Marianne Summerville opened St. John’s Presbyterian Church to offer people who knew the couple the opportunity to silently share their thoughts and offer their prayers to the couple who were so deeply in love with their music and each other.
“They played once a month at our services,” added Summerville. “We will miss them.”
People began filing into the Grand Saloon around 6 p.m., and it was evident from the red eyes and distraught faces that the couple had impacted many lives in their seven or so years in Bisbee.
Joseph Brand met Amy and Derrick in Tucson during a performance at Plush.
“After hearing them, I bought one of their albums and immediately became a fan,” said Brand. “When I moved here 10 years ago, I was surprised to find they had moved here, too.”
Kate Drew-Wilkinson felt that losing the couple created “a crater, like the Lavender Pit,” in Bisbee life.
“We are all thoroughly dazed at the news. They played everywhere,” added Drew-Wilkinson.
Brand noted, “No one ever had anything bad to say about them. They were good people. She had so much talent and played with wistful abandon. Things seemed to come naturally for her.”
Amber Wakeman, owner of Framed in Bisbee, was gathering photos people had of the couple to make a collage to pass on to the Ross’s family members.
“We’re trying to locate the family and let them know how much Amy and Derrick were loved,” commented Wakeman. “We feel a vacuum in our lives now.”
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