Amanda was born on December 16, 1959, to Robert and Carolyn Kimmel Allen. Her parents survive and live in Huntington. She graduated from Huntington North High School in 1978, and later from Huntington College where she earned a History Degree. She worked at Huntington City Library in the Indiana Room. She was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Huntington, Indiana. She was a 25-year member of Sigma Phi Gamma, Huntington. Survivors include: Parents: 1 brother: David L. (Kelli) Allen, Huntington. 2 sisters: Mrs. Kevin (Barbara) Rupley, Huntington and Janice Smith Walls, Ashland, Kentucky.