Hughes, Amy Melissa Cooper-

Amy Melissa Cooper-Hughes passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, DE at the age of 44. Amy was born on March 14, 1976 in Wilmington, DE to Thomas and Patricia Cooper. She was the first of three children they would have. Amy’s father Thomas S. Cooper Jr. passed away when she was eight years old; her mother would later marry Thomas J. Bayalis and have two more children. If you ask any of Amy’s younger siblings, they would tell you that she was a helping hand throughout their adolescence. When Amy was 13 years old, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Type-1 Diabetes. Around that time she was told it would be difficult for her to have children. It was a pleasant surprise for her and her family when she gave birth to her only daughter, Holly Christina Cooper. When she was thirty-five years old Amy started her kidney failure journey on April 27, 2010. She pushed through the nightly peritoneal dialysis treatments for seven nights a week until she was able to receive a double organ transplant for both a kidney and pancreas at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD on April 1, 2012. After a successful surgery she was officially no longer a diabetic, and she made sure that she would never eat one more dreaded sugar free candy if she didn’t have to. Amy was able to enjoy five years without the burden of dialysis or diabetic issues. Unfortunately, due to a case of the shingles in 2014 her transplanted kidney began to fail. In July 2017 she had to start peritoneal dialysis once again. Even though she had been down this road before, it did not make it any easier for her. Amy fought hard with each obstacle placed in her path, and no matter the challenge she wanted to be there for her family. She loved her dog because he was just as feisty and sassy as she was. She used to joke about how she was the grinch, as their dogs were both named “Max”. Amy was a candy crush fiend. She would play during all hours of the day. She never missed the News or Jeopardy, and loved her adult cartoons. She watched the Simpsons before they were even their own time slot, a fact that she pointed out on numerous occasions. Amy enjoyed traveling. She spent a decade of her life in Mississippi, where she was able to travel to Memphis to see Graceland. She was a music lover and enjoyed attending the Summer Music Series at Bellevue State Park. Some other favorite travel destinations were Washington D.C., Manhattan to see the Broadway show “Kinky Boots”, and Lancaster with family for the holidays. She was always excited for a visit to or from her best friend Elaina in Florida, who she loved to spend Halloween making memories with. Amy had many friends that she cherished and adored who will miss her unique and lovable personality. Amy was preceded in death by her father Thomas S. Cooper Jr., her grandmothers Mary Cooper, Shirley R. Webb and Marion V. Bayalis, and grandfather John A. Bayalis. Amy is survived by her grandfather Harvey W. Webb, her daughter Holly C. Cooper, her mother Patricia L. Webb Cooper Bayalis, her step-father Thomas J. Bayalis, her siblings Tracy L. Spinden (Robert), Joseph T. Cooper, Laura Bayalis and Maggie Bayalis. She is also survived by her dear niece Amelia L. Spinden, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Amy’s family would like to thank all of the wonderful doctors and nurses that helped throughout her extensive medical journey. Without their care and support we would not have been able to enjoy her loving presence for so many years. Service will be held at a later date.

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