MARION -- Amy L. (Smith) Blaise, 43, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, at 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at her home.
She was born on Monday, Dec. 27, 1971, in Mount Vernon, the daughter of Gordon and Doris Sue (Tanner) Smith.
Amy attended school in Crab Orchard, and was a graduate of Crab Orchard High School in 1990. She went on and continued her education by attending John A. Logan College of Carterville.
After leaving Southern Illinois for several years, she returned and enrolled at SIU Carbondale, where she remained on the dean’s list all through her education, and received her bachelor’s degree in special education in May 2013.
After graduation she interviewed for a position at Jonesboro Elementary School. Shortly after the interview she was hired and began her teaching career in special education, grades three through five. She loved her students as much as her own children and helped them academically, physically and emotionally as much as she could. Amy loved all of her fellow staff members and enjoyed the time they spent together. She also worked at Family Video in Marion.
She attended Antioch Church in Stonefort, where her father was pastor.
In her spare time she enjoyed playing the piano and was very talented in music. She also enjoyed sports and was an avid fan of hockey, especially of the St. Louis Blues.
Her three boys were the center of her life and she was interested in all of their many activities. She was proud of their achievements and was always encouraging them toward the future. She also was always looking for opportunities to be a blessing to others. The smiles on her face and the many memories that have been created will now be cherished by those she leaves behind.
She is survived by her father and mother, Rev. Gordon and Sue Smith of rural Creal Springs; three sons, Alex D. Blaise, Nicholas G. Blaise and George A. Blaise, all of Marion; sister and brother-in-law, Angela and Bo Powell of Shirley, located near Bloomington; niece, Kristin N. Powell; two nephews, Benjamin R. Powell and Jacob L. Powell; a host of aunts and uncles, other extended family and many friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in Aldersgate United Methodist Church, located at 1201 N. Fair St., Marion, with the Revs. Dr. Tim Ozment and Ivan Ryan and Steven Wiseman officiating. Interment will follow in Bolton-Trammell Cemetery near Stonefort. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
For those who prefer, memorials may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital or Jonesboro Elementary School Special Education Fund and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, P.O. Box 370, Marion, IL 62959. Memorial envelopes will be available at the church and the funeral home at 900 N. Court St., in Marion.
For additional information, to leave a condolence of memory or light a candle in memory, visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com.