close to my heart forever!
Paula Holland
November 12, 2011
I never met Amy but my partner new her quite well at one time and thinks of her often and all her Amy stories end with what a wonderful and unique person she was. Even though I did not know in a way I did and will miss not having such a good person on this earth
October 18, 2011
October 18, 2011
Beloved Amy, we will never forget you, you are close to my heart forever!
Paula Holland
July 30, 2011
Beloved Amy, we will never forget you, you are close to my heart forever!
Paula Holland
July 30, 2011
A year has passed and not a moment goes by that I don't miss you Amy.
Sandy G
May 25, 2011
James Ottaviano
May 24, 2011
I miss you so very much, this time of the year is so hard for me. I still can't believe you have been gone a year now.

Love you, miss you.
Kathy Claus
May 23, 2011
It's been a year and our Amy is so missed. Recently it was my daughter's 1st birthday which is a happy day but also a very sad day for me knowing it was the last day that my sister was here with us. I feel like she is with me so many times helping pull me through. I love and miss her so much.

There's a line in a county song If Heaven Wasn't so Far by Justin Moore. "If heaven wasn't so far away I'd pack up the kids and go for the day".
Amy I would be there in an instant.

I see you in Ryan everyday, looks and talent. He love's his bike and the tricks. I wish you could have showed him a few things.
I love you
Until I see you again......
P. S. Your bread and I'm butter :-)
Jennifer Closser
May 20, 2011
Probably one of the very best websites devoted to corsetry; the 'kowledge' therein gave me so much evidence and help with a subject that really did need her profound expertise and practical knowledge of her craft. Not only did she make corsets - she dempnstrated tham by wearing them all day - and maybe more.
She is truly missed and quite irreplaceable. She made three for me and I treasure them.
Michael Gaze
May 1, 2011
I started dating Amy shortly before her 26th birthday. We celebrated her Golden birthday in Kansas City with a night out, a movie, and some homemade chocolate birthday cake. We spent the better part of the next 9 years together. She was a very special and amazing chapter in my life and on this what would have been her 40th I pause to remember the time we had together.
April 26, 2011
We met for the last time at our wedding, we bought wine glasses with the gift card our beloved Amy gave us. Never knowing it would be the last time we would see her. We never forget, nor shall we, whenever we drink from those glasses we make a toast "to Amy".

Happy Birthday pretty lady.

We love and miss you more than words on a screen can ever portray.
Steven and Vicki
April 26, 2011
Happy 40th Amy wherever you are. Always in our thoughts, never to be forgotten.
April 26, 2011
April 26, 2011
Happy Birthday my beautiful friend. You are missed more than words can convey.
April 26, 2011
Amy would have been 40 years old on the 26th. It took me 36 hours to bring her into this world and she left it in an instant.

Happy Birthday Amy, I love and miss youi so much.

Kathy Claus
April 25, 2011
Amy`s corset-designs are the inspiration for the corsetieres of the future, as the antique corsets are for the corsetieres of today..... So we will never forget you!

Rest In Peace!
Christina Sinclaire
April 16, 2011
I first met Amy when she lived in Michigan. She will be missed
Christie Lynn
April 10, 2011
I miss you and think of you ... every day
March 25, 2011
You inspired me to start making corsets. I will remember you and your wonderful work for the rest of my life. R.I.P
Luthien Tyranea
January 23, 2011
The website of Amy Crowder "Wasp Creations" is removed from the Internet

But Amy Crowder is in our memory forever!
Paula Holland
January 23, 2011
james ottaviano
January 18, 2011
For our friend Amy, invisible to us now but while you live on in our memories your smile is as bright as it ever was.

Miss you and love you.
Steven and Vicki
December 16, 2010
Missed but never forgot We all love,miss and think of You Ms Amy Always on my mind Babe your so missed and Loved Keep all those angels on thier toes wicked smile See you in my dreams Hun Oh and Merry Christmas
December 14, 2010
I cannot believe I am reading this. I knew Amy from when she first started making corsets. I helped her along the way with mechanical details. I had bought several of her corsets. She was such a kind and giving person. I spoke with here many times and was trying to contact her when I learned of this sad news. You will be missed my friend. I will think of you always.

Francine (AKA Bud)
Bud Mohrman
December 13, 2010
You have been gone for six months now and I still can't believe your gone.

Your family misses you so.

