Amy Jo Preston was called home by her Father in Heaven on December 20, 2019 while surrounded by family and friends. Born October 8, 1968, in Salt Lake City to Lynette Kay Timothy Preston and Kay “R” Preston, she was the second of their four children. Amy was born with special needs. Throughout her 51 years in this life, she brought joy and Christlike love to her family and all those who came in contact with her.
Amy was regarded as an Angel on earth and was the heart of all family gatherings. She loved to be the center of attention. She never met anyone without immediately making them her friend. Everyone received a long hug and a kiss on their hand. She loved babies and animals. If she saw a baby, she would ask to hold the child even if she didn’t know them. Amy had a wonderful sense of humor and was also known to be a delightful tease. She knew how to push buttons to get a rise out of anyone, challenging many to arm wrestle, surprising them with her strength despite her petite frame. You might have even been a lucky recipient to get an “Amy pinch” on the bottom.
She spent her youth participating in sports with Special Olympics including skiing, swimming, track & field and bowling, earning many medals. She graduated from Hartvigsen School in Taylorsville, Utah. Wherever her family goes, they meet people whose lives have been touched by knowing her.
Although Amy was one of her Father in Heaven’s chosen and perfect spirit children she chose to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. She loved her scriptures and frequently carried them with her, spending long periods of time looking at them whether they were upside down or not.
Amy and her mom were inseparable, especially in the latter years of her life, living at home together. They took care of and strengthened each other. They formed a special bond that only a caring and loving mother can create. Amy was blessed by the lifelong sacrifice that Lynette made on her behalf.
She is survived by her mother, Lynette; siblings Bambi Preston, Jeremy Preston and Jenny McDonald, Courtnie and Chris Cederholm, Nick and Kara Johnson, Samantha and Joseph Musser, and Mitchell Preston. Twenty-one nieces and nephews, loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She has been greeted by her father, Kay, and many others in her family who passed before her, including her grandparents, Glenn and Alta Preston, Alberta and Harvey Moore, and John P. Timothy. They are seeing her for who she truly is and what we have always known her to be.
The family would like to thank her numerous caregivers at the West Jordan Care Center and group homes where she’s lived throughout her life. A special thanks to Chrysalis disability services and her current daytime caregivers. We love you!
A viewing for Amy will be held on Friday, December 27, from 6-8pm, at the LDS Constitution Ward building located at 2850 West 3835 South West Valley City, Utah 84119.
Funeral services will be at the same LDS ward building on Saturday, December 28, at 11am. A short viewing will be held prior to the funeral service from 9:30-10:30am.
Interment will be at Valley View Memorial Park, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, Utah, immediately following the funeral.
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