IN LOVING MEMORY OF AMY KEATING
Amy Michele Keating, 49, of Portsmouth, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born June 20, 1969, in Portsmouth, a daughter of David E. Barney and Kathy Boyce Fish, who survive.
An English teacher at Portsmouth High School, Amy was influential not only as a tennis coach, but also as a life coach for her students. She was a successful Quiz Bowl and Mock Trial coach, had multiple winning seasons in both Boy's Tennis and Girl's Tennis, and she was the yearbook advisor. Amy coined the PHS phrase "You Belong Here!" and she was instrumental in the development of the school's new food bank. She was an avid tennis player and she enjoyed tackling new adventures, such as hiking with friends, old and new.
Amy was a 1987 PHS graduate and received a Bachelor of English degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a teaching degree from Ohio University. She received a Master of Education degree from Concordia University. Amy was a board member of the Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery and she also attended Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Thomas David Keating, whom she married August 7, 2000, in Lake Tahoe, NV; her mother, Kathy Boyce Fish of Portsmouth; father, David E. (Karen) Barney of Chillicothe; step-sons, Thomas Jacob & Christal Morita-Keating and Benjamin David Keating, all of Indianapolis, IN; step-daughter, Megan Sowkulech of McDermott; brother, Matthew Addison Barney of Portsmouth; several aunts, uncles and their families, as well as her girls, black labs Zoey and Izzie.
DONATIONS GIVEN IN MEMORY OF AMY BY THE FOLLOWING WONDERFUL PEOPLE:
BRUCE & BRENDA MACDONALD
TAMARA & JEFFREY WAGNER
CLASSIFIED STAFF AT PORTSMOUTH CITY SCHOOLS
PCSE LOCAL NO. 2684 AFSCME AFL-CIO
DICK SPENCER INSURANCE AGENCY - DICK & SALLY SPENCER
RICK & CINDY HOPKINS
JAN WALD & FAMILY
FRIENDS OF FBP
LEE & LESLIE MORTON