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Whenever you see a cardinal in the coming days, think of Amy and her love for all. Due to coronavirus restrictions, a celebration of Amy’s life will be held at a later date.
A kind and loving heart stopped beating on March 18, 2020 when Amy Louise Langenbach’s life journey came to an end. Despite regular mammograms, Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2019. Unfortunately, her cancer was very aggressive and spread rapidly.
Amy was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 18, 1967 to Michael and Mary Ann Langenbach. Her sister, Lisa Ann, was born in 1969. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Norman when Michael accepted a faculty position in the College of Education at the University of Oklahoma.
Amy attended Norman Public Schools her entire life. She had a special place in her heart for her years at Eisenhower Elementary and this no doubt led to her desire to become a teacher. Amy graduated from Norman High School in 1985. She was a member of the Tiger marching band, and played softball, basketball, and volleyball. The 1985 NHS volleyball team won the state championship and Amy was named first team All-State.
She accepted a scholarship offer to play volleyball at John Brown University where she made many friends. Upon completing her freshman year at JBU, Amy chose to return to Norman. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Oklahoma.
Amy began her 29-year teaching career at Lakeview Elementary and followed that with 22 years at Kennedy Elementary. She worked briefly in the Oklahoma City Public Schools as an instructional coach before returning for two final years with Moore Public Schools. She retired in May 2019.
Amy’s tremendous sense of social justice led her to focus on educating children whose life circumstances presented additional challenges. This mindset of leveling the playing field for all carried through in Amy’s political beliefs, her worldview, and her volunteer activities. Her curiosity and thirst for knowledge broadened her circle of friends, many of whom she engaged in lively and civil conversation about current events.
In 1995, Amy’s nephew, Jackson Clay Monroe, was born and immediately became the apple of her eye. Two-year-old Matthew Isaiah Wallace came into her life in 2001. In 2003, Amy gave birth to Jonathan Michael Langenbach, the love, light, and joy of her life.
Amy and Kelly Brown began their life together in September 2011. They married on September 12, 2019.
Amy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her wife, Kelly; sons, Jonathan and Matthew; sister, Lisa Monroe; and nephew, Jackson. In addition, she leaves behind countless friends with whom she enjoyed many happy hours floating in the pool or hanging out under the pergola.
The family deeply appreciates the services of Lifespring Hospice, especially Molly Ross-Metheny who was there with us every step of this painful journey.