Beatrice Amye: ‘Pillar of family’ showed love with cooking
Whether regaling guests with homemade dishes, meeting up with friends and fellow travel enthusiasts or offering a listening ear, Beatrice Amye left a mark with her caring touch.
“She showed the epitome of love for everybody,” said her son, Antone Amye, senior design editor at The Detroit News. “She was very nonjudgmental and approachable, and would go out of her way to make her family happy.”
Mrs. Amye died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in West Bloomfield Township after health issues. She was 66.
The Metro Detroiter's life revolved around her family, from overseeing Bible studies to imparting years of culinary wisdom.
“She was the pillar of our family,” said her daughter, Ashley Amye. “She taught us how to do everything. She spoiled us rotten, but at the same time, taught us how to be independent.”
Besides maintaining a meticulously neat home, Mrs. Amye, a former legal secretary, also had a creative flair: selecting colorful flowers to display as well as present as bouquets.
“If anyone needed rose arrangements, she was the person to go to,” said another son, André Amye. “Everyone knew she had a way with decorating.”
Another love was cooking: enticing diners with her spaghetti, lasagna, pepper steak and more.
“Her mac and cheese was my favorite,” granddaughter Addison Amye said. “It was made with love.”
Devotion marked Mrs. Amye’s other pursuits: fulfilling requirements as a Jehovah’s Witness, helping her husband, Vernon, with his property management ventures or advising son André in how to successfully run a business.
“She was our backbone, our go-to,” her son said. “She helped everybody.”
Close connections were second nature for Mrs. Amye.
Born Beatrice Corbitt on Sept. 9, 1952, in Alabama, she grew up on Detroit’s northwest side with eight siblings. She attended Central High School.
As a youth, “she was very popular,” said her sister, Annette Shaw. “People liked to be around her.”
After meeting at a skating rink, she and Vernon Amye wed on July 14, 1973.
For decades, the couple loved traveling widely — vacationing with friends in Mexico or taking their children around the country, André Amye said. “We were always going somewhere."
In recent years, Mrs. Amye relished attending concerts and doting on relatives — from surprise shopping trips and doling out advice.
“You could tell her anything. She didn’t judge. She always had advice,” Ashley Amye said. “You felt comfortable around her. She was like everybody’s favorite aunt.”
Even while struggling with health issues, the mother of three insisted on taking time to listen to others and cheer them up, André Amye said. “If they needed help, anything she could to do to make things easier for them, she would. She always wanted to be sure that everyone else was doing OK.”
Other survivors include siblings Nancy Beatty, Earlean Browne, Marion Campbell, Christine Corbitt, Gwendolyn Stevens, Dorothy Corbitt and Randolph Corbitt; a grandchild, Hailey; a daughter-in-law, Deshaun; 16 nieces; and 13 nephews.
Visitation is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 19750 Vaughan, Detroit. A memorial follows at 4 p.m.