Obituary: Dr. Amy Phelps (1984-2023)

Dr. Amy Phelps, 39, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday April 16, 2023.

Amy was born and raised in Lake Charles, LA. She began her college education at McNeese State University, earning a Bachelors of Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She went on to complete medical school and her residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. She was fellowship trained in cytopathology, with an emphasis in gastrointestinal pathology. She ultimately made her home in Northwest Arkansas, and began working at NWA Pathology Associates in 2017.

It’s hard to summarize a person as wonderful as Amy in a few short paragraphs, but I hope we can provide a little insight about who she was.

Amy was a genuine, kind, and true friend to anyone; a caring doctor; a loving mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA; a social justice advocate; and a loving dog mom. Amy loved to share joy with anyone around her.

In her free time, Amy loved to travel and would seek out new places, food, and experiences. She cared about connecting with others and could create quick bonds with people within a few minutes of meeting them. She was the best listener, and she loved to hear about others’ interests and passions. She always matched others’ enthusiasm and was everyone’s biggest cheerleader. She loved to bake and make desserts to share with loved ones. She adored a themed party. She was committed to shopping with local stores and vendors, supporting small businesses and creators, and enjoyed assembling outfits with her latest thrifted or vintage finds. She loved to dress up and had the quirkiest and most fun sense of style. She cared about making a difference in the world, speaking up for causes she felt passionately about, and fighting for change. She had the best, most infectious laugh.

Amy leaves behind the two greatest loves of her life: her pups, Vicki and Albert, who brought joy and laughter to her life every day. She will be greatly missed by many, including her BBBS little sister, Ana; her co-workers, patients, and colleagues throughout the medical community; her friends and acquaintances from Nerdy Girls of NWA; and her loving family.

A memorial for Amy will be held at First United Methodist Church in downtown Springdale at 6:00 pm on Thursday May 4th. All are welcome to attend. Because of Amy’s love for bright colors and all things sparkly, we encourage attendees to please dress in any way that brings them joy.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Amy’s honor to one of the below organizations:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA; Bisoxual; Peace at Home Family Shelter; or Magdalene Serenity House.