Lifes not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away.
November 12, 2010
Missing you Amy. We gathered at the cabin recently, and you were among us as we spoke of times gone by and the laughter we shared.
November 9, 2010
Sie war eine Künstlerin und ist durch ihre Arbeit unsterblich geworden.

She will never be forgotten.

Jürgen, Germany
November 8, 2010
Just because.
Steven and Vicki
October 16, 2010
Dear Amy,

I can still not understand, every time I visit this page comes up again the same question .....

I am always drawn back to your own website Amy, once again to enjoy your beautiful corsets. It seems nothing has changed, the studio camera is streaming it's like you so back in the picture may appear .....

The reality is unfortunately different, many fans, friends and family are left behind and remain in their own way to process their grief. Dear all, keep writing on this forum so we can better handle the loss of Amy.

Cristina Sinclaire

The Netherlands (Holland)
Christina Sinclaire
October 15, 2010
October 13, 2010
You are still missed dear friend. Every day, but all the more so when I go outside on these clear crisp nights and look up at the heavens ablaze with stars and galaxies.
October 10, 2010
Amy was a friend of mine, we visited KC for the first time since the memorial services.

Hard to think you are not there kiddo.

Love you!

Steve and Vicki
October 3, 2010
Two days ago I found out that you had passed from this world Amy. My heart saddened when I found this out. I'm 16, living in the south, I'm also male and tightlace daily. I had heard of you, a corset making legend, who was known for her kindness and good heart as much as for your skill. I'm so sorry I never got to speak with you, and that the world has lost such an artist. I'm sorry for those you leave behind as well, their loss is the hardest of all.
Peace to you, and peace to your family.
Chance King
October 2, 2010
So sorry to hear about the loss of Amy. I haven't been around much lately and just heard. I met her thru Earthriders MTB club. Rode with her (or I should say ate the dust of her bike!) a few times and admired her beautiful corsetry. She was a fantastic person and I still have the cayenne brownie recipe she gave me on my fridge! My thoughts are with your family, Amy. Rest in Peace
September 24, 2010
A day doesn't go by that I don't think of you. I miss you so much but I always feel your presence around me. I love you Amy!
Sandy G
September 23, 2010
Love you

Miss you....
September 23, 2010
Thinking of you Amy. Miss you beyond words.
September 21, 2010
September 21, 2010
Thank you Su.....I have been thinking of my Amy all day today, it has been a tough day. I was going through some of her personal files last night, I guess I'm still not ready. Thank you for thinking of her.

Take care,
August 10, 2010
August 9, 2010
So sorry to hear of your loss. Amy was a brilliant artist and a major inspiration. She will be very, very missed.
Joann C.
August 4, 2010
I had just met Amy this Spring at the third Friday Art Walk in Englewood.She was very nice as I told her how much I admired her art and her corsets are the finest works. She is beautiful and the love she expressed with her talent will always be admired.
July 31, 2010
Amy you will never die. You live on within our hearts. We are stunned.
Philip and susie Young
July 19, 2010
Was just told by my partner this morning that Amy had passed away i couldn't believe it...we were just talking about her the other day saying how we're well over due in ordering another corset from her...Amy has made 3 corsets for us over the years, she's the best!! we'll never find anyone that would come close to making the perfect corset... we're just so saddened that she's no longer with us. May you Rest in Peace Amy (to the legend corset maker) xo
July 18, 2010
Dearest family of Amy,

It was just today that the news of your loss was known to me. Your Amy was a wonderful person and I am so lucky to have had the time to listen to her tell me all about her life, her passions of bicycles and her business. But to hear her laugh was to me so wonderful to hear.
If you need anything let me know.
Bruce Meeks
July 9, 2010
This is Amy's mother and I want to thank every one who has posted such lovely comments and to know how very much they mean to me, my husband and Amy's sister Jenny.

She has been gone over a month now and it is still so hard to know that I cannot speak to her or see her again. It helps to know that she was loved and respected by so many people.

I have received many emails and a few phone calls regarding her cause of death. We are still waiting on the results from the medical examiner and I am told I should have the report by the end of July.

Again, I want to thank everyone for their concern but some of the emails and phone calls I have gotten have been very upsetting to me. I'm sure you mean well but how Amy died is on my mind 24 hours a day and believe me, I want to know more than any one else how Amy died.

Now is the time for positive thoughts and sincere wishes, that is what I need most.
Kathy Claus
July 2, 2010
I never met Amy, nor did business with her--I'm just a stray person off the Internet who knew about her website and thought that maybe one day I'd get around to ordering a corset from her--and always I thought there would be plenty of time in which to do that. So I am shocked and dismayed to hear of her passing.

