Amy Rabyn Grimes, 33, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on April 2, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Amy was born in Jacksonville, Florida on June 29, 1987 to proud parents, Susan and Billy Grimes. As a very young child, Amy’s incredible sense of adventure was obvious. She learned to roller skate at an age most kids can barely walk and rode roller coasters not meant for the faint of heart. Throughout her school age years she enjoyed swimming, camping, watching TV, hanging out with friends, listening to music, boy bands, going to concerts and taking family vacations. Amy was a fan of cruises, air travel, road trips, and everything Disney! She loved her sweets and all that was made of sugar! Eventually, she would add mani/pedis, massages, good food and adult beverages to the list of the many things she enjoyed. Amy was a great student and her talents and accomplishments were many. She discovered she enjoyed the arts in the early years and her achievements ranged from having her art displayed in the community to performing with the high school choir at various venues and events. Amy graduated from First Coast High School and was accepted to The University of Central Florida where she attended for a year prior to returning home to pursue her nursing career at Florida State College. Amy earned her Associates degree in Nursing and while working in the field earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University. Amy would go on to become a seasoned nurse on assignment at the prestigious John’s Hopkins University Hospital providing frontline patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amy loved being a nurse and she loved to travel so she decided to mesh her two passions and began travel nursing. Being a travel nurse afforded her the opportunity to experience the country from coast to coast. A self-described #gypsyNURSE who, along the way, made memories and friends she knew would last a lifetime. It was during her personal travels, on a girls’ trip to Turks and Caicos, that she met her husband Mandela. She stole his heart with her beautiful, smile and her sassiness and the two were eventually married in Savannah, GA on December 29, 2020. Amy had a heart of gold and saw the good in everything and everyone. She was kind, caring and generous. She was funny and her laugh was contagious! Amy adored her famILY and they adored her! She was always there for everyone! No matter how busy Amy was, she made it a point to show up for everyone and make them feel special. Amy was the life of every party! An extroverted free spirit who threw caution to the wind and genuinely lived her life. Amy lived 33 amazing years!
Amy is survived by her husband, Mandela Craib; fur baby, Simba; parents, Susan Oliver (John Oliver) and Billy Grimes; sisters Angela Harris and Paula Pippin (Cyndee Mesa) and brother Richard Grimes (Linda Grimes); nieces and nephews Devin, Damon, Kaitlyn, Ryan, Desi and Trevor and extended family that includes uncles, aunts and cousins.
A Celebration of life will take place on Saturday April 10, 2021 at 12 pm. The family will receive friends starting at 11 am and continuing until the hour of service. A celebration and reception will follow at Oceanway Assembly of God, 12240 Sago avenue West, Jacksonville, and from1 pm to 2:30 pm.
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