Terry has shared amyth's obituary; I'm reposting here:
Amy Elizabeth Preble August 18, 1971 - March 13, 2021
Amy Preble, beloved friend, sister, sister-in-law and aunt, died on March 13 at Transitions Hospice in Raleigh of complications from leukemia. She was 49 years old.
Amy grew up in Garden City, Long Island, where she attended Sacred Heart Academy. After graduating she moved to Chapel Hill, where she attended the University of North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. Amy loved the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community and lived there for the remainder of her life. Amy was a proud feminist and advocate for women and the victims of sexual violence. She volunteered and served several terms on the board of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, including serving as its president.
A passionate advocate for sustainability and environmental stewardship, Amy worked for more than twenty years in the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling at UNC Chapel Hill, where she served as Waste Diversion Coordinator. She also chaired the Collegiate Recycling Coalition, serving multiple terms, as well as serving in leadership roles on the Carolina Recycling Association board of directors. She had only recently begun graduate work in sustainability at Appalachian State when she received her leukemia diagnosis in the fall of 2019.
Amy’s true life’s work, however, was the cultivation and nurture of her many friendships. From schoolmates at Sacred Heart and UNC, to her many colleagues in the sustainability field, to the global Buffista community (where she was known online, fittingly, as “Amyth”), Amy brought people together and kept those bonds alive. Friendship was indeed her life, and now it’s her legacy. Thanks to her, those of us left behind are blessed to have each other for comfort as we all grieve her loss. Together we remember her love of music, of books and movies, of miniature poodles, and of all things Marvel.
Amy asked that any memorial service be delayed until it is safer to gather, hopefully in the late spring or summer. In the meantime, those who wish may remember Amy with a charitable donation to the Carolina Recycling Association’s Amy Preble Scholarship Fund, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America.