Amy M. Squiers
Amy M. Squiers
POWNAL — Amy Marie Squiers, 31, of Pratt Road, passed peacefully at home on Thursday evening, November 1, 2012, in the loving company of her family. Amy courageously battled a rare form of cancer for two years.
Amy was born in Bennington on December 16, 1980, the daughter of Arlene (Pratt) Burdick and Barry Burdick. Growing up in Pownal, she attended Pownal Elementary and then Mount Anthony Union High School, graduating in 1998. She continued her education at Hesser College in Manchester, N.H., and Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Mass.
She had worked at Winchester’s Store for many years and then Home Depot since 2005 as a department manager until her illness forced her to go on medical leave. Amy liked bowling, frogs, anything orange and time she spent with family. Her son, Tyson, was the light and love of her life. She also liked NASCAR racing, especially Matt Kennseth. Home Depot arranged a trip for her and her son to Loudon Motor Speedway in New Hampshire where she met Joey Logano, the Home Depot car driver.
She enjoyed some wonderful experiences the past two years. Her friends took her on a trip to New York City to see “Mary Poppins,” she saw “The Lord of the Dance” at the Palace Theater in Albany with her sister, Katie, and had backstage passes to a concert by Theory of a Dead Man. In 2011, Amy was the recipient of the Karen McGovern Memorial Award and in 2012, she was a torchbearer at the Relay for Life event in Bennington.
Amy leaves her 3½-year-old son, Tyson Philip Squiers; mother Arlene and her husband Joseph Morse of Pownal; father Barry and his wife Mary Lou Burdick of Cheshire, Mass.; sister Katie Burdick and fiance William Simmons, niece and nephew Zahara and Zavyon Simmons, all of Albany, N.Y.; maternal grandfather Anson Pratt and his wife Janice, paternal grandfather Harvey Burdick Jr., all of Pownal; many aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition, she leaves those who offered her great support, including Ralph Rockwell and her many friends and extended family from Home Depot and Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center. She was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Alice Harwood Pratt, in 2003 and paternal grandmother, Ethel Burdick, in 2007.
A celebration of Amy’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10, at the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the family lot in Oak Hill Cemetery. A gathering to share memories will take place after the burial services at the Pownal American Legion. Friends may call at the Hanson-Walbridge Shea Funeral Home on Friday from 5-8 p.m. when the family will be present.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Karen McGovern Memorial Fund, Pownal Rescue Squad or the Shaftsbury or Pownal Methodist Churches, in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Shea Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
To send the family email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.