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     Amy Cass Ortega, age 45, of Joplin completed her battle with cancer and won the victory of eternal life on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.  She was surrounded by her family and loved ones.

      Amy was born July 17, 1966 in Lamar, Missouri to Billy Bob and Nancy (Phipps) Cass.  Amy is survived by her loving husband James Ortega of the home; daughter, Cassie Rakes and her fianc√©, Brandon Gallemore, and son, Kaleb Rakes, all of Seneca, Missouri; her parents, Billy Bob & Nancy Cass, Joplin; her mother-in-law, Annie Kirkwood, Mansfield, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Brad & Kim Cass and nephew, Jonathan, of Kansas City Missouri; maternal grandmother, Mary Phipps, Lamar, Missouri; life-long friend, Edith Todd, Lamar; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.  Amy was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, John Phipps and paternal grandparents, Harold and Helen Cass.

      Amy enjoyed horses and horseback riding.  She appreciated and had a deep love for her church, World Revival Church of Kansas City.  Her enthusiasm and passion for life was evident in the pleasure she found in artistic and creative endeavors, selling things, and her vision for marketing.  Everyone who had the honor of knowing her was touched by her fearless approach and infectious giggle.

      A celebration of Amy's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 24th at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar where the family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Sunday.  Burial will be in Nigh Cemetery north of Lamar.

      Memorial contributions are suggested to World Revival Church of Kansas City in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#34 Joplin, MOLisa Pufahl Keele 2011-12-14 21:57
Mr. and Mrs. Cass-
I was just made aware of Amy's passing today. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful young woman and I am honored to say she was in my graduating class. Amy was a strong woman and loved her family. What an example for other Christian women. I'm sure she will be missed. She is an honored member of the CHCS Alumni. May God bless you and yours as you get through your first Christmas without your beloved Amy.
#33 Hewitt, TXKathy Crittenden 2011-11-06 19:11
To James and Amy who I know is listening. I want to thank you for touching my life with love and warmth. I met Amy the first time at Annie house in Oklahoma about 14 years ago. She was always so loving and accepting to everyone she met. I remember how beautiful she was on the inside and outside. James was blessed to have her in his life. We were all better for knowing Amy. And now she is back home in heaven. God Bless
#32 Lee\'s Summit, MOInger Stockam Brane 2011-10-25 20:41
What I remember most about Amy was her bubbly attitude and that big smile bouncing around CCA! I am thankful to have known her. She was a wonderful person, inside and out!
May God heal your hearts.
#31 McKinney, TexasJan Foresee 2011-10-24 22:48
My love for Amy was immediate when we met as fellow employees at Empire and has continued throughout all of life's ups and downs. She was the kind of friend who could come back into your life like there had never been a separation. Her grace was unparallelled. Nancy, Billy Bob, James, Brad, Cassie and Kaleb, and all her family and friends; you know she will be with you in the days to come. I feel her with me every day. Her love for all of you was unconditional. Cassie and Kaleb; I hope you someday know the enourmous sacrifices she made for your happiness and well-being as children growing up. She will always be my friend.
#30 D. Anderson 2011-10-24 12:55
To Amy's Family:
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the following Bible verse, John 11: 11 where Jesus said: ..
#29 Nevada, MoRenee Hampton 2011-10-24 09:49
I was sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy for Amy's passing. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Renee (Arthur) Hampton and family
#28 Jasper and Lamar, MOJerrol and Rosa Cunningham, Ji 2011-10-24 09:30
We are sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to all the family. May God bless you during your time of loss.
#27 Golden City, MO.Mary Lowe-Potter 2011-10-24 09:18
May God Bless you and keep you in His loving arms as you go through this time of loss and sorrow. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You All.
#26 David and Linda Pizinger 2011-10-24 09:05
Billy Bob & Nancy!
Linda and I are so grateful to know 2 people who love God with all their hearts. Our prayers are with you daily for the grief you must be facing right now. Jesus said let not your heart be troubled, believe in God also believe in me. For in my fathers house are many mansions. I can only imagine the glory Amy must be seeing right now. We love you both and our hearts and prayers are with you. Hope to see you soon. David and Linda Pizinger
#25 Lamar, MOPeg Miller 2011-10-23 19:43
May God be the
God of all comfort to each of you, the Father of all mercies to comfort your hurting hearts. It is so difficult to be separated from our children but what joy to know that you will be together for eternity. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless you.

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