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Amarjit (Amy) Kaur Sahota

October 10, 1946 ~ June 24, 2018 (age 71)

Amy was born on October 10,1946 at her mom’s parents’ home in village Dehriwalla, District Amritsar, Punjab, India.  She was the third child among the three boys in the family.  Her dad was attending graduate school at U.C. Davis and her granddad was living in Stockton.  The family had not had a girl for several generations before.  Her granddad and dad were ecstatic and threw a big party to welcome her into the family.  Her dad returned to India a few years later and did his best to spoil her.  But fortunately she grew up to be a wonderful human being and a wonderful wife in spite of her family’s best efforts to spoil her.

Amy met her sweetheart, Manjit, in 1958 at the beginning of their 7th grade and they immediately started liking each other.  The two families were close friends.  Slowly the liking blossomed into love and Amy and Manjit decided to get married.  Both families were so pleased with their decision.  They celebrated their civil matrimony on May 23, 1970.  Both their fathers, being close friends, were witnesses on their marriage certificate.  This was followed by a ceremonial wedding on June 28, 1970.

Amy finished her bachelor’s degree in education after completing a degree in biology and chemistry, and the couple moved to Berkeley, California, where her husband was admitted to a doctoral program.  She started doing some odd jobs and eventually working for Blue Cross to support Manjit’s education.  After Manjit graduated from the U.C. in 1976, the couple worked for Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho, for three years and Aerojet Solid Propulsion Company, Rancho Cordova, California, for a year.  Eventually they moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1980 and had long and successful careers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. There she completed her M.B.A. degree.  She was a travel manager, Laboratory’s Budget Officer responsible for a 1.2 billion dollar annual budget, and the Laboratory’s Equal Employment Opportunity Officer reporting to the Laboratory’s Director.  The couple retired from the Laboratory in 2008 and moved to Shingle Springs, California, to enjoy their retirement.

Alas, their happiness ended  prematurely when Amy was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Stage IV brain tumor on March 7, 2018.  After her surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy she succumbed to the disease and made her transition to the better worlds on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

She is survived by her loving husband, Manjit Sahota, two brothers Chanchal Aujla and Manjit Aujla and several nephews and nieces.  Her younger brother, Sarbjit Aujla, preceded her death and succumbed to lung cancer in 2015.

She will be in our hearts forever.


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