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Obituary: Amy Jo Sarff


September 21, 2017

Amy Jo (Tomlinson) Sarff

Amy Jo (Tomlinson) Sarff passed away in her home in Whale Pass, Alaska, September 2, 2017. Amy was born June 12, 1957 in Fairfield, California (Travis Air Force Base) to Joseph Tomlinson and Doreen Duffy Tomlinson. After the couple divorced, Doreen packed up the kids and moved back to Wrangell, Alaska where she later married Harry Churchill. With their ever growing family, the couple moved from Wrangell to New York, then California, Washington and finally back to Wrangell. It was in Wrangell, that Amy met the love of her life, Jerald (Jerry) Sarff. The couple married November 7, 1975 and in March of the following year welcomed their first daughter, Deann. In 1984, the couple welcomed their second and last daughter, Jaclyn into the world. Amy loved being a mother. A few years after the mill where Jerry worked shut down, the couple moved to Bonners Ferry, ID. They were heartbroken to leave their beloved Wrangell and had hopes of retiring there. After losing her husband, Amy's goal was to fulfill their dream to move home, but during a visit to Whale Pass, fell in love with the little community and decided to make it her home. Amy will be remembered for her love of family, her strong will and love of Wrangell and Whale Pass.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry, mother and father. She is survived by her daughters, Deann (Kenny) Torsak of Provo, UT, Jaclyn (Spencer) Campbell of Bonners Ferry, ID; Her in-laws Doyle and Delores Sarff of Wrangell, AK; Brothers Stanley (Bev) Churchill of Starkville, MS, Randy (Carol) Churchill of Wrangell, AK, Chuck (Juliet) Churchill of Tok, AK, Vincent Tomlinson of Juneau, AK, Bart Churchill of Wrangell, AK and sister Meg (Jeff) Martin of Juneau, AK. Grandchildren – Jathan, Brayten, Handen, and Judy Torsak, Charlie Canida, Joey Sarff and Hunter Campbell. Numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you donate to a Gofundme that has been set up to help cover Amy's final expenses.


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