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“We are so sorry for your loss and we are keeping all of you in our thoughts. May you find peace in this difficult time. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Holly and Ted Rutherford

“The world has lost such a precious light in Mandy. I have fond memories of our days at Spicewood growing up through our Brownie troop events and...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Sarah Moore Valenzuela - Austin, TX

“We are so sorry for the lose of your beloved Amanda. We remember her beautiful smile and know that it will always be enshrined in your hearts. Love....Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Geoffrey Hale - Austin, TX

“John and Nancy, the Akin and McRae families, I wish I could have seen Mandy dance since she loved so well to dance . I hope her family will...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Dot Waldrip - Albuquerque, NM

“Mandy was a beautiful lady we will miss greatly. It was always a pleasure to see her however brief the visit. We will be praying for your family...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Randall & Kathy James - Austin, TX

“My memories of Mandy are some of the brightest from my years of dancing in Austin. There was a night that she and I spent out dancing together all...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Sarah Akin LoParco - Houston, TX

“John and family, We are deeply sorry for the grief that the loss of Mandy has brought to you and your family. Carol and Morris Miller ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Carol and Morris Miller - Austin, TX

“My deepest condolences to the Akin and McRae families during this very difficult time. I went to the same high school as Mandy and knew her briefly...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Desiree Dawson - Dallas, TX

“Deepest condolences to the Akin & McRae families. My thoughts are with you during this time. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Neelee Chini

“To the Akin and McRae Families: Please accept my sincerest condolences. Warm regards, Lorraine Cheng ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Lorraine Cheng - San Diego, CA

“John and Nancy, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your daughter. Nana/Eileen always kept us updated about how Mandy was doing. We know how...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Brittany and Gaynell Garey

“I remember Mandy as a vivacious, intellegent, friendly, and loving young girl at Spicewood Elementary School. I was her 5th grade Social Studies...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Frances Llewellyn - Bee Cave, TX

“I had the pleasure of knowing her just a short time, but long enough to know that she was an angel here on earth. I know that God must have needed...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Christa Black - Austin, TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Having lost a sister recently, my heart especially goes out to all of Mandy...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Anna Warren - Round Rock, TX

“We are so sorry for your loss. Mandy displayed such a vibrant "personality", as a little girl and was very convincing, selling Lemonade, with Derrick...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: The Daugherty's - Austin, TX

“I am deeply saddened to hear about Amanda. I had met her when she was at Pulmonary Rehab and was always amazed at her spirit, strength, and grace as...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Alice Stolfa

“It is with great regret to note the passing of such a young, lovely young woman. My heart goes out to her immediate family and to my friend,...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: sylvia - Austin, TX

“I met Amanada when she came through our pulmonary rehabilitation program. She left a lasting impression on myself and the staff with her strength and...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Kitty Collins - Austin, TX

“Dear John and Nancy, We know there are few words that could ease your pain right now, but we want you to know that we are here and we care. We wish...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara and Mark Kaplinsky - IL

“Our prayers and thoughts are with each of you at this time. God's Blessing, Pat and Billy Tumlinson ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Pat and Billy Tumlinson


Amanda Lee Akin McRae (Mandy) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on July 15th, 2011. This native Austinite was born on January 16, 1977. In the words of a very dear friend, Mandy was the heart of her family. This extends well beyond her immediate family, blood relatives, in-laws and step-relations to the many, many communities of which she’s been a part. In her loss, this large extended family feels somehow small, though we will be forever grateful for what she brought to our lives, and the legacy she has left through her work, her compassion, her spirit, and her example.

Her impact began with the families with whom she grew up on Antler Lane, her fellow classmates at Spicewood Elementary, Canyon Vista Middle School, Westwood High School (Gymnastics and Theatre clubs), University of Texas (where she earned a BSW, BA in Anthropology, and Master of Social Work degrees; played lacrosse and later served on the adjunct faculty, teaching courses on Social Justice). It also includes all of the children she cared for hands on at the Austin Children’s Shelter, the animals and pets she raised and/or rescued, and the many persons she served, mentored, and collaborated with through her work for Communities in Schools (AISD 1999-2005), Round Rock ISD (Grant Supervisor (2006-2009), and Education Service Center XIII (Homeless Education Specialist 2009-2011).

Mandy’s love of dance began at a young age and she ultimately married her swing dance partner L. Burk McRae, Jr., in June of 2003. Their son Ashley Jacob was born in April of 2006. She and Burk taught dance lessons together, founded a performing dance company and were very active members of the Austin Swing Syndicate. Since her medical problems were initially diagnosed in 2008, she has awed and inspired all of those around her, including her health care professionals, with the bravery, resilience and optimism she somehow maintained even as her symptoms became more uncomfortable, disabling and life-threatening. Though this is a tremendous loss for all those who knew her, or whose lives have been touched by her work or her story, Mandy was truly a gift to us all, and we will forever be blessed to have had her with us.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by her parents John Akin (Nancy Davis) and Petrena Barnes (Terry); siblings Krystin, Cindy, John, Erin, Jessica, Alexandria; Grandmother Stella Wilbur, and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Green burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Eloise Woods Cemetery in Cedar Creek. A Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at The Texas Federation of Women's Club at 2312 San Gabriel Street in Austin.

In lieu of flowers, the family request you consider making a contribution to an education fund for Amanda's surviving 5 year old son. Donations may be made payable to Ashley Jacob McRae, account no. 586023971999, and sent or delivered for deposit to any Bank of America location, or mailed to the family at 11204 Antler Lane; Austin, TX 78726.