Amy Denise Perkins Allen was a loving, generous, adventurous lady whose brief life was cut short by pancreatic cancer on Jan. 8, 2011

Amy touched the hearts and lives of the many whose paths she crossed with her exuberant personality.  She was an “inspirational person,” able to defuse negative situations and attitudes.  Always ready to reach a hand out to those in need, she loved life and the people in it.

Amy began her journey of life on Jan. 21, 1971, in Princeton, as the daughter of Kathleen (Truelock) Perkins Gifford and Harry Perkins who passed away Sept. 20, 1988.  Also preceded in death by her grandparents, Russell and Nadine Truelock and James Perkins; stepfather, William Gifford; and mother-in-law, Patricia Allen.

Amy developed her love of softball at an early age and played up until her senior year of school graduating from Princeton Community High School in 1989.  It was later in life when she found her love of art and photography.  Her greatest love in life was her family, children and friends.

She found her career in 1996 working at Azteca Milling L.P. in Evansville, where she worked with numerous producers in the tri-state area for 14 years.

She leaves behind her husband of 17 years, Eric Allen of Princeton; daughter, Sierra Rae of Evansville; two sons at home, Austin Michael and Jaksen Cade; mother, Kathleen Gifford of Paoli; brother, Phillip “Rusty” (Tiffany) Perkins of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; sister, Shannon (Matt) Perkins of Albion; grandmother, Beatrice Perkins of Petersburg; father-in-law, Cecil (Shirley) Allen of Princeton; sister-in-law, Becky (Shawn) Haas of Princeton; brother-in-law, Brian (Stacy) Allen of Patoka; sister-in-law, Fonda Watt of Princeton; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Our family invites you to share with us in the celebration of her life on at 10 a.m.Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Tony Phillips officiating.  Burial will be at the Columbia White Church Cemetery in Princeton.

Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Colvin Funeral Home. Amy would like everyone to either wear purple or “I wear for Amy” t-shirts to the visitation.

 Just as she embraced everyone, we embrace Amy in our hearts. It was a true privilege to know her. Thank you for being a part of our lives, Amy.  We will dearly miss you.