Amy-Jean Hazel Oliveira Johnson, lovingly known as “Monkey” to her friends and family, passed from this life on May 19th, 2019 at her home in Colorado Springs where she had been a resident for over 20 years. Prior to living in Colorado, she was a resident of Tampa Florida where she attended A.P. Leto High School and worked as a secretary for Hardway Construction upon graduation.
Amy was born on October 28th, 1972 to her father, Kenneth Oliveira, and her mother, Jean MacLay, in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised from a young age in Florida by her mother and stepfather, John Esau. Amy moved to Colorado with friends and after a quick courtship she married her husband, Jaymen Johnson, on May 17th, 2002. The two celebrated their 17th anniversary shortly before her passing. Together they opened several successful businesses and founded the Speakeasy Vape Lounge where Amy met many of her closest friends.
Monkey, as she was lovingly referred, loved socializing and greatly enjoyed engaging in conversation with friends on any number of topics. She was a wealth of obscure knowledge on both music and cinema and was never without a recommendation. She was a humanitarian who enjoyed helping people on a one-on-one basis. She was often an advocate who worked diligently alongside her husband to shed light on the suffering and needs of those in her community.
She is survived by her husband, stepfather, and countless friends. She is remembered fondly by Heather Roberts, Alea Vigil, Jessy Mason, and Trenton Higginbotham as being both friend and family. For Trenton she was as a mother to him and was often referred to as such. Though she had lost contact, she maintained a strong love for her dear friend, Deborah Dukes, and spoke of her frequently and with great affection. She was adored by all who met her, and her loss has been deeply felt.
A memorial service and potluck will be held on June 2nd at the Speakeasy Vape Lounge from 5pm to 7pm to celebrate the life of Amy-Jean. Attendees are welcome to share their stories and memories.