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ANDOVER, MA: Amanda Righter, 54, of Andover, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 22, 2014, after a brief illness. Amanda was born in New York City on August 15, 1960, to the late Alex and Sonia Kirman.

Amanda earned her master's in Speech Language Pathology from Arizona State University in 1983, and moved to start her family in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1984, with her family moving to Andover in 1997. She most recently had worked as a speech language pathologist at Hill View Montessori Charter Public School in Haverhill, Mass., and before that, at Breen and Leahy Elementary schools within the Lawrence, Mass., Public School System. She was also working toward certification as a teacher of English as a second language. She was a loving mother to her own family and also opened her home to children from around the world through exchange student programs and the Chernobyl Children’s Project. She was a dedicated friend and teacher and the embodiment of kindness and generosity.

Amanda was a one-of-a-kind person who chose to see the good in this world. Her friendship, humility and grace inspired those who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Alan; their loving children, Daniel, Sonia, David, and Nicole, all of Andover; loving sister, Lucie Burke and brother-in-law, Richard Burke and their children, Skyler, Alex, and Eva, all of Marblehead, Mass.

A small family service for Amanda was held on December 25th. A memorial service will be held at Temple Emanuel in Andover on January 13, 2015, at 3 p.m. Donations in Amanda’s memory may be made to the National Prion Surveillance Center at www.cjdsurveillance.com or Merrimack Valley Hospice House at www.merrimackvalleyhospice.org.
Published on  December 30, 2014
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