We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Amy Spellmann. Amy was an active volunteer and frequent speaker for CMG. In addition to her active role with Southwest CMG, she was always willing to share and teach and presented at IMPACT regularly. She will be greatly missed.
Amy Carolyn Spellmann passed away peacefully at her home on the Pedernales River in Johnson City on Saturday, July 18, 2020, due to liver failure. She was 61.
Amy was born in Dallas on February 28, 1959 to Betty Bain and Norman Woods Spellmann. She grew up in Georgetown, attending public schools through high school, and enrolling in Southwestern University from 1976 to 1978. She then moved to New York City, and lived in Greenwich Village for 6 years. In 1984, she returned home to Texas. She married Conrad Lamon in 1985, and they lived together on the Comal River. Amy also completed her BS in Computer Science at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos during that time.
In 1992, Amy married Dave Bobbitt. They acquired property on the Pedernales River to build their custom-designed dream home. Tragically, Dave died in a car accident in 2002 shortly before realizing their dream. Amy remained in their home on “the Perd,” sharing many years and special moments there with her long-time partner Scotty Cockrell and his granddaughter Eris Stone.
Amy had a very rewarding and successful career of over 30 years in Austin, providing information technology design, consulting and customer service. Large multinational companies, Lockheed and Rockwell, bookended Amy’s career. Yet she much preferred the creative culture and personal interaction of the small entrepreneurial companies where she primarily worked, S.E.S. and HyPerformix. She traveled extensively to provide in-person customer support to many Fortune 500 companies. She greatly valued and thrived on the personal contacts and relationships she developed. Amy also formed her own consulting companies, Uptime Institute and Optimal Innovations. Amy cared deeply for the environment, and brought her environmental values to her work. Her professional passion was Green IT (achieving results using the least energy resources), and she was a recognized expert in the field.
Amy had a lifelong love and commitment to the greater animal kingdom. From childhood, she surrounded herself with dogs, cats and other critters large and small. She had a special knack for finding animals in need. Her successful rescues included Kamala the camel, Chief the donkey, and innumerable dogs and cats. She made her home a safe haven for critters in need.
Amy especially valued and nurtured her personal relationships. She connected and made life-long friendships with so many people she met, from Texas to New York (and beyond). They were drawn to her positive spirit, outgoing personality, fun-loving character, and kind and loving nature.
Most of all, Amy was dedicated to providing love, compassion and care to her family. She was truly blessed to grow up in a very close-knit family. She had strong relationships with all of her grandparents, spending time with them from childhood into adulthood. She built deep bonds with many of her relatives, attending many Bain gatherings in San Antonio and Spellmann reunions at Mt. Wesley. She actively planned and organized the Spellmann reunions. She always was there when her family needed her most, in good times and bad, maintaining regular contact and connections with her extended family.
Amy is survived by Scotty and Eris, as well as her siblings Mark, Lou Ann and Don Spellmann (and her resident dogs, cats, chickens, et. al.).
Amy greeted everyone she met with a warm smile and kind words. She will be deeply missed. Her spirit will be with us always.
To help preserve the Pedernales River, the family requests making gifts in Amy’s memory to The Hill Country Alliance (https://www.hillcountryalliance.org).