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Amy R. Peterson
May 18, 1977 ~ September 25, 2023 (age 46) 46 Years Old
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Amy Renee Dedrick Peterson, 46, a resident of Champaign, Illinois, passed away after a hard-fought battle following an acute stroke and devastating cancer diagnosis on Monday, September 25, 2023. She fought hard for four months and her family and close friends are overwhelmingly grateful for that time with her. Amy was born on May 18, 1977 in Mobile, Alabama to Don and Wilda Dedrick. She is preceded in death by both her parents and her favorite fur baby, Rocky. She is survived by her son Vance Peterson, sisters Gwen (Scott) McCoy and Tara Dedrick, brother Don Dedrick, Jr, nieces Sofia Dedrick and Charlotte Dedrick, and nephews Gray and Eli McCoy and her favorite and loyal companion, Fergie.
Amy grew up in Mobile, Alabama and graduated from Theodore High School. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a degree that she used in her life as a caregiver, friend, and support system to anyone who found their way into her tight circle of friends. There are countless stories of how she lifted people up in need and gave her time, energy and heart in any way she could. She leaves behind an army of friends who reveled in her sharp and sarcastic humor, her giving heart and her incredible southern charm. For her best friend Chris and the Sheridan family, she will forever be cherished as Alabama Amy.
She was a beloved aunt to her niece and nephews, sneaking them money and treats when she thought no one was looking. She proudly displayed pictures of them all over her house. She was a cherished friend with many stories of adventures, mishaps and laughter. Amy brought joy, light and a lot of inappropriate humor with her wherever she went. She will be missed by so many people who loved her.
The family will host a celebration of life on Saturday, September 30th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Jupiter’s at the Crossing at 2511 Village Green Place, Champaign. In lieu of flowers, the family requests friends bring good stories to share and if so inclined, make donations to a local cancer charity of their choice. A subsequent celebration of life will be planned in her hometown and final resting place, Mobile, Alabama at a future date to be announced.