Amy Buffington McCann of Darien, who had a passion for gardening, decorating and cooking, died suddenly Wednesday, July 4, in Darien. Mrs. McCann, 45, was the wife of Richard A. McCann and mother to Alison, Jack and Colin.

Mrs. McCann was born on May 23, 1967, in Tampa, Fla., the  daughter of Alan and Elaine Buffington of New Canaan and Naples, Fla.

She attended Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Michigan State University. She married Richard McCann on Aug. 6, 1994, on Nantucket Island.

“Amy had a special gift and passion for interior decorating, gardening and cooking favorite dishes for her family and friends,” her family said. “Her husband and her three children brought true happiness and joy and always a beautiful smile to her face.

“Amy was an intensely committed mom, loving wife and fiercely loyal friend.  Her quick wit and gentle humor were attributes that permeated all aspects of her life. Amy will be remembered as a gift to all of us who were fortunate enough to know her.”

In addition to her husband, children and parents, she is survived by her sisters and their husbands, Lauren and Ken Slater of Palmdale, Calif., and Donna and Francis Jordon of Bethel; her mother-in-law, Daisy Pronko McCann of Westport; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Hugh Jr. and Sarah McCann, Marguerite Francis, Tom and Mary-Jo McCann, Rosemary and Paul Semanski and, Tim and Tricia McCann as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 9, at 11, at St. Luke Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, in Westport. A reception will follow.

Calling hours are Sunday, July 8, from 2-6, at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield Center.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Church, P.O. Box 1168, Nantucket, MA 02554 with a designation to “Amy’s Smile” Memorial Garden.

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