Amanda Ryan Edwards, age 36, passed away peacefully in her home in the early morning of December 27, 2021. Born in 1985 on Christmas Day in Covington, Kentucky, Amanda left this world just as she once entered it: on a surprisingly warm winter day, and with the love of those who cared for her firmly in her grasp.
Amanda loved to love people and to reminisce on all the times that tenderness was shown. No memory, interaction, or moment was lost to time for her but instead held a special place in her heart until it could be retold and remembered with those she cared most deeply for. In her re-telling, these moments were always made slightly more beautiful and memorable than the first time they occurred; a good-natured rosiness that made the memories feel timeless. For instance, Amanda would tell you of a time when she and her older brother, Rob held a fun nerf game as children with their sister, Annie; playing innocently and jovially around their bedrooms until dinner was called. Annie would remember the same story, but with Amanda and Rob tying a gullible 7-year-old to a bunk bed and shooting nerf arrows at her and leaving her behind to run downstairs for dinner. The re-telling always changed over the years, with Annie and Amanda jokingly shifting blame amongst themselves, but the sentiment never did: Amanda loved to tell stories where the central theme was the love built between the family she was a part of.
For years Amanda worked with people in customer service, always at the front of making sure someone’s day was made better by her impact on it. She felt deeply that the world could always use one more kind person. But her greatest work, and the one she valued above all else, was the work she put into her marriage with her husband Richmond, and into raising her daughter, Cadence. On her wedding day, Amanda sat down next to her family and watched as Richmond danced with their daughter, her dress twirling as he spun her around on the tile, and commented on how she was the happiest she’d been in a very long time, a peace settling over her that made her more beautiful than she already was that day. Amanda lived for the moments like this with her family; finding herself wrapped in a blanket on the couch with them, an episode of I Love Lucy playing in the background, and finding a calmness in her body and heart that only came when they were together.
Amanda loved Disney, and the happiness it brought others. She loved Disney for the stories they told, and for the words it gave her when she was trying to tell her own. Therefore it’s only fitting to end a tribute to her with one.
“If ever there’s a tomorrow when we’re not together, there’s something you must remember…You are braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think…. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.” -Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh.
Amanda is survived by her husband, Richmond Edwards and daughter, Cadence Hughes-Jouett; mother and father, Bob and Jessica Hughes; brother, Robert Hughes, sister and brother-in-law, Annie and Justin McIntosh; grandmother, Marlene Meyers; Sharon Brown and Amisha Jouett; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brothers-in-law and her many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins. All of whom she loved and touched deeply.
Please join us in celebrating Amanda’s life this Thursday morning December 30, 2021, at Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home, 316 Elm Street Ludlow, Kentucky 41016. Visitation will be 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, with the service starting at 12:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her daughters’ college fund at https://gofund.me/2960a1e1