Amanda Brame was active in the community. She volunteered with a number of organizations, including ACTS in Henderson and ACIM in Oxford. And she enjoyed going to Chick-fil-A.
She participated in sports through the Special Olympics and Miracle League in Franklin County, a baseball league for children with disabilities.
Brame died from the effects of COVID-19 on Feb. 21 at the age of 27.
Her parents, Patrick and Missy Brame, talked about their daughter and her active life.
Amanda was well known in the community, Missy said, adding that she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of sympathy the family has received.
Amanda especially loved going to Chick-fil-A at 200 Trade Street in Henderson. "It was part of her routine," Missy said."She loved everybody there."
She even had a Chick-fil-A shirt.
Susan Rogers, human resources director for Chick-fil-A Henderson, said Amanda had a special ability to relate to people. "When she walked into the place, it was like a light went on. She made the gloomiest day brighter."
The Chick-fil-A staff made Amanda an honorary team member in 2019, Rogers said, complete with name tag. And that is where she celebrated her 26th birthday.
When Chick-fil-A closed for renovations, the staff gave a chair and the C out of the Chick-fil-A logo to Amanda.
Missy Brame said when Amanda helped out ACTS, she might work in the kitchen or on the serving line. "One snack, one drink," her mother quoted Amanda's routine as she served the diners.
Amanda was born with Down syndrome, but she carried on a busy life in school and, later, in the community. At Eaton-Johnson Middle School she earned honors and was recognized as a student champion.
She graduated from Northern Vance High School. "That was her dream," her mother said.
Amanda became part of the community through her sports activities and her volunteer work.
She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 25, her father said. She went into the hospital for a couple of days, came home and then back into the hospital on Jan. 31 when her oxygen level dropped. She developed pneumonia, which individuals with Down syndrome are more vulnerable to, her father said.
Amanda died of a brain hemorrhage on Feb. 21.
Patrick Brame also became ill from the virus, and her brother Nick tested positive, although he did not exhibit any symptoms.
Patrick is now on the way to recovery, but the COVID-19 virus "is nothing to play with," he said.
A funeral service will be held for Amanda on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church by the Rev. Frank Sossamon.
The family has said that, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ACTS, PO Box 25, Henderson, NC 27536.