I didn't know Amy personally, but the personality that shone through on her website made me wish I did. She struck me as warm, genuine, fun, and enthusiastic about her work. And I truly admired her too. Marching to the beat of her own drummer, embracing something she loved despite its "weirdness," and building a successful business out of it? That took a hell of a lot of guts.

So I've always been inspired by Amy's example; she's always been someone I could look at and say to myself, "Look at her! You think you can't do your own thing because it's too "different"? She's doing hers! And isn't it wonderful?"

To the people who actually knew her, and who loved her, I want to extend my sincerest condolences. If I--a random Internet stranger--am this sad at hearing about her death over a month after the fact, I can only imagine what her loss must be like for her family and friends. She was truly amazing, and my heart goes out to you all.
Melissa M.
July 1, 2010
So glad to have known you and to share work together. I know how you were looking forward to our ongoing project together. I feel so honored that we did get to work together and get it started.

I will miss you. Miss watching your face go from uncertainty to your gorgeous smile. I will keep with me the memory of our final dinner together. A dinner with friends old and new. So much fun.

I imagine everyone who knew you appreciated your genuineness. I'm sure all will miss your bright smile and your sense of humor. Many people, the world over, will miss you talent.

Your memory will live on.
Dusti Cunningham
June 25, 2010
June 24, 2010
Rest in Peace Dear Amy may the Angels of Heaven be touched by Your beautiful Soul
Maggie & Mike Winfrey
June 22, 2010
Amy has been an inspiration of mine since I first discovered her corset web site over 10 years ago. When I attended FIDM, I did several research reports, using her web site as my main source of information on tight-lacing and waist training. Her work was a major inspiration when I started making corsets professionally. She was always friendly and gracious in our brief email correspondences. We shared many clients, and I have always had a tremendous respect for her. Being in the same, small, unusual industry of custom corsetry, I have always felt a bond with Amy (as I do with all talented, professional corsetieres).
I have some health concerns and have always been plagued with worries of what might become of my clients, in the event that something should happen to me that prevents me from finishing outstanding orders that have been paid for. For this reason, I offer my free services to her husband, to aid in the completion of any outstanding orders. I am fully booked at this time, but will be available beginning September. I do not seek new clients, or compensation. I simply wish to relieve the family of financial obligation to clients who have paid. I am not skilled in leather work (as I am vegan) or pvc, but I am willing to help where I can, free of charge.
Alexis Black
June 22, 2010

Needless to say, when I heard of Ms. Amy Crowder's death I was shocked. I had the great fortune of knowing Ms. Amy Crowder through my interest in waist training. Over the years, I've purchased four corsets from her. My last one is a black leather corset which had been shipped on 08 April 2010. I still have the box. Of course it is beautiful, like the ones before. I have to say that Ms. Amy Crowder was a fine designer and craftsman. The corsets which she had made for me endured a lot of use and the construction stood up to the rigors of daily use.

I did meet with Ms. Amy on one occasion when she had her studio in York, Pennsylvania. She was kind enough to give me money for the parking meter. Inside, she measured me for a new corset. I viewed some of her latest designs and was really taken with a black material that just looked great. Immediately I knew that was the material I wanted for my next corset. She talked about new designs for corsets that would be comfortable to wear while working or exercising. It was a great time for me: to have met Ms. Amy Crowder, and seen her workshop and speak with a true artisan is a memory I will always cherish.

My heart goes out to Ms. Amy Crowder's family for their terrible loss. Their loss is shared by a much larger community. Thank you Ms. Amy Crowder for being who you were, and for your tremendous and incomparable contribution to the waist training community.

