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Bourret, Amy Jo

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July 20, 1962 - November 26, 2015

Bourret, Amy Jo

Amy Jo Bourret, age 53, died November 26, 2015, after a long struggle with Lupus and other related autoimmune disease.  She was born July 20, 1962 in Denver, Colorado to   parents Carole Wedemeyer Bourret and John Lowell Bourret.  Amy was preceded in death by her father,  her maternal grandparents Anne Marie and E.H. Wedemeyer of Manchester, Iowa; her paternal grandparents Marie Hancock Hargis of Kansas  City  and  Eldon Lowell “Bill” Bourret of Denver.  Survivors include her mother Carole,  her sister Laurie Bourret Lamb  and brother in law, John; and  her adored nieces, Callie Marie Lamb and Elizabeth Anne Lamb all of Charlotte, NC.  Also surviving are her uncles Charles and Jim Wedemeyer and their wives Susan and Nancy and her cousins Lisa Wedemeyer Kinsella, Jacob Wedemeyer and David Wedemeyer.

Amy was educated in public elementary schools in Salt Lake City, Kansas City and Houston; graduated from Spring High School in 1980 and enrolled in Texas Tech University where she was an active member of Delta Gamma Fraternity, a Raider Recruiter, President’s Hostess, several honoraria’s, tapped by Mortar Board and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1984.  Her law career began at Yale Law School from which she graduated in 1987 and was privileged to clerk for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was an associate at the Dallas Office of Baker and Botts and later became a partner at Kirkpatrick and Lockhart (KLGates).  Health issues forced her to leave the world of law.

Amy was passionate about her volunteer work.  She served as a volunteer child advocate while in law school, was on the board of Our Friends Place and especially cherished her time as a board member of Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services (PCHAS).  She was a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood, Chapters BC and GC in Texas and was confounded when she was deputized by Mayor Laura Miller to coordinate Katrina relief efforts through Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.

Amy was a faithful and active member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.   She also served as a student deacon at Yale University Chapel.

Her novel, Mothers and Other Liars was successfully published in 2010, and she was able to do a book tour in spite of declining health.

Amy Jo:  daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin, lawyer, writer, violinist, gymnast, animal lover and friend, was also the chief operating officer of the grammar police and exclamation points, an avid reader, a lover of puns, everything moon-related, an intense Scrabble player and a highly vocal critic of all things she deemed stupid.

A celebration of life will be held in the Chapel at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church at 1:00 p.m.  On Monday, December 14th. Wear bright colors for Amy.  A reception will follow in the church parlor.

If you choose, memorials are suggested, in her name, to Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services, (PCHAS), 4407 Bee Cave Road. Suite 520, Austin, TX 78746-6496; or Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, TX   75006.

She will be missed.

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Pam Morton

December 28, 2015 10:05AM

What a beautiful and smart young woman, who accomplished so much in her life. I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

Pam Morton

Melanie Hill

December 10, 2015 5:12PM

What a great loss to all whose life Amy touched! She was so smart, funny, beautiful and just a joy to be around. I'm blessed to call her my sister!!! Sending Carole and the entire family much love and many prayers.

Margaret Lee Barnett

December 09, 2015 10:17AM

Amy took the time to come to our book club to discuss her wonderful novel which we had read as a group. She was so funny, entertaining and thought provoking. After this meeting, we stayed in touch via Facebook. She always had a witty comment, a funny response or an uplifting comment to share. Even though I did not see her after the one book club, I felt like we stayed in touch via her words. I know she touched many lives. She will be missed and I am grateful she touched mine. Love and prayers to her family. Margaret Harder Barnett

Laurie Kight

December 07, 2015 10:15AM

I had the great fortune of hearing Amy speak at a Delta Gamma Founders Day event. Her words stuck with me and I've always remembered her fondly. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that so many Delta Gammas join you in missing Amy and remembering her amazing life. "The union of souls is an anchor in storms."

Elizabeth Buchanan

December 07, 2015 9:49AM

In addition to being brilliant and beautiful, Amy was amazingly creative. She did so many things that enhanced the beauty of this world - leaving it and us a little better for having known her.

Love and prayers to her sweet family who helped foster all her gifts~
xoxo, Elizabeth

Jennifer Curtis

December 06, 2015 9:09PM

She was more than a DG sister to me, I considered her a true sister and friend, and wonderful mentor to my daughter.
Much love.

Sandy Cook

December 06, 2015 7:35PM

It is amazing to hear how talented Amy was. I know hearing her speak at PEO was such a privilege. I enjoyed it so much. Love and prayers for her family.

Marty Wynne

December 06, 2015 1:37PM

I never knew Amy but sincerely wish I had. She sounds like a multi-talented woman who accomplished a lot. It is so sad when a person with this much talent and drive is taken from this world prematurely. I am proud she was a Delta Gamma sister and a sister in Christ. my heartfelt sympathy to her wonderful mom Carol and her entire family.

Janice Brown

December 05, 2015 12:28PM

Carol, the beautiful obit listing Amy's incredible accomplishments & talents, gave me a new appreciation of your amazing daughter. Our loss, but heaven's gain. Picture her there in perfect health! God be with you, Janice Brown

Yvonne Davis

December 05, 2015 12:17PM

Carole and family, blessings as you grief the lose of Amy. It helps to know all her pain, discomfort and anguish are gone. God is good and supplies all that we need. Seek him for refuge. Love

Harriett Willis

December 05, 2015 9:01AM

Amy always made me laugh. Carole, you are in my prayers and thoughts and always in my heart.

Debbie Sanchez Feeko

December 05, 2015 8:30AM

This world has lost such a beautiful, giving and talented individual. Laurie, I realize that your heart is aching from the loss of your sweet sister, but what pride you must feel for all the great things she did in an effort to help others. Sending prayers to you and your family.

Cathy O'Connell

December 04, 2015 10:11PM

I was fortunate enough to know Amy through the Aspen Writers Foundation's weekly writers group, which she attended regularly for a while. We were all lucky enough to get to hear parts of Mothers and Other Liars during its creation. She was a beautiful writer and a beautiful person, and I am very saddened to learn of her death. My condolences to her family and all others who loved her.

Mary Martha Stinnett

December 04, 2015 7:36PM

I wish I had known my P.E.O. sister better. And, I treasure the times that we had together sharing stories of Colorado. I know she will be missed! I know how Amy was loved. i know how I love her family! Mary Martha

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