Amy Thien Obituary, Death- We share the passing of Amy Thien, a devoted volunteer for the Fossil Valley Service Unit and the head of Troop 33515, with great grief. Amy Southworth, co-leader of Troop 33515, and MariaElena Moore, GSWCF Community Manager for Fossil Valley, paid Amy Thien the following tribute:
Amy Thien was a dedicated volunteer and troop leader with Fossil Valley for almost 8 years. When her family relocated to the neighborhood and her daughter was in kindergarten, she established a troop. She aggressively sought out new members each year, regardless of the challenges in life, to encourage and guide young women. Troop 33515 scouts gained valuable leadership and life skills while camping at all three Girl Scout camps, participating in community outings and learning opportunities, and achieving a variety of badges at every level under her structured and aggressive guidance.
She was also quite involved in the Fossil Valley Service Unit. She coordinated Skating Day, World Thinking Day, and the Me and My Guy challenge in addition to leading recruitment efforts. When she participated for community service efforts like the coat and blanket drive and the Flag a Veteran initiative, she was known for always looking for ways to enhance events. She was constantly ready to lend other leaders support by sharing her insights and expertise.
Amy was quite active in the Fish Hawk community in addition to her engagement with the Girl Scouts. She was on the Miss Tampa Bay Softball Board as well as the PTA at Bevis Elementary. Several social media pages, including the Fish Hawk Military Spouse page, were also created and managed by her. Since she kept herself well-informed and frequently provided the first response to questions or concerns on social media or in person, she saw herself as a connector and some people even referred to her as “Amy On the Spot.” She desired to establish relationships with her neighbors, friends, and family.Even after her passing, she is still driven to improve the world. After receiving an ALK cancer diagnosis in July 2021, Amy actively participated in forums and research to advance the field’s understanding of the disease.
She was a wonderful role model for the young women she mentored because she was a strong woman who loved her family and community fiercely. Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy’s family, Girl Scout Troop 33515, Fossil Valley Service Unit Team, and all of her friends and acquaintances. Please share your favorite pictures and recollections of Amy in the comments section below if you know her. Enjoy your tranquility, Amy