John Mastalski
June 15, 2010
To say that I was shocked by the news of Amy's passing would be an understatememt. While I had never met Amy in person I had know about her for years. What brought her into my life was her passion for bicycles and bicycle riding. It was easy to tell from our conversations that she was an energetic, enthusiatic, intellegent and incredibly talented individual. She lived her life the way that she wanted to live it, as it should be done...I wish I could be as brave as she was. My life was truly enriched by getting to know what little of her that I did. My deepest sympathies for her family, as there is nothing worse than loosing a child or a sibling. Even though I am not very religious, the creator felt a need to take her from this world when he/she did. Amy will be missed by many people from different walks of life. We have all been diminished through loosing her. I had been putting the bug in her ear about attending he North American Handbuilt Bicycle show some day, since she appreciated finely, uniquely hand crafted things. Now at least she will be there in spirit. Good bye Amy
George Tapley
June 10, 2010
My condolences to Amy's family and of course all of her friends. Amy's knowledge of corsets and her creations helped me to live a life with less pain and more joy; I will always be so grateful. Rest in peace beautiful lady.
Kristen Knudsen
June 7, 2010
I just learned of this site this morning. I met Amy at a conference last year and was impressed with her beautiful, gracious spirit. Just recently, I ordered a corset from her. She was so kind, patient and technically competent as she answered all of my questions and guided me through designing the corset. I am very sad that I will never see Amy again. But I am especially sad for her family and those who knew her well. Such a unique, kind soul, she was.
June 7, 2010
I never had the honor of meeting Amy Crowder,but have had the pleasure of admirering her skillfull artistry! The corsetting community will dearly miss the skill and artristy of this very talented lady. May your family find peace in the fact that you were admired and revered for your talent, beauty ,and artistry in a world that could use more people like Amy Crowder.
Carmen Harned
June 7, 2010
I never had a chance to know her, but I knew of her, and of the fabulous work she has done and her unique talent in designing corsetry.
With Amy, one of the world's great corset makers has passed and she will be missed by many. I extend my condolences to her family and friends.
Melanie Thielker
June 6, 2010
I met Amy quite recently when I came to Kansas City to model her latest corset line. I had a blast at the photo session; Amy was unique, smart, fun and funny. And we all know what a huge talent she was. I am sad to lose such a gem of a new friend, and send my deepfelt sympathy to her family and all who loved her.
Amy did what I admire most in a person: She followed her own path, and led a genuine life.
Jane Wiedlin
June 5, 2010
I never knew her but I have admired her work for many years. I'm saddened by the loss of her and her amazing talent.
Michelle SINched
June 5, 2010
I was stunned to hear about Amy's passing. The world greatly will miss this wonderful person and artisan. As one of her earliest customers, she liked to tell me that I was her third internet customer, I know how hard she worked at her love of the corset. I looked forward to her periodic website updates and corset innovations. Her corsets and waist training advice have helped me through greatly improved posture, diet and exercise habits. My memories will include the several personal meetings for fittings and the advice between them. Each time I wear one of her corsets in the future, I be thinking of her and treasure the memories. I also hope that her business will continue and that an aspiring or established corsetiere gains the benefit of her dozen years of experience.
June 2, 2010
I knew Amy in NYC and own one of her corsets. I was always amazed by her dedication to and passion for corsetry - it is rare to find someone with the level of knowledge and expertise she possessed. Sad news.
Kali Webb
June 2, 2010
So sad to hear of Amy's passing.
I never got to meet her but would have loved to - she has been an inspiration for quite a long time. RIP, Amy. You are missed around the world.
May 31, 2010
Having talked with Amy twice in early May, I was shocked to hear of her death. It was yesterday May 29th that I became aware of it. I considered her the best corsetier in the USA!. Her knowledge of anatomy was superior. I can only hope one of her assistants can carry on her superior work. A note to her mother and family: I to lost a daughter 14 months ago. She was in practice for 21 years with me and she was the best in her field just like Amy. I have very few comforting words to write to you as this is such a horrible situation. Amy was a sweet, extremely understanding person whose work put to shame any type of surgical garment makers. For me she helped me with my back problem of Ankylosing Spondlysis. She improved my life quality a great deal and I will always be thankful for her help! My deepest regrets Milton Simmons M.D. ABFP Asst. Clinical Professor Wayne St Med. Southfield, Michigan
May 31, 2010
Amy, The friendship that we shared i will forever remember, the laughs and good times we had. I will miss you very much
James Ottaviano
May 29, 2010
I'm am very sorry for your loss. She was always so nice to do business with. She will be missed.
John Finkle
May 29, 2010
Amy, we will sorely miss you as you left us way too early. Your heart and soul were a true light to the world and the world is now a little darker. You touched so many of us and I was so very fortunate to be able to call you my friend and I can still see your smile and hear your laughter like when I would come over and talk with you. There really aren't words to describe the loss of you, only the anquish of sobs that come from the heart.
I will miss you my friend, see you someday...
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Su Walenta
May 29, 2010
Amy you are loved very much, and I will miss you always. Eternal thanks for being such a good friend.
Su Walenta
May 29, 2010