Dr. Amanda B. Amis of Dorchester ended her battle against cancer at the age of 87 on May 12, 2020. She was the devoted wife of Louis I. Amis, Sr. who preceded her in death in 2000, loving mother of Louis I. Amis, Jr. and his wife Terry, and grandmother to her precious joy, Alexander. Amanda held an unbroken bond with surviving brother Frank Barbour and his wife Dorothy and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in Charlottesville, VA, Amanda was preceded in death by her parents Andrew M. and Norma P. Barbour, her brother Andrew J. Barbour, and sisters Catherine Martin, Geneva Barbour and Marjorie Ball.
Amanda was a graduate of Suffolk University and Boston College - Masters and Doctorate programs. As a retired educator in the Boston School Department, Amanda held multiple positions including teacher, principal and Acting Deputy Director of Boston Public Schools. One of the many highlights of her career was to play an active role in the Federal Judge W. Arthur Garrity historic decision to desegregate the Boston Public School system in 1974.
Amanda’s love of life also revolved around her faithful work to The Lord and her long standing service to her church and church family at Peoples Baptist Church in Boston, MA.
She found meaning in service to her beloved Lambda Mu Sorority Kappa Chapter and the lasting sisterly bonds that grew out of its works.
Kindness, respect and love are what Amanda lived by. She would often state, “I think we need to hold on to those kinds of things. Just to have a kind word or a good morning to a neighbor. I think it will make the world a better place.”
In the near future, a memorial service will be held to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Amanda B. Amis.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be made to Peoples Baptist Church, 830 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118.
Let the word of the Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another, in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.
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