Amy Benz

Obituary of Amy Benz

Amy Lynn Benz, 43, passed away on Monday, Oct. 2nd, 2017. She is survived by her long-time partner Ali Zangi, her two children, Zach and Canada Slater, her sisters Brenda VanMeter, Nancy Grey, Sally Eaton, and Becky Shanafelt, and her brother David McDaniel. Amy is preceded in death by her parents, Betty and John D. McDaniel, and her sister Dorothy Miller.

Amy was born on June 6th, 1974 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She attended Mid-Buchanan High School and Drake University. Amy worked for 13 years at Kansas City Power & Light and operated her own business, Dreamers Photography and Design.

Through her artistic endeavors and her fun-loving spirit, Amy touched many lives and made the world around her a more beautiful place. She struggled to find peace in this realm, and while we may never understand the suffering Amy experienced, we know she is now at rest. Her inner turmoil was more intense than most, but she fought until the very end. Her loved ones will remember her for her creative soul, for her strength of will, for her devotion to her partner and children, and the unique way she shaped the lives of those she loved. Her eccentricities and dynamic personality guaranteed that those around her would never experience a dull moment. The world is less bright without her presence.

The memorial service celebrating Amy’s life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  at 617 SE Grand DD, Faucett, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Goodwill Industries International at or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at  Arragements under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton, Mo.