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Amy Bliss Enell ’96

May 28, 2022, in Portland, from metastatic breast cancer.

A theatre/dance major at Reed, Amy wrote her thesis, “Yarima, Atafa, and the King Transformation of a Hausa Folk Tale,” advised by professors Kathleen Worley [theatre 1985–2014] and Patricia Wong [dance 1975–2009].

After graduation, she worked at the Meier & Frank department store in Portland and then moved on to work in the green building supply industry. Amy enjoyed swing dancing, listening to and dancing to Irish traditional music and Celtic Rock, hiking in the Arboretum, playing on the Oregon coast, and going on vacations in South Korea, where she grew to love the people and the language.

Over the last few years, she studied the art of photography, and until the last months of her life, took photos all over Portland and on the coast. She supported many causes, but especially those that helped women, children, and endangered species. Amy died at home with her parents, Trinka Enell and Roger Enell, and her stepfather, Dave Stark, at her side.

“She had a bright, loving spirit, and lived life vividly, sharing her laughter and big heart with her family and friends,” her mother said. “She was my only child, my joy, and she will be very sorely missed.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2022

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